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Ennui: a lack of spirit, enthusiasm or interest. Are you suffering from a case of ennui-enza? Do you feel resentful of others’ adventures and successes? Do you seriously (we’re talking dread) lack motivation to do one more errand, one more carpool run? Are the outdoors merely something to rush through from car to door? In …

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  I don’t know why it soothes me so when the mail comes, the sound of the metal door swinging open then closing—satisfying—shut.   The post’s arrival marks mid-afternoon, a quarter-note in the cadence of slow days. I try to shed pajamas and get the babies bathed by eleven most mornings.   The mail-woman—she’s in her late sixties, I …

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