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Emotional Sixpack | On power outages and flexing different muscles

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The power went out last week in the wake of a crazy windstorm. And it stayed out for almost six days. We lasted two nights in the house, then resorted to spending days in the library—along with everyone else in our area, it seemed. Who knew that it is now perfectly acceptable to talk at a normal volume in a library? Someone joked that the library is now noisy, while the coffee shops are quie...
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When the power goes out: on habit + ritual

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I once asked a native Michigander why, while rain and snow storms are common in Michigan and even tornadoes occasionally pass through, the city where we live—Ann Arbor—seems to largely go unscathed. I expected an explanation about geographical features or wind patterns, but instead he said, "Have you ever looked at a map of the city? We live in the middle of a big heart!" And indeed, if you til...
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