I was well on my weekly way to completing a column, when the disquieting news about the Omicron variant in South Africa broke. The column in the works suddenly seemed a non sequitur, temporarily at least, and the notion of starting anew from scratch while still in the acute recovery phase of postprandial Thanksgiving torpor was very uninviting. If anything, like the rest of us, I needed a COVID-free moment.

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