The tv is too loud, screaming news overwhelmingly bleak. So I leave it off and turn to books and podcasts. I turn off my phone for hours at a time. I turn off social media and embrace the quiet. I lie down with a pillow over my eyes, listening to a story. I sit by the fire and read. I sit in the stillness. I read a book o poems. I give myself space to feel my feelings. I send a friend a podcast I'm enjoying, thinking she will like it.