All over your house and all through your life, look for ordinary things that give you the safe feeling of constancy: rosewater and glycerin hand lotion maybe, or a quilt (my husband’s ninety-one-year-old grandmother made ours), or a cotton handkerchief.
You might do this by keeping a fountain pen on your desk, one that is perfectly weighted and shaped to fit your grip. Nice stationery works, too—engraved or embossed or textured with linen in it. For panache, add a letter opener, vintage or not.
There is a part of every human being that needs to interact with things that have been around awhile. In college I did a research paper about the Amish. I read then that an interviewer had asked an Amish farmer why he was against progress. “I’m not against it,” he replied. “I just don’t want [...]