A year ago this month, our sense of safety plummeted. Until then, “Be safe” was reserved for anxious mothers sending off their children. But amidst a worldwide pandemic, it became the new “Have a good day,” the new “I care.” Still, safety isn’t enough, not for weeks or months on end. And certainly not for a year or more. But safe and cozy? Now we’re talking. An intimate corner, a comfy nook to read and sip, a hideaway place to think and talk and dream–unmolested by fear—these things had always held appeal. But in the COVID era they’ve become necessary to our sanity.
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“The ache for home lives in all of us.” ~Maya Angelou
“If you’ve got a cozy mystery, and a dog is introduced, the readers’ first question is, ‘Does the dog die?’ They never ask about a cat. They know that the first rule of cozies is: The Cat Never Dies.” ~K.B. Inglee
“Home is where the heart can be open and loving with a sense of security. It must not be a place of fear.” ~Marilyn Barnicke Belleghem
“My safest of all places and my little paradise never has been an actual world; it’s the one I made up in my mind.” ~Samiha Totanji
“I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.” ~C.S. Lewis
“To have our needs met, to love, to be loved, to feel safe in this world and to each know our purpose, is a simple matter of creating those blessings for others.” ~Bryant McGill
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” ~Mother Teresa