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These days, during a pandemic none of us could have possibly anticipated, I’ve spent a great deal of time on the phone and on Zoom calls with people. This abundance of Zoom seems ubiquitous now, but it was relatively new right at the beginning. The phone, of course, wasn’t. Both before and during the pandemic, I’ve tended to spend a lot of time with people over the phone. Zoom fatigue is real, and I’ve experienced it sometimes, but overall, in this chapter, I’ve found myself grateful for voice.

It’s taught me something about myself as well.

We all need physical connection. I would prefer my family and friends to be easily accessible, but since that has been lacking, I realize that I’ve probably always felt a sense of physical connection primarily through voice.

That may be one of the reasons I’ve done okay in this pandemic. I didn’t lose voice. I still hear people’s voices and often.

I’m very grateful for those voices that connect physically to my own.

— Renee Roederer

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