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Alone in a cabin in the woods, solitude seems like a decadent luxury

Watching the snow fall across the rural landscape, emotions are heightened and thoughts run clear

By Cal Flyn   May 2019

What is it about being alone that's so inspiring? Illustration: Kate Hazell

I spent last month at an artists’ colony in the woods of New Hampshire. Each resident is given a cabin in the forest—mine was a simple, single-roomed structure with bare rafters, and a bathroom tacked on out back. The exterior was clad with overlapping sheets of hemlock bark. Smoke rose in a curl from the chimney and dissipated among the thin pines. Inside, a fire crackled and spat, and my narrow bed nestled alongside a desk,…

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