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Downing tools for the summer usually provides a rare chance to stop, take stock and—if need be—rethink. Ordinarily it’s a brief but precious window, unmatched at any other time except, perhaps, new year. How different things are in 2020. The summer “break” for many of us will involve staying in the same home where we have, in effect, been “paused” since the first stirrings of spring. 

In many respects—financial, medical, social—we will be counting the cost for a long time. But like any really big disruption, the effects are not uniform:…

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