Seriously, let’s start a movement to bring a European work ethic to the States. Let’s all close up shop for the summer—we’ll shutter our city homes and travel to the coast to take hikes, read books and bake pies. Then we’ll return in fall, refreshed, so we can buckle down and work work work through a dark winter. It makes sense, doesn’t it? It’s cyclical, it’s restorative, it makes for better mental and physical health. Yeah, it sounds good, but nobody will go for it. So it’s back to Plan A: Buy Lottery Tickets.
NARRATIVE BY Kathi O'Neil: Founder and contributor to the weekly newsletter Portlandpicks.com