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Like everyone else, I am in the doldrums. I quite like that word. Merriam-Webster defines it as “a spell of listlessness or despondency” or “a state or period of inactivity, stagnation, or slump”. It became a nautical term in the 19th century to refer to the belt around Earth near the equator, where sailing ships sometimes get stuck because there is no wind. Before that, though, in the late 18th century, doldrum was a dull, sluggish person. That’s me, today, in a flannel nutshell. ..

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