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Celia Marszal-Iannelli

Celia Iannelli is a native New Yorker enjoying a second career — in 'retirement' — as a freelance writer. She lives in Jamesport.

With COVID isolation, a new appreciation of Mom’s wisdom emerges

Be willing to shed what is safe and predictable in order to embrace new experiences, places, pleasures, and passions.

‘…If only in my dreams…’ Coping with a lonely pandemic holiday season

Holiday blues are common, but this year in the pandemic, many people will have to cope with being alone for the holidays for the first time.

Kindness: in giving we receive

Perhaps on Thanksgiving 2020 feeling grateful is not in the cards for some. But we can always — always — give kindness. We can dispel bluster and bombast with gentleness.

‘A lifetime burning in every moment’

What are we waiting for? Life with a capital L is happening now.

Learning to let go of negativity

In that moment of awareness everything changed: “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

In the new normal, where would we be without video?

In the age of COVID, Zoom, FaceTime and Skype connect us with family, friends, work and the community at large.

Lessons learned while COVID binge-watching

Marathon viewing included: "The Affair," "Dead to Me," "Ozark," "Liar" and "This Much I Know is True." All had one thing in common: These folks lived messy lives.

Weary, worried and feeling out of control: This is life in the time of the coronavirus

Wherever we are during this strange time, it would be wise to learn the art of bending and swaying.

Life in the ‘fifth season’ brings new perspective

During this uncomfortable season we shared a strange dance between loss and gain and life and death.

Coronavirus tilted our world, but perhaps the crisis has nudged us back to what matters

The coronavirus crisis came as thoughts of spring blooms and sunshine filled our world, which suddenly became very dark indeed. But in our new reality, perhaps we are being nudged back to what truly matters. Column by Celia Marszal-Iannelli.