A Lonely Planet

There are more and more days when I feel like a satellite, drifting along in my little Zoom box, tending my portal to the rest of the world. I accept our reality and try like mad to stay positive, but who among us couldn’t use a bear hug – or how about a stranger’s smile?


In her new book, Good Chemistry: The Science of Connection, from Soul to Psychedelics, Julie Holland argues that we crave connection because it releases oxytocin in our brains, reassuring us that everything is connected and that we belong. Anyone who’s ever spotted a friend across a room full of strangers knows exactly what she means.


My friends are everything. As is the case for all of us, mine lift me up, carry me through – even drop me off occasionally – and we have never needed each other more than during this mirage of isolation.

This week on Collective Conscience, MOCA+ founder Michela O’Connor Abrams sits down on the farm with her lifelong friend (and MOCA+ contributor!) Liz Hudson of Hudson Farms – two women whose paths have diverged in ways beyond geographic, with a lasting connection that is a foundation in each of their lives.


I’m all for celebrating a magical connection. Pull up your satellite and stay a while!


Shelley Tatum Kieran is Partner at MOCA+. She can also be found @thehandfeeds.

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