Years ago the famed theologian Paul Tillich wrote: “Language... has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.” Isn’t it true that so many of us struggle with the challenging tension between the unmitigated joy of being by ourselves and the occasional agony of unbidden loneliness? We hear writer Nancy Kirsch’s thoughtful and not-so-solitary reflections on this very complex subject.
Nancy Kirsch has worked as a lobbyist, corporate lawyer and, most recently, as editor of The Jewish Voice, the newspaper of record for Rhode Island’s Jewish community. An award-winning writer, she is now engaged in freelance work. Kirsch lives in Providence.