Escape leprechaun mode at the George Read II House & Garden in New Castle

Back in March, The Guardian published an explanatory article about “goblin mode,” a lifestyle trend roughly defined as “slob and give up.”

The topic has since surfaced in English-language journalism.

Whether you’re reassured or repelled by other people’s stories of consuming reality TV, eating weird and unbalanced meals, or neglecting personal hygiene, the leprechaun vibe is more than a catchphrase. It’s a symptom of the world we live in, a world that sometimes pushes us to the edge of our mental well-being.

“My ability to slip into goblin mode predates the pandemic,” Natasha Radmehr wrote in the Sunday Times, “and is usually a sign that I’ve pushed myself to the point of exhaustion.” But of course COVID-19 has 19 brought a new level of despair. Cases of depression and anxiety have skyrocketed and people have left the workforce in frightening numbers, citing burnout and family priorities.

The Delaware Historical has completed improvements to the National Historic Landmark George Read II House, a historically sensitive mechanical upgrade to replace failed systems, improve energy efficiency, and preserve the historic home's delicate interiors and collections.

This is a hard pill for the arts and culture sector. As of July 2021, cultural nonprofits had already lost an estimated $17.9 billion to social distancing. Revenue is now partially recovering, but COVID disruptions are no longer the only consideration. The pandemic has taught people to stay at home, to say no, to brace themselves against the sensory overload of the outside world.

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