Since some time ago, most any work in the home—other than work that is really telecommuting to somewhere else—has been the object of more or less aggressive denigration. Indeed, work in the home has practically given up the ghost; it is not actively denigrated anymore because it is so generally seen as menial, servile, or simply below our serious notice.

The connotation of the word “chore” pretty much says it all.

But then again, there seems to be something new afoot. People are sensing that our wholesale abandonment of daily life in the home has left a serious crater. For a growing number, the glamor of new ways, new freedoms, and new technologies—most of which have been at the expense of all that goes on at home—is growing dull….

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