FQW Paul Costello

Paul Costello takes a quiet moment while canoeing.

Just over three months ago we started “Five Questions With ...” to put a human face to this pandemic. Today marks the final installment in this stage of the project, but it will continue with a new set of questions more focused on Vermont’s recovery. Here, Paul Costello, of Montpelier, offers personal and broader insights into how the pandemic has shaped him — and Vermont.

How are you handling self-isolation?Like many Vermonters, I’ve had ups and downs. I’ve been working a lot of hours at a high pace, and painting my house or hiking. As an introvert who loves to read, I never feel like I have to kill time, and I like being alone, especially when I can connect to nature in a canoe or on a mountaintop. There is a richness to the settling in of staying home more. But at the same time, the anxiety over the pace of the pandemic, who will be impacted, when will it end, how much isolation and protection we need, and the worry about how it is hurting others, especially the most vulnerable of us, all wear on me, and probably on everyone. I tend to handle it by going outside as much as possible, calling friends, and reading.

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I think Paul Costello should run for governor in 2022.

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