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Sinking Like a Stone

This has been a hard week.George Floyd was murdered, and protests against the kind of police violence that lead to his death have spread from Minneapolis to other cities.National Guard troops have been called in.The LGBTQ communities lost Larry Kramer, who was often a controversial figure for his uncompromising demand that we all do better.Mr.... Continue Reading →

Giving the Audience Time to Breathe

My spouse and I have watched Charlie’s Angels (the one released in 2019) every night since Mother’s Day weekend. I’ll start off by saying that I really don’t understand why it has only a 51% rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Actually, I can probably guess why it has that rating, but I think that rating is horseshit.... Continue Reading →

Fears, Urgency, and What Comes Next

I’ve said before that I don’t want my blog to become “all COVID-19, all the time,” but that’s hard to avoid. We’re in the middle of what many experts are calling the worst pandemic since 1918. Avoiding the topic completely isn’t possible.And right now, I’m really struggling to think about anything except the crisis.I live... Continue Reading →

A Rambling, Shambling Post

I’m having a tough time figuring out what to focus on in today’s post. I don’t want to write about sheltering in place again this week. Partly because I don’t want to become an “all COVID, all the time” broadcast. Plus, not everyone has the luxury of sheltering in place. And a lot of people... Continue Reading →

Fangirling as a Coping Strategy

First, I hope that photo of a crowd doesn’t give anyone the jitters. I know I’m not the only person who watches TV or movies and freaks out about how close the actors stand to one another.I was chatting with a neighbor—while maintaining appropriate social distancing—and she commented that she’s so hypervigilant right now that... Continue Reading →

What Is Normal, Anyway?

A lot of writers have already crafted posts and articles with tips on how to be more productive during the shelter-in-place orders that so many of us are facing. The Internet is full of resources for learning new languages, improving our baking skills, exercising at home, and homeschooling advice.We can find lists of the must-watch... Continue Reading →

Lockdown’s Hidden Gems

This global pandemic has changed a lot of my normal routine. And, like so many, I’m struggling at times to stay positive.But I’m also finding golden moments and new favorite companies to support. I thought I’d use today’s post to give a little shout out to those gems that are helping me get through.I’ll start... Continue Reading →

Looking Beyond

A challenge I was given this week is to think about what comes after this pandemic. They asked me to identify three or four things I'd like to see change because of what we've learned. It's a harder question than I expected it to be. And I think it's hard because I have so many... Continue Reading →

Looking for Silver in the Dross

I’m really struggling to write today’s post, which is why it’s going up so late in the day.I’ll admit that this pandemic and the governments’ responses to it have stirred up a lot of emotions. And I’m struggling to deal with all the things I’m thinking and feeling right now. I’m unsure about the future,... Continue Reading →

Managing Expectations

Lots of people have already written posts about how completely abnormal these times are. If you’re a Chuck Wendig fan, you’ve likely already seen his brilliant and profane post. If you haven’t, you can read it here. Maybe you’ve seen the various memes that are bringing some much-needed levity to the situation. I liked the... Continue Reading →

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