Friday, March 20, 2020

Big weekend plans? Oh, you're staying home? Me, too. Because we're all in this together.

As I recently said on Facebook:

When people say, "This coronavirus hysteria is silly," or, "Healthy people don't need to worry, the only ones who will die are old people or those with underlying conditions," I kind of want to scream. It appears to be true that healthy people will probably not suffer much from Covid-19. But the people who could suffer greatly or die from complications? Those who are immunocompromised, have chronic illness, heart disease, lung conditions including asthma, those who have diabetes, and the elderly. There are people in my life -- people I love with all my heart -- who have these conditions or are elderly. "The only ones." No human being is an "only one" and no one's life should be so casually dismissed. So please, if you are healthy, do all that you can to help keep vulnerable populations safe. The vulnerable population is sitting right next to you.
And some of that vulnerable population is right here in my house. It is of the utmost importance that as many of us as possible stay home as much as possible.

Here are a few things we found this week that can help:

A few things to do:

50 free classes at Creativebug

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Browse the Metropolitan Museum of Art or visit the National Gallery of Art or the Musee d'Orsay

There are nightly Met Opera streams.

Take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Animals! Live Cams at the San Diego Zoo

Reading for free: 

I love the Libby app, which I use through my local library.

Get 30 days free at Scribd.

Do you homeschool? Or do you currently have your kids at home? 

Free ideas from Brave Writer

Homebound: free, online conference, co-hosted by Julie Bogart and Susan Wise Bauer (March 23-27)!

If you're anything like me: 

Reading some of the many, many, many, many books in my home library that I've been meaning to get to.

Watch Gilmore Girls with my girls (because Ramona hasn't seen it all yet. It's been an ongoing group watch for some time now. We're on Season 5, but we might get further faster in the days and weeks to come....)

Getting outside for walks. It snowed last night and it was cold today, but I'll be back at it tomorrow.

Stay tuned for this work-in-progress. Working title: "One Day at a Time."


  1. Hi Karen! Yes, there's nothing so maddening as people acting like getting other people sick is no big deal. !! Thanks for the tip about Creativebug -- I hadn't seen their site before. Have you watched any of the Met Opera livestreams yet? We watched some of La Traviata last good!!

    1. Tabatha, enjoy Creativebug. It's a treasure trove. I haven't watched the livestreams yet, but I feel so heartened that so many good things are being shared. Such a spirit of community as we struggle through this together.

  2. Anyone in any doubt that coronavirus must be taken seriously by people all ages only needs to look at what is happening poor Italy. I went in to work on Tuesday to sort out stuff so that I can work from home and was horrified that my boss planned to keep the archives open to the public "so people have somewhere to come if they want to get away from home for a while". Aaarghh! (She has now been instructed by senior management to close from Monday). As I am asthmatic I have been signed off to work at home for an *initial* period of 12 weeks. This is going to be a long haul. I'm trying to blog it day by day - wonder how long I will be able to keep that up for!

    1. Kathryn, yes, the situation in Italy is heart wrenching. Unbelievable. I'm so glad you're working from home! Yes, these "initial periods" are rather staggering to consider. My husband and daughter (both teachers) are home, too. The only way I can think about getting through this is one day at a time. I'll be following your daily posts!