It’s been a week of uncertainty, worry, and change for most of us here in the US and around the world. In the US, more and more state and local governments, businesses, and institutions are cancelling events, banning large gatherings, closing their doors, and encouraging people to stay home. Here in Virginia, schools have been closed. Our church has cancelled services for this week and next week (and probably beyond.) The church that sponsors my children’s and youth community choruses has done the same, so I’m not holding rehearsals for the time being. The stores are out of everything from peanut butter to toilet paper, and you can’t buy hand sanitizer or antiseptic wipes for love nor money.
Mr. Bookwyrm and I are fine. We are healthy. We stocked several weeks of food and necessary supplies almost two weeks ago, and have kept refilling as needed since. And heaven knows I’ve got more than enough books, fiber, and yarn to keep me occupied!
We are listening to the experts. We’re washing our hands frequently, and will practice social distancing by avoiding public spaces as much as possible and mostly staying at home. Mr. Bookwyrm may soon be teleworking, and I already work from home. I plan to get back to taking walks, as I know I need the exercise to stay healthy. I’m postponing the physical therapy I just started for my shoulder (the other one this time!) and will do my PT exercises at home, too. And Robin will be teleworking as of this week, which is a relief since they live with my over-80-year-old parents.
Even amidst the anxiety, I see people pulling together to help and reassure each other, and that gives me hope. I visited my neighbors yesterday to offer help if they need anything in the coming weeks; they offered us the same. Alumni of my college rallied to support students who now have to leave campus for the rest of the semester and may not be able to return home (particularly international students.) People are sharing lists of online educational resources for parents, suggesting ways to help arts organizations and individual artists weather the cancellations, and using social media to share music, art, and prayers to calm the spirit and lift the heart.
Please keep the most vulnerable in your minds and hearts going forward. They are really the reason we all need to do this; most healthy young people will survive, but older people and those with chronic illnesses or fragile immune systems (like chemo patients) may not. Please do your part! And above all, let’s just be kind to each other — even from a distance.
Last Week on the Blog
- Sunday Post – 3/08/2020
- How To Support Your Local Bookstore in a Pandemic
- News & Notes – Coronavirus Closures Edition (3/14/2020)
- Sunday Post – 3/15/2020 – this post
This Week on the Blog
- News & Notes – 3/21/2020 – tentative
- Sunday Post – 3/22/2020 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I read two ARCs this week: Close Up by Amanda Quick (due out on May 5) and First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn (April 21.) I finished rereading Pegasus in Flight and went on to reread Pegasus in Space, then The Rowan and Damia, all by Anne McCaffrey. Now I’m rereading Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster. Decluttering at the Speed of Life (Dana K. White) is on pause for now. (Click titles for Goodreads or my review.)
Listening: Really, not much this week.
Watching: Picard (season 1), Warehouse 13 (season 3), and “The Trouble with Tribbles” episode from the original series of Star Trek. And a lot of Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah.
Added to the Hoard
Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)
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Print: Isn’t this a lovely set of the Anne of Green Gables series? The print’s a little on the small side, but it’s still readable. And a friend who owns a used bookstore sent me A Darker Shade of Magic, which I’ve wanted to read for some time now. Kindle: Murder at the Mansion; Taste of Marrow; Beginnings (Click title to see on Goodreads.)