1. Hey, another week has passed! April has felt like the longest year but we are doing it, every day. I’m proud of us.
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1. This week in particular felt iffy, but yet here we are. It has passed. Like a kidney stone. But it’s still Friday.
2. There’s a lot to think about in this piece: In Times Of War (And Coronavirus) We’ve Always Relied On Women To Sew.
3. Not gonna, the coping level varies from day-to-day here. What about you?
1. We did it–another week. We are so good at this now. I’m proud of all of us.
3. From Austin Kleon, books you can finish in an afternoon if you’re having trouble concentrating.
4. Related to the question of “what world do you want to return to?” yesterday, this opinion piece makes some excellent points.
…it’s also worth asking if we are willing to allow governments and corporations to return to business as usual. When everything’s back to normal, will we accept cities cutting off their poorest residents’ water, or evicting the sick, or throwing someone in jail because they can’t afford to pay a fine?
1. Another week! We did it! We are doing great. YOU are doing great. I think we all deserve a Churchill wartime quote:
“Now, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
2. This article from the Harvard Business Review is the most helpful thing I’ve read about emotions during a pandemic. I honestly wanted to pull-quote the whole thing: That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief.
There is something powerful about naming this as grief. It helps us feel what’s inside of us. So many have told me in the past week, “I’m telling my coworkers I’m having a hard time,” or “I cried last night.” When you name it, you feel it and it moves through you. Emotions need motion.
3. When I said yesterday I was staying off Twitter, I made an exception for this collection of very round animals and I did not regret it.
1. We’ve made it through the first week of isolation. Every day is an emotional roller coaster for me, but it’s hard to have every routine totally upset. I, um, punched my punching bag off its hanger yesterday morning so, you know, we’re working through all the feelings as best we can.
As you are present with how you are feeling, allowing yourself to experience the slower pace, more stillness, you are prepping the soil. As you tune into what feels like the next best step for you, for your family you begin planting seeds to heal the shock of rapid change and gently rebuild trust in the power of creation.
3. Do you need something to read? Libraries are closed but you can still get ebooks and audiobooks sent to your phone or Kindle. Here’s a list of recommendations–they all looked good.
4. Do you need some opera in your life? (Who doesn’t?) The Met is live streaming an opera every night for the foreseeable future. Sunday night is Onegin with Hvorostovsky!
1. I got the OK to start working from home yesterday, my state seems to be taking things seriously and canceling lots of events, and I went to therapy last night–so I’m feeling better all around. My therapist’s take on it: “The world needs a two-week time out.” Looks like I picked the right month to sew a bunch of stretchy pants.
2. This also made me feel better (yes it’s from Twitter whoops I was back on):
i think the impulse for many people is to look at things closing down or events cancelling right now as a sign of doom, but for the most part i think it’s cause for optimism—someone in charge of something is taking this seriously, and doing what they can to limit interactions
— Amanda Mull (@amandamull) March 12, 2020
3. The most important question of all: Is It Safe to go to the Gym in the Midst of the Coronavirus Outbreak? (Short answer: yes if you and your household are healthy, be clean, avoid crowds.)
Whew. Hang in there, friends. We’re all in this together.
1. Oh hai! I didn’t mean to disappear for two days but my dad was teaching me how to lay tile and we started early. I learned how to cut cement board and plan a tile pattern and use a tile saw and tile scorer and put up thinset and set tile. Learning!
2. If you’ve ever read a food blog, this is hilarious: If You Want My Blueberry Muffin Recipe, You Must Read This Crazy-Long Preamble First.
3. Anxiety makes me go immediately to the worst-case scenario of, well, everything. So sometimes I need to remember this:
1. Yesterday’s Pre-Raphaelite cover reminded me of one of my favorite pieces from when The Toast was publishing: Two Monks Invent The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. “Big hair, no heart” is my 2020 mood.
2. Changing gears, there’s been a lot of talk in my friend groups about preparing for the spread of coronavirus. One group is pretty freaked out, the other not so much, and I was falling under the umbrella of “We’ll probably be fine, no need to stockpile things.” But this Scientific American article changed my mind (and offers specific, detailed advice on what “prepare” means):
We should prepare, not because we may feel personally at risk, but so that we can help lessen the risk for everyone. We should prepare not because we are facing a doomsday scenario out of our control, but because we can alter every aspect of this risk we face as a society.
That’s right, you should prepare because your neighbors need you to prepare—especially your elderly neighbors, your neighbors who work at hospitals, your neighbors with chronic illnesses, and your neighbors who may not have the means or the time to prepare because of lack of resources or time.
1. This is accurate:
2. This is helpful: How to Stop Freaking Out and Tackle Climate Change