Travel Now? Where?

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This morning I caught a bit of the stock market show Squawk Box. Jim Kramer, one of the hosts, opined about the state of travel and why people aren’t traveling. After all some people aren’t scared about the virus.

That is true. I’d say I’m able to assume the risk and take precautions. I’d love a cheap airline ticket. However, Jim, just what would I do when I got to my destination. I can’t think of a museum, national park, theater or site that’s open. On top of that restaurants are closed. All the pluses of travel are shut down.

Just because something’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s worthwhile.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely  catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how you did during week 6 of the WuFlu Lockdown. Of course, we’d be having coffee and talking over the phone or on Zoom.

Last Monday I had two conference calls and a Zoom board meeting to attend. Then on Tuesday I had another two conference calls and could have joined a Zoom event through my church. They’re doing the wonderful Alpha program and now it was transferred on to Zoom. While it’s lovely that Zoom enables people to connect during a lockdown, I was just tired of this format. I watched the Alpha program on my own, but couldn’t bring myself to watch another Zoom event.

My team at work has coalesced and unified, which is great because there’s little support as we’re remote and our office is 95% closed.

I’m missing the library. I’ve finished most of the books and DVDs I’ve checked out. Yes, we have access to ebooks, but my password doesn’t work with Hoopla and Libby’s offerings don’t compare. Also, I still prefer real books.

I enjoy both Dave Rubin and Ben Shapiro and here’s a video I’ve started watching with both of them talking about Free Speech. I also recommend Eric Metaxas’ interview of Candace Owens.

I finished reading The Starlet and the Spy, set in Korea just after the Korean War. In a nutshell, it was okay, but I’ve read better. More on that tomorrow.

Last night was another terrific pair of episodes of The Last Dance, the documentary about the Chicago Bulls 1997-98 season. I learned a lot about Dennis Rodman and Phil Jackson.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely  catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how you did during week 5 of the WuFlu Quarantine.

Time sure is odd. In some ways, I’ve gotten a fair amount accomplished, but still this seems like a merry-go-round with small scene changes and little forward movement.

We had snow two days last week. I hope that’s the end of it, but I got an email with a photo of 9 years ago today and it was of snow outside the backdoor.

Work is one step forward, one back. My team makes good progress and then there’s a new bureaucratic rule or person to deal with. At least I have work and for that I’m grateful.

I did a bit of work on my play. Some polishing and wondering how to market it.

Last night I watched The Last Dance about the Bull’s 1997-98 season. It’s quite dramatic and authentic. Even if you’re not a sports fan, I think you’d enjoy this.

 

 

Ready for Another Week of Homeschooling?

I’ve been fascinated by homeschooling for years, though I don’t have children and can’t therefore homeschool. Now all parents with kids from kindergarten through high school must homeschool. Many of these parents also have to do their own work and with lockdowns, I don’t think you’re supposed to have a nanny come by.

Actress Mayim Bialik has homeschooled her children for years and offers wise perspective.

If you had a crazy, tough week last week, that doesn’t have to be the case this week.

Poem of the Week

COVID 19, #1

By J’Ann Schoonmaker, my friend

I cried this morning,
remembered to breathe,
opened the door:
Trees still standing,
pale blue sky,
wispy clouds skirting tree tops:
Nothing foreign here.
Daffodils wave
in breezes born
from the west:
Nothing new here.
Tulip buds grow larger
fanning green leaves
bursting to bloom:
Nothing stagnant here.
What else must I notice
this, only, our eighth day of
sheltering in place?