Holding space for emergent occasions

I’ve been itching to write posts on light topics, to immerse myself in the inconsequential, but I have a few thoughts gnawing at me, like a splinter that needs to be removed.I just need to take a breath and be present, acknowledging losses as well as the grief and trauma felt by those left behind.Continue reading “Holding space for emergent occasions”

A blog without moss

It’s day 2357 of the pandemic. (Just kidding, who’s counting?) My teens ask me where their father is. There are several likely answers. Putting in more time on a major volunteer project or grocery shopping again because he’s eagerly embraced the hunter/gatherer role during the months when we feared All Things Indoor. His age placedContinue reading “A blog without moss”

So other than everything, how is it going?

Even before the pandemic, I wouldn’t always treat the question, “How are you?” as an empty exercise in good manners. If the right person asks and there is something to complain about, my answer was almost never “Fine.” Still, I also sometimes answer “Great,” in a hearty voice, mostly to show how happy I amContinue reading “So other than everything, how is it going?”

Seven months in

On March 23, 2020, I recorded the following numbers on my blog:  341,500 identified with Covid19 worldwide; 15,187 have died. 33,018 identified in the U.S., and 428 have died. Today, Sunday, October 11, here are the numbers: Worldwide: Over 37.2 million cases: over 1 million deaths.US: Over 7.7 million cases; Over 214,000 deaths. I knowContinue reading “Seven months in”

One month (or so) in

I have wondered how to take stock of one month (or so) of the pandemic and ongoing extreme social distancing measures. There are the good parts—my family and I have fallen into something of a routine, finding ways to get things done, work, chores, hobbies, and various diversions. We’ve found ways to connect with friendsContinue reading “One month (or so) in”