"May you live in interesting times..." At this point, I think we can all say that we do.
We find ourselves in the midst of a pandemic, with much of the world's human population isolating in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Very unfortunately a growing number of people are suffering with the disease, and with no official treatment and so many shortages, we can only send our prayers and hopes for their recovery.
For many of us, though, the main question is how to spend our time, and how to continue with or revise the projects we had been planning before the outbreak. Also, how do we stay in touch with each other and keep our spirit of community, when we can't visit each other in person?
Many people find themselves with their children suddenly at home from day care, school or college. Depending on the age of your children, this can suddenly be a full-time job, and with schools continuing online, I'm sure it must feel like home-schooling for many. College students were suddenly sent home; this is the case in my house. My son continues his college classes, and we still have to find a way to bring his belongings home.
Performers find themselves with many gigs canceled, but still wanting to create and connect. Many have posted online, which is lovely and hopeful. It doesn't pay the bills, though. It is a time of great concern for those without work. Students and teachers can continue to meet online, and much creativity is happening around this. But it isn't the same as being in the same room, playing with peers, playing a duet with your teacher.
Some jobs continue with a heavy workload. Some people continue to go to jobs. Medical workers are risking their lives on a daily basis to provide care to more patients than are possible to handle.
How are you spending your time these days, and how are you keeping connected to your friends, colleagues and projects? Please look for what best describes your situation in the vote -- I'm limited to five options, so feel free to say "something else"! Then please tell us how you are doing, describe what is going on and how you are coping.
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