Surviving Lockdown

Diana’s way of spending and surviving lockdown.

Myths of the Mirror

Life continues to feel surreal.

A week ago, the hubby’s fixation on the news became too much.

I had to flee the house.

And ended up outside:

Beneath blue skies.

Spring said, “Hello, I’m here for you!”

I found some moss that needs a serious haircut.

And got my dirt ready.

In a week or so, I’ll plant my cold crops and watch them grow.

My dad turned 89, so I left a message in sidewalk chalk outside his senior apartment.

And in my writing room, I’m making masks.

And writing. A little.

My heart goes out to all those who are suffering.

To all those who are caring.

I wish you warmth, peace, and light.

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12 Gentle Reminders for Struggling Writers

Reminders to encourage writers.

Meg Dowell

1. There’s always going to be someone better than you. Your only competition should be trying to be a better writer than you were yesterday.

2. Dreams don’t have deadlines. It’s never too late, too soon, or “the right time.” If you want to do it now, do it now. If you’re not ready, then you’re not ready.

3. Writing isn’t about who gets to the finish line the fastest. It’s about what you’re willing to do with the stories on your mind in the time your universe allows.

4. Getting published isn’t a requirement for all writers. You’re a writer because you write. That’s the only rule.

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Good People Doing Good Things — Little Things

More good people doing good things.

Filosofa's Word

As I was looking about for good people tonight, I came across a story about a teacher going the extra mile to stay in touch with her students, and I thought about one of my own blogging buddies, Jennie.  Jennie is a teacher in New England and I’ve always admired the extra effort she puts into teaching her students, helping them learn an appreciation of reading at an early age, doing fun things with them to keep them interested.  She gives so much of herself every day, but since the schools have been shut down, she has really dedicated herself to her students, to ensuring they still get their daily dose of reading and that they don’t feel alone.  I would like to ask you to take just a minute to visit her at A Teacher’s Reflections, read how she’s helping her young students get through the isolation, and…

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“These are not normal times.”

Former President Obama speaks. We needed this.

On The Fence Voters

Wow, talk about the understatement of the year. I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to hear from the 44th President of the United States today. A formal endorsement of his Vice-President, Joe Biden, came today. It was only a matter of time, of course. Why he decided to wait until the primary season ended, with Bernie Sanders finally dropping out and also endorsing Biden, is anyone’s best guess.

But I get a sense that Barack Obama doesn’t just do things by chance. I’m sure he pondered whether to weigh in earlier on who he wanted to see as the candidate to run against Donald Trump. Perhaps he didn’t want it to be Biden. Or, maybe he merely wanted to let the people decide for themselves, and not get in the way of the process.

Frankly, I don’t care what his reasons were. Because his announcement today was a…

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The Post Office is in Trouble. Here’s How to Help.

It’s vital the U.S. Postal Service is not allowed to fail.

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Is the U.S. Post Office, enshrined in the Constitution, really about to go bust?

The Post Office is in financial dire straits, yes. It is also true that they’ve been under tremendous financial strain before and received help from Congress. So what’s happening now? Let’s go through a quick rundown.

Why is the Post Office in trouble?

The Post Office is in trouble because the coronavirus has sharply curtailed how much mail is being sent by businesses. Late last week Postmaster General Megan Brennan informed Congress of the dire situation. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), the chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the Post Office said this after their briefing, “[T]he pandemic has completely changed the environment here. The mail volume drop is catastrophic.” Just last week, the drop in mail volume was around 30%, and it is expected to get as high as 50% as the pandemic wears on.

The Post…

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art and war…

May the Risen Lord have mercy on us all.

Paul Militaru

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Art and War

Is very true that through photography, I express my soul experiences. I have often been asked why I do not write a few impressions on each photo, why I do not do photojournalism, or why each photo is not accompanied by a simple comment.
If I were in war I could have written, although nowadays we could say that it is a war, with a treacherous enemy, unseen, evil but much more effective than an army of people with a rifle pointing at you he can go down and kill mercilessly and without being able to respond in any way, as Bill Gates said in a conference that many may not have justified by labeling him an eccentric, crazy millionaire.

It is known, however, that a photograph can illustrate and say much more than a thousand words, which is very true.
I have written some stories about…

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Patience

Sue’s tale of patience about her son’s tree.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Last year, my son had his garden re-done. The heavy sleepers supporting the old decking had rotted beyond salvation and what should have been a quick repair job became a major undertaking that took all summer and well into the autumn. Long before it was practical to start buying plants, he discovered Japanese maples… and we spent hours, days, trawling through catalogues and visiting garden centres. He fell in love with several, but as established and well-aged trees, their price was astronomical. Then he got lucky… a beautiful sapling, with deep red foliage, a spiralling stem and a sensible price tag just seemed to be calling to him across the plant centre. We took it home.

I spent the rest of the summer desperately moving the potted sapling around the garden to stop it from scorching in the sun and, come autumn, chocking the plant-pot with heavy tubs to prevent…

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