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Friday, March 27, 2020

Reader Question: How are other readers spending this time?


A Reader Question for the Community:
Well, this was a surprise!  How are my fellow SWNE readers doing?  Do you think people could share updates?  Any helpful ideas to share?  I really hope everyone is staying safe!      
Kindest regards.



42 comments:

  1. Two kids at home from boarding school and college. We are playing board games, reading by the fire, studying on-line, cooking & baking, and walking the dogs on the beach while observing safe distances. Life could be worse.

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  2. I am an administrator in a school district, so I am spending time supporting our efforts for distance learning! My days are very full and I am glad we are giving students a chance at continuing a regular schedule and daily learning. It is a new adventure and we are looking at it as a new opportunity!

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  3. I already work from home, so this isn't really new for me. Many of my clients are adjusting, however, so that does give me more free time than usual. I've added some additional exercise, play with the dogs a little more, and have started reading a book I've long put off. I also play bass guitar and have been learning a few new songs to play. And, there are more than a few house-related projects that I've been avoiding with clever excuses (which no longer hold up) like, "Oh, honey I would but I just don't have the time."

    I think much depends on one's attitude towards all this. If, overall, you think this is "bad," then negative it surely will be. For me, it's helpful to keep an open mind. I try to remember that certain things are beyond my control, but how I react to them is certainly well within my control. I'm not always able to do this, but when I can my experience is always a better one, whatever the situation.

    Stay safe and healthy

    Aiken

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  4. I’m working from home so from 9am to 5pm I’m pretty much occupied. Otherwise I’ve been watching movies and taking long walks on the trails through the forest and the creek.

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  5. I'm a municipal administrator, and I'm still working as usual. We've closed our walkup windows for bill payments and zoning applications and such, but we are otherwise continuing with our duties and are fully staffed.

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  6. A lot of Netflix crime thrillers with my wife The Grand Duchess in the evenings. Otherwise keeping my students moving forward with remaining assignments for the semester, grading submitted projects, answering e-mails, and meetings via Zoom plus helping our son with online homework during the day. The usual stuff, but much more time online than before two weeks ago. Sadly, no reason for nice shoes, jackets, and neckties however.

    Best Regards,

    Heinz-Ulrich

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  7. Husband has been sent home to work along with most of the company. I’m spending my time doing what I might do normally this time of year-spring cleaning and starting the garden. Trying to do more reading.

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  8. Retired, so reading, walks, bird-watching. Web-surfing....

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  9. My class at Penn is on "Mindfulness and Human Development". Part of that is doing meditations, which helps under the present "stay at home" situation. Up until yesterday, doing nature walks at a local park, which is now closed. I having reading to do on the subject and class projects, a ten page page paper due at the end of the semester. We did a three hour "online" lecture class via "Bluejeans" on Wednesday. It was fun and worked well. 'Also staying busy with household chores and cooking. Have you or Clark done anything with "mindfulness", knowing your interest in education?

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  10. Field testing a new couch....to make sure it's working correctly

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    1. Now that's a great idea — works even with a non-new couch. Gotta try it.

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  11. We are beginning our third week of self-isolation here in Atlanta. We've only left our property twice during this lock down and that was to pick up curb service delivery at the local grocery store. We have seen no one for 15 days other than the person who put the groceries in our car.

    But we are NOT complaining!! No way! Our hearts go out to all those who are struggling with health and financial issues, and we are spending every day being extremely appreciative of our situation.

    We are newly retired and have plenty to keep us occupied - books, murder mystery TV shows, Italian classes online and playing on the internet. I have also experimented with cooking (which is rare) and have, once again, put my clothes through the "spark joy" test while Tim is preparing our garden.

    But primarily, we are Skyping and FaceTiming (is that a verb now?) with our family and friends much more than we would normally would so we're creating closer bonds than ever. Stay safe everyone!

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  12. Amongst other things, I am reading LA noir detective novels - Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy - and when I finish one, watching the film on Amazon Prime. Everyman's Library has nice editions of the novels and the movies are fun. Love the nostalgia... the amount of booze they drank is staggering!

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  13. I am remote schooling my second grader, which takes up a good part of the day. We have also been spending a lot of time outside, in the years and hiking on local trails. Otherwise, I have been reading, doing yoga, cooking and baking and completing jigsaw puzzles. These are all things I like to do anyway, but I have had more time for them these past couple of weeks.

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  14. I have been working taking care of patients in my primary care medical practice. We are getting through wearing masks and using lots of soap and water. My patients have been great, they are so appreciative and trying their best to follow the guidelines. I have been doing many telemedicine visits. American are the best ! Stay safe.

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    1. The public is sincerely thankful for all medical health professionals who are on the front lines during this historical event. For everything there is a season; therefore this too share pass.

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  15. Since our business has to close for almost 3 weeks, starting in on the beginning of Spring yard work, and continued restoration on our 1978 MG Midget. As tough as it is on us all, it's so nice to see folks trying to continue to live as normal of a life as we can, and stay positive. Everyone, please be safe, and take care!

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  16. I'm supporting my very disappointed high school senior, whose boarding school has closed, and my 8th grader. In addition, we're sheltering in place at my parents who we were visiting from overseas. I'm missing my husband who is at our home in Saudi Arabia.

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  17. Working from home, but using downtime to clean out cupboards, my in-laws are staying with us as they got caught between wintering in Palm Springs and going home to Spokane - we were a safe haven. They are tackling repainting the dining room, and there are plenty more jobs that we can all do together. Watching Fr. Brown for some light relief, and drinking plenty of tea and reading. Walking the dogs daily gets us some fresh air.

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  18. My Wife and I are doing a lot of reading and keeping abreast of things through the Internet and T.V. news programming. We are going to Gulf Beach in Milford today and hopefully catch a few hours in the fresh air and Sunshine. Be safe everyone and remember "this too shall pass".

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    The Science of Well Being
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    1. Heads up, Yale's class - The Science of Well-Being is NOT free (it's $50).

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    2. It’s free if you don’t opt for a certificate. Coursera is great. I took two classes about dinosaurs from the University of Alberta last winter through Coursera. They were good classes with interesting lectures and interactive coursework.

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  20. Muffy writes! Novel

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  21. I've been reading crime fiction, sci-fi and speculative fiction lately with the perks of "working from home". Ozarks Season 3 premieres today on Netflix.

    It's also a good time to hose down my Barbour Beaufort and apply a fresh coating of wax and maybe go for a run along the Charles later.

    Nope, I didn't load up on toilet paper or canned food. I have plenty of dry foods already including a decent supply of Wholefoods 365 dark chocolate with coconut, Brazil nuts and green tea.

    Somewhere out there, Heavy Tweed Jacket is listening to old recordings of New Order. I think I'll meet him halfway and play Interpol.

    Cheers Muffy. I'm still a massive fan of yours after all these years.

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  22. Catching up on writing articles for magazines that have been requested. Penning my memories of growing up and early marriage years before they were born for our children/grandchildren. www.storyworth.com is a great way to do the latter. They get to read e-mailed 'episodes' as written and ask for more detail, deeper explanations and sometimes advice as mine related to their own stages of life.

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  23. working full time from home, 2x college students also home and doing remote learning, 1 high schooler will start remote classes when our schools start with it next week. with no commute, more time to hike with family and puppy.

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  24. Working in my garden and recovering the chairs in my dining room.

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  25. I have actually quite enjoyed life at this slower pace. As a family we have spent plenty of time outdoors working in the yard, on spring cleaning projects, biking, walking the dog, fishing, and hiking at local natural areas. I have been spending about two hours a day on my music and it is really making a difference in my playing. Normally we are so busy with extracurricular activities that it is hard to slow down and enjoy the simple, so for my family there has been a bright side to this bad situation. GLH

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  26. Well, since I've been retired now close to two years, I haven't been doing anything differently. I have, however, been rereading all my material about religious solitaries and recluses. It seems appropriate. Spring is here and things are greening up. The lawn will be calling for me come Monday. My barber shop is closed, that, and that worries me a little.

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    1. 'A Time to Keep Silence' by Patrick Leigh Fermor is on my re-read stack. Too short but otherwise exquisite.

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  27. Working from home and my dogs are loving it! Enjoying the extra 2 hours per day I now have because there is no need to get "dressed up" or commute. Spending that extra time knitting a baby gift -- a pullover hooded sweater (toddler size) with the name OLIVIA knitted into the pattern. It's progressing well. And trying not to binge watch the news to stay calmer -- PBS news does suffice!

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  28. Calling family, relatives and friends
    Watching British dramas and detective series on television
    Watching opera and concerts on DVD and Bluray
    Listening to my favourite composers on CD
    Gardening
    Painting and decorating
    Walking by the river and in my local parks which are, thankfully, massive.

    My local health club, tennis club, golf club and local swimming pools are all closed.

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  29. I am sifting, sorting, organizing, and preparing to make a very large clothing donation to the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop. Everything will be clean, pressed, and on hangers. Everything is in pristine condition, but I want less because I truly do not need this much since I'm retired and have a pretty quiet life.

    It feels good to lighten the load.

    Jacqueline

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  30. Packed up and left South Florida this week and now back at home in blissful self-isolation on several private acres in NE Georgia. I work from home, where ever home happens to be, so this is uneventful in that regard.

    Been reading a bunch of Charles Finch murder mysteries. I recommend.

    Started weeding this morning and cleaning up fallen branches in the yard. These projects never end. Chillier temps next week will allow for an afternoon cocktail and fire pit lighting.

    Going to repaint a bedroom and bathroom shortly--never got to it last year and no excuses this year--Just do it!

    Hope everyone is well and safe. Prost!!

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  31. Reading Shakespeare.
    Painting the front porch on my house.
    Keeping the dog away from the front porch, almost entirely successfull so far.

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  32. Setting a few small goals each morning and working my way through most of them. Then at the end of the day forgiving myself for whatever didn't get done. I've also been attempting to bring the social phone call back into my life, by phoning up old friends I know are also staying home, and having a chat about work, reading, art, life, the current situation, wherever the conversation goes. Doing the same with neighbors, outside, from a safe distance, on our quiet street.

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  33. Re-reading Dante. The Divine Comedy is the perfect accompaniment to the virus-enforced isolation. I highly recommend Charles Singleton's scholarly translation (Princeton University Press, first edition, 1973, second printing with corrections, 1977), with the Italian on the verso pages and the English on the recto pages. Each of the three volumes (Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso) is accompanied by a companion volume of exegesis and commentary. It's a sterling work, and it's the best of the three translations of Dante I possess. Professor Singleton was given the Gold Medal of the Dante Society in Florence -- as was TS Eliot, another admirer of Dante who quotes a passage from the Inferno at the beginning of his famous poem "The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock".

    The classics of the world are an enormous comfort in troubled times. I am fortunate to possess an extensive collection of books, classics and modern works, on a range of topics, acquired with care over the decades. It is priceless.

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  34. Having to work from home (which would be ok if my IT worked properly-- alas it does not), as well as homeschool my kids. My city apartment is not set up for two fulltime home offices and two home schools each and every day!

    In terms of free time- I love to read so I have had weekend time to read, but I miss travel, restaurants (where I live takeout is also shut down, and delivery is practically non-existent), cultural events, and seeing friends in real life versus a phone call or via screen.

    -EM

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  35. Fighting with my husband over the heat. We are both still working, since we're lucky enough to be essential. He isn't working from our house, though, so he objects to the daytime setting when he gets home. Too bad, so sad, lol.

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  36. As others have said, I'm enjoying the slower pace--which means, in truth, that I'm fortunate enough to do so. My wife and I, thank our luck stars, are still employed and are on mandatory work-at-home orders. In our downtime, we're catching up on movies and select new television shows, delving into each week's issue of The New Yorker (there's never enough time to read the whole thing, even now), baking bread (yeah, I know--but I love it), listening to a lot of muse, and, for myself, practicing my guitar. I still get semi-dressed eadh day--no lounging around in pajamas Monday through Friday for this trooper. I at least put on Brooks oxford and khakis, even though the shirt might stay untucked. This way I'm ever ready for the impromptu Skype video call from the boss, without having to look like I'm too zealous. The toughest thing is keeping the cupboards stocked--it's been a learning curve, getting to know who the most reliable sources are for the basic provisions and so on.

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