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March 20, 2020


I am regularly amazed when I hear how difficult it is for so many to find something to do with themselves just because they have been advised to not go out of doors. We as a people, a nation, a global community might take the opportunity we have now -- sequestered and secluded -- to recover the lost world of imagination and relearn how to put it to good use as we await return to "modern times." Read, write, paint, draw, play chess, trim the roses, work on the car... I mean, what's it take?

Brilliantly said. Perhaps it is the shock we needed to recalibrate what it means to be human. Caroline Seebohm

Today, it’s March 21st,
spring equinox
and Morning Brew declares
World Poetry Day!
Listening to our ticking
Calendar Clock
I am grateful
for its tock.

Carolyn Clark

Poetry in motion...but also in love
that waits and waits, and still cares.

Yes, and then some. What do people do who can't just eat what's in the fridge and scribble on a pad (or, more likely these days) on a computer? I'm a historian, former activist in resistance to a dictatorship and in the women's movement of the 1970s--as well as a teacher and poet--and I challenge everyone to think: Who profits from this confusion, paralysis, disintegration of regular activities and interruption of the supply chain? Where are the unions clamoring for economic equity? Where are the progressive Democrats insisting on fair elections and exhibiting strong leadership? Where are the executives of giant corporations? are they cutting their own bloated salaries so that workers can get by? are they clamoring for income tax reform (back to the good old days of...Eisenhower) to fund the public coffers that enable basic services for all? (They're certainly not jumping out of skyscraper windows.) And who does their laundry? For that matter, dear geezers reading this blog, who does yours?

And how sad that so many need to.

One small suggestion on something very fulfilling to do indoors--it's a bit of a lost pleasure, by and large, and with so many surprises waiting, it is its own kind of cultural/civic White Swan:

Spend more time listening to your local NPR station. And send them a small contribution.

Activity suggestion (something new): If your printer has a scanner, look in the yard, garden, potted plants, or even a junk drawer. Place item on scanning bed with lid up or off. Darken room. Scan. The result may be interesting. Cheers, RS

For examples, see

To Michael C. Rush, and Caroline Seebohm: Exactly!!!! I feel guilty. With so many in misery, I am happier in quarantine than I have ever been in my life. Time to read,to write,to catch up on the pileup of unread literary journals where I am finding fantastic poems! Time even to learn FB.

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