A Covid Journal – Day 17, Friday, March 27, 2020: Dylan’s dirge strikes a chord in quarantine

By Bruce A. Smith

Bob Dylan released a new song today titled, “Murder Most Foul.” It’s a studio production of Bob’s stream of consciousness review of all the dramas of the past fifty years, starting with JFK’s assassination. As such, it’s dirge-like and sad. But it touches some deep feelings that may be obscured by our current boredom or fear of Covid.

In fact, I’m writing these words as I listen to Bob’s dirge a second time. The first time I had to abandon it because it was too depressing.

But the piece awakens something that is real and important. Perhaps vital. Maybe others will experience something similar. I don’t think I am alone, and Dylan may have sensed that today was a good time to release this recording. Continue reading

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A Covid Journal – Day 15, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – Contributors come forward with songs, stories, and creative ideas to help us cope

By Bruce A. Smith

As I go into my third week of selective self-quarantining, I am amazed at the outpouring of creative tips from around the world on how to stay safe and sane. These welcomed suggestions range from Neil Diamond strumming his guitar in an official Public Service Announcement (PSA) to state-sponsored mealtime etiquette videos from Thailand.

So, grab your guitars – and maybe a box of Kleenex – and let’s start singing. Continue reading

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A Covid Journal – The Great Calm: Day 13, Monday, March 23, 2020

By Bruce A. Smith

As my second week in quarantine comes to a close, I feel a great calm emerging upon the land. Life is simpler, the world quieter. There is less traffic, less air pollution, less hustle and bustle. Maybe people are stressing less in some collective way – saying goodbye to the gotta get to work, gotta pay the bills, gotta take care of the kids hub-bub and just focusing on the basics of life, like food.

These past two weeks, I’ve driven to Eatonville every three or four days to get meds or food, and I can see Mount Rainier more clearly. All of nature seems in sharper focus to me. Continue reading

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The Covid Crisis: Tips for homebound kids

Special to the Mountain News

Editor’s Note: As school close and families sequester themselves at home, millions of families world-wide are wondering: what do we do with the kids? Here are some ideas from a young woman on the front lines in Seattle.

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By Gayle Deacon

In the time of Covid 19 the world is quieter. Schools, events, and even work are cancelled for an unknown amount of time for many. We are being urged to stay home as much as possible. The availability of certain essential groceries is spotty, and we need activities to occupy us through this time. Continue reading

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A Covid Journal – Day 10 – Friday, March 20, 2020

By Bruce A. Smith

Another beautiful day in Paradise! Nights are nippy, though, dipping down to the low 30s. But daytime temps here in Eatonville are hitting 60. If it wasn’t for Covid, I’d be worried about climate change and our unusually dry spring weather.

This is Day 10 of my self-quarantine, Wednesday March 18, 2020. It’s also Day 7 of the National Emergency that President Trump declared last week concerning the Covid outbreak. As such, I think it’s time to take stock of our situation, globally, personally, and materially. Continue reading

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A Covid Journal, Day 9 of my Self-Quarantine –  1st Day of Spring arrives, along with distinctions between Covid, a cold, allergies, and the flu

By Bruce A. Smith

Happy Spring, everyone! It comes early this year, March 19, 2020, due to the leap year and other astronomical perturbations that occur once every 400 years or so. Usually, spring arrives on March 21 but can fall somewhere between March 20-22 depending on those quadrennial leap years. Continue reading

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Covid Journal, Day 7 of Self-Quarantine, March 17, 2020

By Bruce A. Smith

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone. Erin Go Bragh, as we used to say in New York – or at least that’s what the banners would say in pubs and workplaces. It translates to “Ireland Forever.” However, the full Gaelic phrase is Éire go Brách, and that means “Ireland until the End of Time.”

The latter feels prophetic in some way. After all, this is the world’s first holiday in quarantine, and without any Guinness the best I can do is hoist my cup o’ tea and wish the best to the Green Isle.

I also toast a Salut to all those in Italy and Iran who are burying hundreds of Covid victims daily. Officials here in the States – not Donald Trump, of course – but all those who really matter are saying the same could happen to us. Specifically, governors like Andrew Cuomo of New York say we’re a week or two behind Italy in the Covid onslaught. Continue reading

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