Solace
What a Month!

Another Monday

. . . but this one has a bit of extra-cream.  (Because it's my birthday!)  Time to . . . 

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"Worry is like a rocking chair:  It gives you something to do, but never gets you anywhere."
        --- Erma Bombeck

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I don't know about you, but I spend way too much time these days . . . rocking.  

I really need to GET OUT of the rocking chair.

Over the weekend, I discovered this great list of 20 Questions to Help with COVID-19 Anxiety put together by author Kathleen Smith.  (Her book is called Everything Isn't Terrible.)  (I haven't read it.)  (Maybe I should.)

Anyway, take a look at the list of questions.  Maybe they'll help you, too.

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Speaking of masks . . . 

This piece from the Washington Post provides a very interesting perspective on the wearing of masks in public . . . by everyone . . . in the time of coronavirus.  It makes a lot of sense.  Now I'm going to sit at my sewing machine later today and sew more masks!  (Maybe I'll even figure out a way to distribute them to my neighbors.  Because I'm willing to try just about anything to stop the spread of this thing.)

And another thing -- Alabama Chanin has turned to manufacturing healthcare masks (and no -- they are neither stenciled nor embellished).  You can support their efforts with a donation -- or you can order a batch for your family or community.

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If you're looking for something to listen to . . .  that won't make you feel more anxious than you already do . . . have I got a podcast for you!  Check out Brené Brown's new podcast Unlocking Us.  It is smart, interesting, and oh-so-soothing for your soul.  Highly, highly recommended.  

(If you listen, let me know what you think!)

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In the Did You Know department . . . Last week, the National Emergency Library opened!  This digital collection of 1.4 MILLION books (!) "supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed."

You can click on the link above to go directly to the library, or you can read about the library itself in this article from The New Yorker.

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And . . . that's it for me on this Monday!

Here's a parting thought for you. . . 

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Things look bleak . . . partly because they ARE bleak.  But also because we're looking at numbers without real context -- and most of us do not know how to interpret this kind of data.  Try not to get fixated on the numbers.  (This is what I tell myself when I wake up in the middle of the night.  Do.Not.Fixate.On.The.Numbers.)

Stay well.
Wash your hands.
Flatten the curve.

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