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Just Another Manic Monday

Well, maybe not so manic.
But it's Monday all the same! Time to . . . 


As usual, on Mondays I share a bit of this and a little of that and things I discovered over the weekend. (And I always start things off with my quote-for-the-week.)


“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
        – Viktor E. Frankl




Like many of you, I'm determined to learn more about racism and understand/accept my role in perpetuating it. I've got three goals here: Learning, Doing Better, and Doing Something. I'm reading a lot right now, and trying to expand my "channels" in any way I can -- given the limits imposed by the pandemic. One thing that I've found really helpful is finding and following Black leaders, academics, teachers, and activists on Instagram. There is so much I can learn from them. (Let me know if you'd like some recommendations, and I'll share my ever-growing list.)

Shortly after the more recent protests began, I started following Rachel Cargle on Instagram. In an article last month, the New York Times explains that her "honest and empathic approach to changing white people and supporting black people is shifting perspectives on an increasingly large scale" (you can read that article here), and I find that to be absolutely true. 

Rachel Cargle is offering a 30-day online course called #DoTheWork designed to "be an eye-opener and a call to action for those who seek to be allies to Black women." You can start the course at any time; it is self-directed and offered at no cost (although you may choose to support Rachel Cargle's work through her Patreon account, which can be accessed through the course link). I've just started the course myself. Maybe you'd be interested in joining me?



This week, Corona Lisa brings us tips about using a public bathroom during the pandemic . . . because sometimes we just can't wait. Here are some dos and don'ts for those times when you need simply MUST use a public bathroom (from the NY Times):

  • A bigger bathroom with more stalls is better -- because it is likely to have better air circulation than a small room.
  • If the stalls are occupied, wait at least 60 seconds after one opens up before you step in.
  • Don't use the toilet seat covers (they're not sanitary anyway . . . having been in the stall through multiple flushes by the time you get in there) -- and sit yourself down on the seat (don't hover); you're less likely to leave "dribbles" behind.
  • If there's a lid, close it when you flush. If it's an automatic flusher, stand back!
  • There is no real preference when it comes to paper towels or hand dryers -- just avoid any reusable hand towels.
  • And when you're done, GET OUT FAST!

If you'd like to read the whole article, click here.


And here's a handy chart to help you assess your risk when contemplating your activity choices:




This week, let's visit the Louvre in Paris!

If you click here, you'll arrive at the Louvre's Online Tours page -- and once there, you'll find plenty of options for checking out the offerings at the museum. You just choose a tour, and off you go! There will be an exhibit map, and from there, you just click on a room to begin your adventure. You can click on any of the "information" icons to get detailed information and a closer look at the work, and you can click on the arrows to "wander" from exhibit area to exhibit area.

The Online Tours page (linked above) also includes a list of further online resources (to the right, under the thumbnail photo of the Louvre pyramid).

Yeah. It's not exactly like being there. But you don't have to contend with lines and crowds either!



I don't know about you, but some days (these days), I find it hard to just get moving and DO something . . . anything . . .  let alone something fun or joy-filled or (good heavens) productive. A few weeks, Gretchen Rubin published this "bingo" card of 42 simple challenges designed to get you moving and help you find some energy.

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You can click on the graphic to embiggen (which is a Real Word), or you can click here to download your own copy of the "bingo" card (word of warning: to download it, you'll have to provide your email address and sign up for Gretchen's newsletter).

Although I won't be trying to complete ALL these challenges or even work toward a "bingo" here, I do think there are many good ideas on this chart. Some of them may even provide just the springboard I need . . . to get off my butt and moving again when I get stuck. Check it out. Maybe you'll find some inspiration, too.


And that's it for me this Monday morning.
I hope your week is off to a good start!