Americans have rightly praised the key heroes and heroines of the COVID-19 battle, notably frontline healthcare workers and first responders. And our hearts — and hopefully wallets — have gone out to the service industry, most of all restaurant workers, who have almost no safety net in a crisis like this. I applaud folks who have tried to buy to-go food and tip servers as big as possible. In … [Read more...] about The Hidden Heroines in the Coronavirus Battle — Seamstresses!
The governor in my state, Virginia, has now issued a total stay at home order. We've gone from social distancing, travel advisements, and schools being shut down through the academic year to straight out "do not leave home unless absolutely necessary." The governor says to expect this through May. In one way the final order is good news. It's clarifying to have a leader who's not … [Read more...] about Coronavirus, Quarantine, and the Meaning of American Life
Keeping us all at home under a mood of "lockdown," and with no end date in sight, the coronavirus threat threatens to do much more — that is, turn us into pajama-wearing couch zombies with a permanent ring of Cheetos around our lips. Not so for Lady Virginia. Even if I wasn't a somewhat dressy type person, perfectly happy to never wear leggings or flip flops and never use icky … [Read more...] about Beauty In the Coronavirus Era
For the past couple of days I've gotten outside for a walk. Yes, a walk. Remember those? In spite of the powerful COVID threat, in my very small mountain town there's no government order yet in place prohibiting getting some fresh air and sunshine on a public street. So I walked around some local parks this weekend and took a walk into our downtown (it's right by my house) this … [Read more...] about ALERT: A Contagion More Powerful Than COVID Is Unleashed
You've gotten all the eggs, milk, and cheese that you can. Check. You're rationing the toilet paper, you've seen every show on Netflix, and you've cleaned out the junk drawers and finally tackled the basement. Check. Even your inbox is de-spammed and folder-organized for a bright future ahead. Check. So now what? You're bored, stir crazy, and itching for a diversion, any … [Read more...] about Why You Should Buy From an Etsy Shop During the Coronavirus Shutdown
The sun came up again today. The day is ahead of us. And so is the coronavirus pandemic. A Known Unknown Yesterday I was exchanging texts with my daughter, Anwyn, who lives in Paris and she asked me, "Is this what it was like during the AIDS crisis?" I had to admit that, no, what's happening for her is happening for me and my generation for the first time, too. We've never in our lifetimes … [Read more...] about How Lady Virginia Weathers the Coronavirus Situation