I’ve got a reminder. Though for a lot of people, it may feel like there are so many things cancelled, not everything is. Right now some people are feeling unsafe, we’re missing sports, friends and in person classes, graduations, birthdays, mother’s day that just passed, and so much more. So here’s a reminder of a few things that are not cancelled if you’re open to them.
Welcome to another second Tuesday of the week, that means it’s Poetry Place day! If you’re reading with me today, that means you’re in luck for a small shift in gears because I decided to move in a slightly different direction of poems today— at least in the medium of poems.
Have you ever been injured in a way that parts of your body or your mind forgot how to do something the way it used to? The way our world exists right now—especially our nation—we are within the boundaries of both conditions.
I need your help. Whether it’s in print, a movie, a letter, a comic, or any one of our lives, a good story in each requires a few of the same things. I’ve got a small list, but I want you to add to it in the comments, on LinkedIn, Facebook, or wherever you’re seeing this: What, to you, makes a good story?
When I stumbled upon this book, I didn’t realize that the characters in it would be in the same situation but for very different reasons. But it got me out of my life for a little while and into another pair of shoes. Into another city, another life. This story is heartwarming and sad and a slight rollercoaster too, one that I think was worth the (in my opinion) short read. So without further ado, here it is.
People seem to have taken to the kitchen while sheltering in place and I think this is a great opportunity to appreciate how much of our food comes from the Earth. Even more than that though, we can also use it to connect with one another in the process.
Right now, the question we’re wondering about isn’t if they will happen, but rather how they will happen and change as we move forward. And the uncertainty of the answer is something I’m not particularly fond of facing. Sure, some of it can be exciting. But a lot of it brings me a whole lot of anxiety that I don’t like.
As many of us have been inside for a while, with the exception of work and a few other necessities, I know there are quite a few of you who miss the outdoors. So rather than give you an old poem of mine I wrote in grade six that starts out something like "bunnies frolic…Read more Poetry Place–Outdoors Again, Sort Of
No matter where we end up on the other side of the pandemic, there are a lot of issues that have gone unaddressed to the point where they not only devalue the daily lifestyle of people of color, but they endanger them when things like this happen. From societal allowances for racism to systematic ones for disproportionate health care, there are certain things that will not change unless we address them both inside and outside of this pandemic.
Rise and grind culture reflects our larger society, the society that just about all of us work and participate in. Even when there is a whole lot going on around the world and so many people are facing countlessly different situations, acting as if right now is the perfect time to buck up and buckle in to get work done is a problematic mindset to perpetuate.