Quarantine Musings

I suspect many of us will look back at this “shelter in place” with nostalgia. Not to say there isn’t danger and stress and anxiety, but when we look back on this time of forced isolation; we’ll remember the extra hours we spent with family, gazed fondly at our friends’ and colleagues’ faces on Zoom or Team or Skype, watched animals frolic on live cams, experimented with that old forgotten recipe, laughed at memes on Facebook, waved at neighbors and deliverymen as we took our daily walks (careful to stay six feet away).

The “pause” button has been pushed. We can look at it as a worry or we can look at it as a gift. Children are home with their parents. Kind of like the “snow days” when I was a little kid in Seattle. Everyone stayed home. We enjoyed each other’s company, played in the snow… Time – a precious gift – has given us space to re-evaluate priorities, strengthen bonds of love, and do things we’ve always been meaning to do (just as long as it doesn’t involve leaving the house). Let’s treasure it.


COVID-19 in 2020

We started out the year
With loads and loads of hope
Today it’s only March
But we’re wondering how we’ll cope

We’re facing a pandemic
That’s grown exponentially
A unique global crisis
As all the world can see

We’re blocking off our borders
The grocery shelves are bare
We’re hunkering down in isolation
We’ve had quite a scare

To display love for our neighbors
We stay at least six feet away
Wash our hands assiduously
And won’t forget to pray…

For the essential people at the front lines
Helping and coping as we speak
Manufacturers providing PPEs,
ventilators, test kits — Flattening the peak

The doctors, nurses, police and media
Working hard to keep us informed and secure
The families who’ve lost loved ones
To help them to endure

The teachers teaching remotely
Children home from schools
Restaurant workers adapting
Creatively living within new rules

These days of social distancing
Let’s socially reconnect
Through Zoom, Team, calls and letters
Give encouragement and respect

Tell your friends, family and clients
That you love and wish them well
Hope they’re healthy, happy and safe
Sequestered for this spell

Spend time with your family
And let them know they’re dear
Follow CDC’s instructions
And we’ll last another year.


First Day of Spring

This morning I was privileged to be at the 10:00 a.m. Story Time at Charlie’s Corner in San Francisco. It is a cozy children-only store with books tailored just for little ones (and their parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles, of course). Their interior is delightful with a huge hollow tree in the corner with a round opening graced with a velvet red curtains for puppet shows.

Elise Filka used her frog puppet to interview me and Jeff played his guitar as we sang a welcoming song, a song about a spider and a song about the sun. I read my book “Spring”  and we looked for pink petals and quacked like ducks and picked out swans and fawns and other lovely spring-time things.

4102 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94114 (415) 641-1104
Charlies Corner

After that, I introduced my next book “Armadillos Amble” where we acted out the ABC story of twenty-six animals doing things with the same letter as their names. We ambled and hopped and slithered and ungulated (and learned new words) and then sang the “ABC” song. The half-hour story time ended with a goodbye song and a cloud of bubbles.

One mother said it was the ‘best story time she’s ever attended’.


Spring is now an e-book

As of December 14, 2017, Spring has now available on Kindle, Nook and I-Book formats, published by Gatekeeper Press. You can buy it for $2.99 or download a sample for FREE. Either way you can sign up to be on the mailing list for my next book.

I am committed to writing books and poetry that add a little sunshine to reader’s lives and providing literature to help those learning to read English to do so with laughter and a sense of fun.

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