Last night I dreamt about broken hearts and beehives.
Quarantine days, tragic stories, the bleakness of the time bomb inside us all. The losses we have already experienced, and the unknown who have yet to fall. Celebrities and loved ones, the old and the young. These are the thoughts that plague us all.
Yet along with all of the tales of loneliness, despair, and toilet paper comes beauty: the sudden cessation of polluting factories and belching cars, the promise of sparkling water and clear skies, people venturing out into their gardens to plant seeds that will grow into food to last through the long days ahead. …
Congratulations! You now get to work from home. It’s the culmination of a life-long dream. No commute, no dress code, and all the puppy kisses you want!
But for people who are working from home for the first time, there are a lot of challenges that come with the shift in work habits.
As someone who has worked from home for the past eight years, first for a company and then as a freelancer, I’ve seen it all. …
For the past four years, we’ve all been living through the worst dumpster fire of our lifetimes. We have kids in cages and corrupt politicians bragging about their corruption. Black and trans people being killed just for existing. Elizabeth Warren dropping out of the primary. I could go on but I just… can’t.
And then out of nowhere comes the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. (Seriously, as if we didn’t already have enough going on?)
This article is for everyone out there who is feeling depressed or anxious. Everything you’re feeling is valid, and you’re not alone. …
A small brown dog went to the park,
hoping to see old Jack the green shark.
Jack said, “what a day for a jog!
To get out, could you pass me that log?”
Noodles the poodle said she’d help.
She tossed in a stick covered with kelp.
The stick wasn’t enough for Jack,
who really just wanted a good snack.
“But I don’t know what else to do!
Maybe I could jump in there with you?”
“I would like that a lot,” said Jack.
“My only friends are ducks who go quack.”
Noodles jumped and then said, “it’s quite dark!” …
Tonight I went grocery shopping—for science.
Overseas, toilet paper has been scarce, and I’ve seen reports that certain necessities are running low at grocery stores in the US. I wanted to see for myself if reports that hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol, toilet paper, and various grocery items were in fact in short supply, as the Internet would have me believe.
Since I live in St. Louis, it made sense to shop at my local Schnucks store, since that’s the main grocery store chain in the city.
I meandered through the produce and deli sections (a girl’s gotta eat!) and noticed nothing unusual. No run on clementines (which is odd, because they’re delicious!) and there was as much salad, cheese, and salami as ever, a good thing if you’re on a keto diet. …
As fears ramp up about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), so do hoax sites, fake cures, conspiracy theories, and people out to make a quick buck.
Here are some resources you can use to find legitimate news and other information critical to helping you keep yourself and your family safe. I’ll also suggest some things to look out for so you don’t inadvertently share inaccurate information about the outbreak.
Below is a list of coronavirus resources from respected health organizations.
Everywhere I go these days people are talking about the coronavirus (officially named COVID-19). They’re scared for themselves and their family, and it doesn’t help that the president is calling the whole thing a hoax. Many of my friends are asking if the coronavirus is really that bad, how to avoid getting sick (and where to buy masks), and if they need to be worried or not.
I’ve been following the news since the original outbreak and have tried to stay as informed as I can about the latest information about the outbreak.
Here are some tips on how to be best prepared in case there’s a coronavirus outbreak in your city. …
As a writer, I’m constantly trying to figure out what I should write about next. Whether it’s for an article for freelance clients or my next fiction project, I’m always caught my personal interests and the marketability of my next project. Should I write what I think would be cool, or what I think will do well?
Based on what I’ve heard from fellow writers, it’s an age-old question without a clear answer.
If we turn to Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling by Emma Coats, the second rule is:
“You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. …
He never saw it coming.
I’m a paleoclimatologist who studies evidence of climate changes in the fossil record. Even though I was looking way back in time, I was the one who was given the gift of seeing in the future.
When it came to predicting where the next disastrous flood or hurricane would hit, my accuracy was 100%. With that kind of record, everyone listened to ‘Stormy Bill’. I was at the top of the heap and was making money hand over fist with my video channel.
Eventually, I predicted that the melting of the ice caps would lead to problems other than climate change and flooding. I had seen irrefutable evidence in core samples that our disasters were just beginning. But when I tried to raise the alarm, people laughed at me. The media and government discredited me and claimed I was promoting a hoax. My viewership dropped off my YouTube channel, and everyone pulled their ads. Overnight, my new nickname ‘Silly Billy’ ran in all the major papers around the world. …
The Irish traditional group Lúnasa just performed in St. Louis. Although I’ve been a fan for years, I’ve never had the opportunity to see them play live before.
Playing a song a day? No big deal for a professional musician, right?Here’s the catch: although he started off playing tunes he already knows, he’s shifted to writing a new song almost every day.
All of this was preamble to performing his latest composition with a few members of the band, even though they had only heard it once before. …