Tough Problems—Living in the Time of Coronavirus

How to handle cabin fever, plus tips for job hunting during the pandemic: Tough Problems—Living in the Time of Coronavirus

My Shelter Diary

Thoughts and feelings during the first days of my ordered “sheltering in place: My Shelter Diary

2 hours of chanting in a Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room

5 Remote Work Resources to Work From Home Productively

If you’re new to remote working or trying to figure out how to work from home, these tips will help you stay productive: 5 Remote Work Resources to Work From Home Productively

There's got to be a pony in here somewhere

One of my favorite stories seems very appropriate for these times

“Over lunch today I asked Ed Meese about one of Reagan’s favorite jokes. ‘The pony joke?’ Meese replied. ‘Sure I remember it. If I heard him tell it once, I heard him tell it a thousand times.’”

“The joke concerns twin boys of five or six. Worried that the boys had developed extreme personalities – one was a total pessimist, the other a total optimist – their parents took them to a psychiatrist.”

“First the psychiatrist treated the pessimist. Trying to brighten his outlook, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with brand-new toys. But instead of yelping with delight, the little boy burst into tears. ‘What’s the matter?’ the psychiatrist asked, baffled. ‘Don’t you want to play with any of the toys?’ ‘Yes,’ the little boy bawled, ‘but if I did I’d only break them.’”

“Next the psychiatrist treated the optimist. Trying to dampen his out look, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with horse manure. But instead of wrinkling his nose in disgust, the optimist emitted just the yelp of delight the psychiatrist had been hoping to hear from his brother, the pessimist. Then he clambered to the top of the pile, dropped to his knees, and began gleefully digging out scoop after scoop with his bare hands. ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ the psychiatrist asked, just as baffled by the optimist as he had been by the pessimist. ‘With all this manure,’ the little boy replied, beaming, ‘there must be a pony in here somewhere!’”

A 70-year-old Woman’s Response to Coronavirus

‘Luminita, do you believe in the coronavirus?’ A sweet 70-year-old woman asked me the other day while I was in her store.‘I believe in God‘, I replied: A 70-year-old Woman’s Response to Coronavirus — Purpose Fairy

Coronavirus: your guide to safer shopping and travel

How to reduce your risk in a world of ‘help yourself’ salad bars, reusable cups and busy trains: Coronavirus: your guide to safer shopping and travel

 

How You Should Get Food During the Pandemic

The coronavirus makes an age-old dilemma much more fraught: Order in, or cook at home?: How You Should Get Food During the Pandemic

Parenting during coronavirus: What to know about play dates, education and more

School’s canceled. Many parents are working from home. Now what?: Parenting during coronavirus: What to know about play dates, education and more

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