Alone Together

Most of us are confined at home due to the coronoavirus pandemic.  These are frightening and unsettling times to be sure.  We could have been prepared for this.  We should have been prepared for this, but we were not.  This seems true in most of the world but especially so in the United States

To all of those doing essential work, who don’t have the privilege of hiding from the virus at home, I thank you.  Thanks so much, you grocery store workers, postal system workers and people still working in factories or picking up the trash/recycling.  I especially thank the medical workers including doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, ambulance attendants, EMTs/paramedics, patient care assistants and direct care staff.  I appreciate you all so much and hope that you help us get through this and stay healthy yourselves.

Many small, independent cultural venues are threatened.  Musicians can’t to the gigs that they depend on.  Try to help them and encourage them as best as you can, both now and after this thing finally runs its course.  Better days will return eventually.

Some people are out of work and hope to get some money to help them to get through this.  Some are able to work at home and others are just home.  Some are home by themselves and others are home with others, including children who can’t go to school.  It’s good to embrace culture as best we can.  Listen to music.  Read books.  Watch movies on your home video equipment or over your computer.

Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an artist, it’s good to do something.  Write notes on things that you observe or keep a daily journal.  Try to write poetry.  Paint or draw pictures.  Make collages or sculptures.  Try to respond to all of this or do something to take your mind off of it, to escape from it.  Yes, be creative.

It’s good to try to set a routine.  Go out for a walk every day, or most days.  If you need to go out shopping, be careful and try to sanitize your hands when you leave the store.  Investigate the possibility of grocery pickup or delivery.  Phone, email or write postal letters to those loved ones and friends whom you can’t see.  Go in to yourself and out of your self.  Good luck to all of you.  Take care.

 

These are strange and frightening times.  For the most part, many of the powerful people in the world have failed to protect the people at large.  Alarms were sounded, but no one listened to them, or so it seems.  Be strong and try not to give in to panic or despair.

 

From 2002

 

These photos will enlarge if you click on them and hit the backspace to return to the post.

 

3 Responses to “Alone Together”

  1. t Says:

    Thanks Maurice.

    Yeah, we’re at home. Just got a long walk in with my daughter,
    We need the inspiration from all to help keep all sane. How is your family doing esp. your parents? Wishing you well.

    TR

  2. artremedy20 Says:

    Everyone’s OK so far, thanks. Detroit has it rough and April looks like it’ll be a difficult month. I’m lucky to be able to work from home.

  3. John Jingle Jangleheimerschmidt Says:

    From the confines of Apt. A: Thanks Maugre for the words and pics. Esp’ly like “Hide-Out”. Stay safe, brother.

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