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Posts tagged ‘covid-19’

Quarantine Prompt a Day <3 Regular Comfort

22 March 2020

One of the ways I’m coping with self-isolation is by working to keep what I can of my daily and weekly routines.

Waking at the same time I would if going to campus to work, walking the dog at the same times along the same route each day. That quiet cup of coffee in the morning, the slow ease of a glass of red wine at night. 

Wednesdays I strip the beds, wash sheets, and put crisp, new bed linens on, with assistance from a particularly ‘helpful’ cat 😀

Saturday mornings I clean and wash the litter boxes, empty out and clean my fridge, mop the hardwood floors, clean the bathroom.

These small acts so much a part of my ‘normal’ weekly schedule, I’m finding, are helping to make the crisis we’re all sharing a bit less overwhelming, providing some balance in a regular, now-that’s-better, way. 

“Routine” as a descriptor often gets a bad rap, but right now, it feels a lot like comfort. 

Make art about the comfort to be found in routines. 

routine

Quarantine Prompt a Day <3 Emergence

19 March 2020

The jonquils in my yard have emerged, blooming like glory. I was struck while outside this morning, this first day of spring, with a kind of surreal awe at the beautiful constancy of this mother planet.

Even as we’re surrounded with fear or panic, which as a species we’ve seen again and again over millennia–famine, war, plague 😦 — even in the darkest days, there is the arrival of beauty. 

Make art about what’s emerging. 

jonquil emerging

Restarting the Prompt a Day <3 Since We're Isolating…

14 March 2020 

Personal matters and responsibilities had grown to the point that I simply didn’t have the time or energy to keep up with my daily prompts. But now, I think we need art, and creativity, and beautiful distraction, more than ever. So 🙂 here we go again. Let’s start with the obvious. Take care of your beautiful selves ❤

Make art about feeling overwhelmed, about stopping to breathe in the midst of the onslaught, about caring for yourself in spite of the stress. 

overwhelmed

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