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Everything is Cancelled

2 Apr

I made it to Day 2 of my COVID-19 Creativity Challenge, friends! It’s a really difficult time, I know, and maybe writing silly songs or making art or any creative endeavor you choose may not seem that important, but I believe they’re a lifeline to get us through these days.

Today I wrote a song, somewhat based on some advice that I read in a letter that Dr. Mary Ellen Lane, the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UMass Medical School, wrote to the students of her school as they prepared to be away for an unknown amount of time. She encouraged them to take this unexpected time to do things that they might not be able to do like “read voraciously.” I’ve found that I have had the time to read more – both for work and for pleasure. I’ve been able to take longer walks with my dog. I’ve actually enjoyed cooking a little bit. And of course, now, I’m doing this activity and it makes me (1) write a bit, (2) pick up a musical instrument, and (3) be back here on my blog.

I guess what I’m saying is that despite all the legitimate bad news of the days, if we wish, we can make something good out of it. That’s what the song is about today.

April Fools! (Not)

1 Apr

Hi everyone! Gee, it’s taking me so very long to get back into the groove of regular writing here, but let’s just say there’s nothing like a worldwide pandemic and being stuck at home for weeks on end to kick-start creativity. In all serious, I hope everyone is doing well, taking care of yourselves, practicing the recommended health habits, and doing something fun and creative for yourself each day. It’s the latter – a thought that popped into my head this morning, the first of the month – that gets me back in this space. Let’s see if I can keep it going.

Here’s a little song and a drawing for a chicken I know named Sally.