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The world is turned upside down right now, and everyone is realizing that they are not only connected, but involved to the max. We're bereft, bruised, and battered, but not yet beaten. And if you are, like ourselves, turning to social media, I'm hoping your feed looks like a humanity turned to love.
I've been so very heartened by wonderful groups on Facebook like The Kindness Pandemic, Hearts of PG (now a world-wide phenomenon) whose story is here, and locally Creston Community Support. The Kindness Pandemic is sharing stories submitted by people who have experienced episodes of rampant kindness in their areas. Hearts of PG is a group started to entertain children on walkabout with their families - they can spot hearts in the window in their area, and people are encouraged to share photos of the hearts they have added to their homes. Creston Community Support is a local group that is working hard to deliver to shut-ins and those in quarantine, and run errands for those who are unable to do so. It's an incredibly caring platform, and I know there are hundreds springing up around the world that are doing the same.
In Vancouver, at 7 pm every night, thousands of people open their apartment windows and cheer, whistle and shout out their appreciation for all the essential staff (doctors, nurses, grocery store heros, truckers and so on). Here at home, our daughter is supporting us with grocery runs, laughter and comfort. Our librarian delivered a couple of boxes of some 45 books, a good friend picked us up from the airport, milk and bread in hand, and a gym friend delivered for John's volunteer work. And that's just the tip of the kindness iceberg.
There are outstandingly funny things on my SM feeds as well -
and inspiring music, readings, university courses, art instruction and much, much more.
I've been occupying myself with sorting through holiday photos from Huatulco, Mexico, and they remind me there is beauty and pattern everywhere, whether we're aware of it or not.
I'm going to leave you (and especially The Stardust Factory) with a hint of what the paintings in world-renown museums are doing while we're distancing ourselves.
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Please, tell me what you're doing during this pandemic. How are you coping? Are you and your family/friends well and safe? What are you learning? Creating? We've been friends for a long time, and I'm concerned for you.