We did it! 100 days of quarantine, and 100 blog posts. Though to be fair some of my posts were recycled from long ago and others were pretty short. Be that as it may, I do feel proud for keeping up with this daily blog. ￼However, this covid-19 blog is ending prematurely, just like the lockdowns. Based on what I’ve read this pandemic is far … Continue reading DAY 100: One Hundred Days of Quarantine!
As the quarantine and my daily blog draw to a close, I figured now is a good time for reflection. Summer is just now starting to begin and it was a long spring cooped up indoors. I’m sure we all have cabin fever and we’re all ready to get out of the house, but the pandemic is far from over. 2020 has been a difficult … Continue reading Day 98: Time for Reflection
How do you explain to someone that they should care about other people’s problems even if those problems don’t affect them? Why is there such a reluctance to acknowledge that other people struggle with things we don’t? What this country needs now more than anything is for people to learn how to empathize with others. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings … Continue reading Day 99: Final Quarantine Challenge: Be Empathetic
My first float trip of the season went very well. We visited Alley Spring in Eminence Missouri and floated the Jacks Fork river. I was really surprised to see the number of people out camping, but I guess I shouldn’t be. We’ve all been cooped up all spring. I think this was my first time to float the Jacks Fork river but I’m not for … Continue reading Day 95: Hidden Gems: Alley Spring, Eminence MO
What a wonderful Father’s Day! The weather was absolutely perfect and I got to enjoy the day with my family. I can’t tell you how blessed I am to have come from such great people. It was nice to see my grandparents again, and we all enjoyed a fabulous barbecue outdoors. I’m glad to have the opportunity to celebrate my parents as I am lucky … Continue reading Day 97: Things my Father Taught Me
Sometime in March I made a survey online asking a number of questions about how you will change during the quarantine. I got roughly 40 responses and these are the results. Were your predictions correct? I had a lot of fun reading the results of the survey. Thank you so much to those of you who participated. You can find the more in-depth answers here.￼ Continue reading Day 96: How Will you Change During Quarantine Results
I see an awful lot of people supporting movements, passionate about civil rights, and sick of the Trump administration which thrills me. It feels good to be on the right side of history. But I also know for a fact that a lot of those people posting memes and attending rallies aren’t even registered to vote, and not for any reason other than they just … Continue reading Day 94: Are you even registered to vote?
This is a short post. Mostly, I’m conflicted about the best way to support my favorite local businesses and their employees. I’ve seen a lot of my friends go back to work, especially in the food industry, and some of them have legit concerns about getting sick. To my friends deemed essential workers, what would you prefer? Do I go to my favorite local business, … Continue reading Day 93: Should I support businesses or stay home?￼
Back in March toward the beginning of the quarantine I made a bet with friends. I said whoever can guess the date that Missouri businesses reopen gets a shot on me. However, it’s a little bit difficult to choose a winner. Our state partially reopened May 5, but the governor officially started re-opening businesses on June 15. I’ve decided anyone closest without going over to … Continue reading Day 92: And the winner is…
I don’t want to live in an echo chamber. I don’t want to surround myself with people who agree with everything I say and pat me on the back for saying it. I like being exposed to a diverse array of political opinions. I like seeing differing viewpoints, and I still hold the belief that regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, deep … Continue reading Day 91: When is it time to cut someone out of your life?