In a Time of Struggle

By Tina. Only a few of my friends at International Neighbors know about my medical history so I thought I would share with the rest of you now. It is a story of tragedy and triumph which I think many of us are facing today. I hope you will find in this story a glimmer...

Hang onto your hat! Hang onto your hope!

By Yao. When recollecting the beginning of this year, everything seemed promising as the starting point of a new decade. But as news of the Coronavirus in China began to dominate the social media and my family was telling me that it was starting to spread over the...

Emotional responses to coronavirus lockdown

By Marja. The coronavirus outbreak is triggering increased anxiety and stress in our public communities. The pandemic has led to a series of losses, from our sense of safety to our social connections to our financial security. The well-founded fear of getting...

Coronavirus Pandemic Musings or Rant

By Lana. Life as we know it is forever changed And at times makes me feel a bit deranged Yes, COVID 19 aka coronavirus has thrown some serious shade And forced us to examine how we spend our days Working thru to do lists seems a thing of the past Replaced by wondering...

Pioneer Woman of the Pandemic Era

By Shirley. This is where we ended up: Every state and every person by it/himself. In the wilds of Michigan, where bandanas are used not to protect against sun and dust, as the cowboys on TV shows did in my infancy, but to guard against a deadly virus; where some...

The New Normal

By Martha B. While traveling around the world, I have always been impressed with how quickly we adapt to the “new normal.” When staying in an Airbnb in Paris last summer, we quickly adapted to running out for croissants for breakfast, getting “up and ready” early to...

Spending Our Days at Home

By Marcy. It happened so fast!  One day we were living our normal lives and the next we were secluded at home worrying about staying healthy while having enough supplies. So hopefully everyone reading this is healthy, and now we just have to think about how to occupy...

We Are Doing Fine

By Shirley. I have been very lucky so far, as the coronavirus crisis develops. My husband has been teaching online classes at EMU for several years. That means he is used to working from home as I am used to having him around the whole day. I borrowed two bags full of...

Keeping a Journal: A Simple Habit for Relieving Stress

By Martha B. I recently read an article where Minda Zetlin, co-author of “The Geek Gap,” suggests that to reduce worrying one should make writing a journal part of one’s response to stress. She claims that research has found that people who put their feelings...

Gardening

By Shirley. All around there are signs of Spring. On my way back from the grocery store, I passed a field where I could hear the peepers (frogs) in their Spring mating chorus. My husband and I have watched a hard-working house sparrow in our backyard,  carrying...