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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Are you keeping a pandemic journal?

The SMCGS newsletter recently carried some articles on the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak:  memories and journals of people who survived the pandemic.  What was it like and how did they cope?  Now people are being encouraged to do the same in 2020 - to leave a record of this extraordinary time that we are now living through.  What do you want to pass on for history?  Here are some suggestions from our class project:

My Life on Lockdown 

How has your routine changed from previously?

Who do you now see on a daily basis?

How do you communicate with friends and family?  Examples?

What do you miss doing the most?

What’s it like in your neighborhood?  What are people doing to help?

Any particular acts of kindness? 

How do you get your food these days?

If you go out, where do you go?

What do you do for exercise?

What new activities have you started at home?

Did you make a mask?  What’s it like?  Include a photo.  

Do you ever get depressed?  About anything in particular?

What are kids in your neighborhood/your grandchildren doing for fun?

How is home schooling going for them?

How’s it going for you?

What about your garden?  Are you growing your food?

What stores do you miss going to?

When this is over, the first thing you’re going to do is….

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