“As a longtime health care reporter, I see the unfolding coronavirus pandemic as representing everything I’ve read about — from the early days of epidemiology to the staggering toll of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic — but had not covered in my lifetime.
“And still, I have been caught off guard by the pushback from top elected officials and even some friends and acquaintances who keep comparing it to the flu.”
This Coronavirus Is Unlike Anything in Our Lifetime. The Facts You Need To Know, by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, 15 March 2020
“‘We buy valuable handwritings of Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly, Charles Lindbergh, Napoleon Bonaparte and other well-known personalities at worldwide auctions,’ says the company on Instagram. ‘And all this just to irretrievably destroy these precious artifacts [sic] for our new SEKRÈ luxury handbags. 📜✂️Insane? Maybe a bit, but we do it intentionally.'”
“The practice has been condemned by antiquarian booksellers. ‘Once a manuscript has been taken apart in this way it is lost forever. They are part of our shared history,’ said Sally Burdon, president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. ‘It is difficult to understand any motivating factor behind the making the Sekrè handbags beyond the single obvious one of seeking a point of difference to make more sales … Is this destruction really worth it? Letters and manuscripts give us an insight into the character of the author of the letter and a feel for the time when they were written. This can be said for both an important letter and even something as apparently insignificant as a shopping list or a thank you letter.'”
Bag firm adds ‘unique’ appeal by stitching in historical figures’ letters, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 14 March 2020
What the f…? Huh.
“Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tonight issued a moratorium on evictions and wide bans on dine-in restaurants and entertainment facilities in the city. The order came just minutes after L.A. County officials announced they were shutting down all offices starting tomorrow.
“The city has endured challenges like wildfires and earthquakes before, Garcetti said. But unlike natural disasters, the mayor said that to tackle an infectious disease, ‘we are all first responders.'”
Garcetti Orders Eviction Moratorium and More Closures As LA County Shuts Down Offices, LAist, 15 March 2020
Eathquates. Fires. Riots. Native Californians have nerves of steel.
Anna Cora Mowatt short stories and more!
Short Story Collection 085, Libravox, noticed by GM 15 March 2020
“I’d never realized until this week how integral handshakes were to my spring training routine. The handshake is our national standard for signaling friendship and good intentions to a person you don’t know well enough to trust totally. And they’re an essential part of a reporter’s toolbox. There are very few MLB players I run into frequently enough to prompt recognition on sight, so when I approach a player’s locker it’s typically with my notebook in my left hand and my right hand empty and extended as I identify myself and ask for an interview.”
“But if we have to work from home for a few weeks, or cancel international travel plans, or go without baseball for a while, well, that’s a small price to pay. COVID-19 has killed thousands already and could soon kill many more. As of Friday afternoon, more than 1,800 people in the United States had been diagnosed with the disease, and the main reason that number isn’t higher is because of the limited availability of testing. By the time this is all over, it’s likely that even those of us who escape unscatched will know someone who will have suffered profoundly as a result of this pandemic. Even those of us with little chance of suffering greatly from this disease should be gravely concerned about its potential to harm our neighbors and the society we inhabit together.
“That alone should be frightening enough, but many Americans have become disquietingly comfortable with staring down global calamity. The 21st century has been an unrelenting haze of war, economic precarity, governmental failure, class conflict, and impending irreversible climate change. I’m scared now, but I’ve been scared for the past 20 years. Most Americans under 40 don’t know what it’s like not to be scared.”
The End of the Little Things We Always Take for Granted, by Michael Baumann, The Ringer, 14 March 2020
The wish for healing has always been half of health.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
I didn’t think; I experimented.
Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the blood of spiritual evolution.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Impressionism; it is the birth of Light in painting.
The Lord grant we may all be tillers of the soil.
Every man has his follies – and often they are the most interesting thing he has got.
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
So the lover must struggle for words.
T. S. Eliot
I am an artist… I am here to live out loud.
For the mind disturbed, the still beauty of dawn is nature’s finest balm.
Edwin Way Teale
One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.
There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
To fail to love is not to exist at all.
Mark Van Doren
Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers – and never succeeding.
Gian Carlo Menotti
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.
Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
Because of a great love, one is courageous.
A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
J. D. Salinger
It’s always too early to quit.
Norman Vincent Peale
I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.
The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.
During all these years there existed within me a tendency to follow Nature in her walks.
John James Audubon
There’s only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I’ll get married again.
The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned.
W. Somerset Maugham
You begin with the possibilities of the material.
The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire.
Pamela Hansford Johnson
A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.
The sky lovingly smiles on the earth and her children.
Henry Morton Stanley
If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?