Ripped Bloggingdice or something

“In the aftermath of shelter-in-place orders in California during the Covid-19 crisis, the Ripped Bodice bookstore in Los Angeles launched a “Build Your Own Care Package” program to stir up online sales this month. The shop has been closed to foot traffic with all events canceled since March 16, but the romance bookseller has already shipped more than 330 packages with a waiting list of over 800 customers.”
Care Packages Help Bookstores Amid Covid-19 Closures, by Jason Boog, Publishers Weekly, 27 March 2020

Wait… we have such a bookstore in Los Angeles? Am I always the LAST TO KNOW THESE COOL THINGS? We are SO going there if they’re still in business after all this pandemic stuff.

“On International Children’s Book Day, the new ‘Read the World’ program invites authors to share online readings of their works with children and families during the coronavirus lockdown.”
International Children’s Book Day: WHO, UNICEF, and IPA Open ‘Read the World’, by Porter Anderson, Publishing Perspectives, 2 April 2020

“The streets are often empty, coronavirus restrictions keeping many Angelenos from venturing out. But when we do, street artists have been leaving coronavirus-inspired work for us to find.”
How LA’s Street Artists Are Responding To Coronavirus, by Mike Roe, LAist, 27 March 2020

“Jack is a father, a husband, a friend, and among the thousands of warehouse workers that are putting in long hours at great risk to their health so that we are safer from COVID-19. They maintain the supply lines for hospitals, grocery stores and other essential businesses. The war might be existential but the front line in real.”
Mis Ángeles: In This Existential War, It’s Low-Wage Workers Who Keep The Supply Chain Running, by Erick Galindo, LAist, 27 March 2020

“As unemployment spikes and grocery stores struggle to keep shelves stocked, World Harvest bustles and sees food donations pouring in from down-on-their-luck restaurants.”
Local Food Bank Triples in Business, Gets A Bump from Artist Shepard Fairey, by Tony Pierce, Los Angeleno, 27 March 2020

“So I’m sitting in the sauna, and I’ve just finished the gripping and lyrical book ‘The Water Dancer’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and I don’t want it to be over, so I keep reading, through the acknowledgements and onto the back flap of the cover, where I learn that Coates lives somewhere with his wife.”
Where and With Whom Writers Live: Who Cares?, by Onely, 26 March 2020

“To allow for greater social distancing in the workplace, Metro will be implementing the following adjustments to our customer support departments beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 until further notice.”
Changes to Metro customer support departments to begin Monday, March 30, by Anna Chen, The Source, 27 March 2020

“Enough people must have griped about the loss of ‘www’ and ‘https’ in Chrome’s address bar to make Google rethink it: Chromium developers are testing a new Omnibox context menu that would give users the option to ‘Always Show Full URLs.'”
Chrome may bring back ‘www’ with option to show full URLs, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos blog, 30 March 2020

“In 2019, Google sent nearly 40,000 warnings to accounts that were targeted by state-sponsored phishing or malware attacks, it reported on Thursday.”
Google sent ~40K warnings to targets of state-backed attackers in 2019, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos blog, 30 March 2020

“Detected cases are higher in blue states, but growing faster in red states.”
The Coronavirus Isn’t Just A Blue State Problem, by Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight, 27 March 2020


Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all.
Soren Kierkegaard

Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.
Pope John Paul II

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
James Baldwin

Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.
Bobby Knight

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Dalai Lama

Never mistake activity for achievement.
John Wooden

No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.
Rainer Maria Rilke

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
Theodore Bikel

Oaths are but words, and words are but wind.
Samuel Butler

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
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