Despite our absence from campus, these community updates will continue. We will make them relatable to the current situation, so you will want to turn to them each week. We are already inundated with the menu of online activities we can attend. Let’s use this space to tell our stories.
Our experiences vary these days. Some people are home trying to figure out how to make ends meet. Some are trying to figure out how to keep the children in a livable rhythm all day. Some are still out there working under the duress of the current health crisis. And some are quarantined at home alone and that comes with a host of challenges. All of these circumstances come with the realization that we need each other. We need our village.
So, dear villagers, how are you doing and what are you doing?
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Please let us know if you would like to contribute to our story series. I know how this goes. You are very busy. Perhaps you don’t realize you have a story to tell. Worry not. We will reach out and ask some people to please share their stories.
As inspiration, I will begin.
The Wrinn family is mostly at home. Bill is working from home. Sixth-grader Velia does her school work and takes care of her bunnies and chats with friends online. She has baked a few delectable desserts, started a garden and we take walks with our dog, Archie. A few days ago we watched a family of beavers build their dam in a nearby pond! I work full time in inpatient rehab. Because many of our patients and staff have this virus I am now quarantined from my family when I return home from work. I stay in the master bedroom and they FaceTime me over dinner. Tonight Velia practiced her cello in the hallway outside the room so I could listen. I’m sure we aren’t the only ones who have developed an appreciation for the musical education that our children receive from Marshunda Smith.
Incidentally, Ms. Smith is available for Zoom call violin, viola, and cello lessons so please contact her if you wish to learn more. Marshunda.com Private Lessons
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We have been checking in with family in faraway places like New York and Italy and Germany. Nothing like a moment in history such as this one to remind us that our family and friends are spread out all over the globe.
We talk about all of you beloved friends too! We think about everyone.
Some families have moved in the past twelve months and we think of them too. We are thankful for our own little neighborhood of households that know each other. Those who have recently moved have just started getting to know their new neighbors when the whole social mechanism came to a grinding halt. That must be hard and we wish to reach out and remind them that we are still their community too!
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You will find some aspects of our daily rhythm that are familiar and some that are not. As you think about what you have been up to, we all hope you will share. Let’s ride out this school year with some storytelling through this space.
Send us your interest or anything you wish to compose. We can print more than one family update so go ahead and start writing!
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Natalie DiBello is making masks for healthcare workers. If you would like to make some masks please see our Facebook Bulletin Page for instructions and if anyone has any spare elastic for the masks, contact Natalie. Elastic, like many coveted items these days, is in short supply!
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Homemade Disinfectant Spray Recipe
4 oz water
4 oz alcohol (70% alcohol)
10 drops of essential oil of your choice for scent and additional disinfectant properties (tea tree, citrus)
Put in a spray bottle. Store out of reach of young children. You can use up some of that liquor you are not imbibing. Just check the alcohol percentage. (70% alcohol=140 proof)
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We have community members who are facing a variety of challenges. Not everyone is surrounded by a vibrant family life. Not everyone has the same predictable income they had two weeks ago. Not everyone feels healthy and strong. And everyone knows someone who is more at risk than the rest of the population. If you know someone who is worried or suffering please help their inner circle know that they could use support. Let us all be a trusted circle to the extent that it is comfortable.
If you all have any ideas or requests for us please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org