Diary

Whatever works —Like a lot of writers, sheltering at home is having it’s effects on us. Don’t be surprised if for a while (days, weeks, months?) my blog is even more “different” than it has been, for the past 4 months. I’m doing my best to manifest where my brain wants to go even if the writing gods aren’t cooperating on the composing front. More blurbs, snippets, memes, whatever catches my annoyed & not-as-resilient-as-I-used-to be brain. I hope the former me will return soon.

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When I wrote the post “Pauses” on April 1 I wasn’t sure how to go about making the changes I was talking about out loud at the time.

I really don’t want to write about the pandemic, even though there are moments when I think it’s irresponsible not to talk about things that aren’t being talked about enough. But that doesn’t mean I can get through a day without the need to write something, or at least commit something to paper, or share something with someone else. Blame it on the fact that our Post-RV life involves a smaller circle of friends and my need to share is still the same size it’s always been — it’s just who I am.

I guess for me part of my personal solution will be to revert partially to more of a personal diary/blog for a while. I know for some of you that may be more boring, and if you turn away I’ll understand. But, it seems to be what I need to do for my own sanity.

I’ll probably share more individual graphics as images — sometimes I find someone else says what I’m thinking better than I can say it. Or better than I want to invest the time and effort into crafting a detailed response for.

Morphing

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COVID isn’t kicking my butt, (as of this writing we are both healthy) but it’s definitely annoying the heck out of my brain. I really don’t feel like writing about something as far ranging as the pandemic in which we find ourselves.

It’s easy to sit down and write a few graphs on some topic. The writing part I’ve never had a problem with. But… All my life I’ve tried to separate the wheat from the chaff, the good stuff from the garbage. I’ve been the guy sitting in the corner of the room listening to the clamor of dissenting opinions and trying to figure out the most important question to ask.

The thing is, there are a lot of things being said, but publicly the most important questions aren’t seeming to be asked and, to be honest I haven‘to a clue what question is needed to bring clarity right now.

So, I’m going to restrain my running-off-at-the- mouth self for a while. I’m not stopping blogging, but I’m slowing down …

Pauses

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If people are staying at home with family members, especially kids and special needs family young or old, they may want to make a Just in Case list of things their kids or family members need, health issues, doctors names and numbers, etc. Since we don’t know when or if it will hit and how hard, making sure that your family is taken care of in the best way possible if you have to be absent for any length of time would help both future caregivers and your family. Most of us don’t like to think about this, but it seems a real possibility that caregivers could get sick, leaving behind kids that are healthy or showing no symptoms. It would be hard to play catch up with a kid who is worried about a sick parent, or lost them due to illness, especially if they have special needs. I have also thought about including personality quirks about my kids. Some are easy to get talking but others need to be snuggled first before they will open up. Having a “cheat sheet” would lessen the learning curve.

COVID Cheat Sheet

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