May the Fourth Editorial Meeting

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In attendance: Sheralyn, Zeitgeist Karen, Big Brother, The Patriot, Rich Snitch, The Propagandist, Captain Pan, and Capella Nion.

SHERALYN

Okay, everyone. Welcome to our second meeting and May the Fourth be with us.

(silence replies)

Okay, did anyone follow up on the CDC thing?

ZEITGEIST KAREN

I thought you were going to do that.

SHERALYN

No. There didn’t seem to be any interest and the story seemed to self-correct by the end of the day so I’m good to let it go and start fresh. Anything you all want to cover?

CAPTAIN PAN

There are no beach riots in California. Only residents who want to play in the ocean.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Selfish! Just because the sun is out and the weather is nice, doesn’t mean we’re past this thing.

THE PATRIOT

So people don’t have a right to go to the beach if they want to? Hospitals are empty. Some are going bankrupt. We did this whole quarantine thing not to overrun them and we succeeded. Why are you so upset if they get patients again? Not everyone wants to die hiding in a foxhole.

SHERALYN

Good points for a thought piece, Patriot. Is yours ready to go?

THE PATRIOT

Not yet. I don’t work on weekends.

SHERALYN

Got it. Well, let me know when you’re ready to post.

THE PATRIOT

Will do.

SHERALYN

We have other stories. There was that George W. Bush video that was released over the weekend. Any reaction to that?

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Oh, my gosh. I cried! That was so moving! Everyone should watch it. We really are in this together!

THE PATRIOT

(under breath)

9/11 was an inside job.

SHERALYN

Any other reactions?

RICH SNITCH

No. I’m just sitting here counting all the times Karen doesn’t get to speak her mind.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

And this is how you create a hostile work environment!

RICH SNITCH

Good to know.

SHERALYN

If that’s the only response, I’m going to assume no one else really found the video all that compelling.

BIG BROTHER

I agree with Karen. George W. Bush’s message to the people should be mandatory viewing in these harrowing times.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Thank you, Big Brother! It’s nice to be validated.

BIG BROTHER

You’re welcome, Karen. Also, I’d like to go by my given name from here on out: Stan. And I’d rather identify as “the oldest child” rather than the big brother. Big Brother is laden with negative tropes and sexism I’d rather avoid, if possible.

SHERALYN

I’ll make the change, starting immediately.

STAN

Thank you.

SHERALYN

Of course. Next up, we have the U.S. presidential elections and the mounting challenges to Joe Biden’s character through sexual assault allegations. Currently, these are centered around Tara Reade, who seems to be a credible accuser, since her mother called into Larry King regarding the accusation in 1993.

Some don’t believe Tara’s accusations, of course. But some do, while still endorsing Biden to beat Trump. Like Lisa Bloom:

You can probably tell by the current ratio of this tweet that this is a controversial stance. Anyone want to weigh in on it?

STAN

No.

RICH SNITCH

No.

THE PATRIOT

What’s the point? They’re just going to nominate Hillary as his VP and then have Joe drop out.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Oh, my gosh. I just can’t with all your conspiracy theories.

THE PATRIOT

Admit it. It’s what you want.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

I mean, not gonna lie, that would be a dream come true. But I think he’s going to choose a younger up-and-comer. Not white. He has to. Someone like Kamala Harris would be perfect!

THE PATRIOT

Why not Tulsi Gabbard? Why are female liberals backing a sexual predator when they could be voting for a woman? What’s with all the hypocrisy there?

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Tulsi’s so moderate, she might as well be a Republican.

THE PATRIOT

Have you seen her policies? They are not Republican.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

You’re exhausting.

THE PATRIOT

Yeah? And I just think you’re biased against hot, vegan Hindus.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

That is categorically untrue.

THE PATRIOT

I’m just saying: Hillary’s going to steal the Democratic nomination and 2020 is going to be rematch. Politics has been like a WWE storyline ever since Trump entered the ring. They’re all just running a script and we’re supposed to act like the idiots in the stands while they do it.

SHERALYN

So … um, back to the Tara Reade story: Any takers?

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Oooh. Stephenie Meyer is releasing a new Twilight book from Edward’s point of view! Could you get me an advanced reading copy? I’d love to do a book review.

SHERALYN

I don’t know that I have the contacts for that, but I’ll see what I can do.

RICH SNITCH

I think I might do an advertorial on good mics for snitches.

SHERALYN

(makes note)

Sounds good. Stan, anything to look for from you?

STAN

Not for the moment. People know where they need to be and what they need to do to stay safe during this pandemic. We’ve made that clear. All they need to do is take care of themselves and their loved ones with the peace of mind that people like me are doing all they can do.

SHERALYN

Okay. Do you want to write an article that says that?

STAN

People already know and the Bush video says it all. I won’t bore them with redundancy in the form of written words.

SHERALYN

Okay. Captain Pan, you’ve been traveling the world through all this. Any commentary you’d like to make?

CAPTAIN PAN

Not really. This is the most boring panic I’ve ever seen. No unrest. No bodies in the harbors. Just quiet cities filled with masked residents ordering take-out and binge-watching TV. I’ll let you know when I sail into something interesting.

SHERALYN

Gotcha. How about you, Capella? Insights are kind of your thing, right? Got any?

CAPELLA NION

I’ll meditate on it and let you know what comes.

SHERALYN

Great. Patriot, any other article ideas from you?

THE PATRIOT

Well, given the decrease in my drop-shipping business the past two months, door-to-door sales is now part of our home school curriculum. My boys sold 12 watches this morning. I think it’s really important to teach children about business young. Maybe I could do an article on that.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

On child labor? Surely, you are kidding. It’s like you want people to call CPS on you.

THE PATRIOT

For teaching my kids how to make money in tough times? You think that’s abuse? That life!

ZEITGEIST KAREN

They are children!

THE PATRIOT

Right. And it’s my job to prepare them for the world.

SHERALYN

Okay, I’m going to stop you two there unless one of you wants to write a thought piece on your stance.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Please. As if he would read it. Besides, you can’t teach common sense. Either you have it, or you don’t.

SHERALYN

Okay, let me know if you change your minds. Propagandist? You still here?

PROPAGANDIST

Yeah.

SHERALYN

I was thinking we could all use icons to go with our names. Is that something you could do?

PROPAGANDIST

Sure. I’ll get on that. Still need a style guide.

SHERALYN

Yeah. How about we collaborate on that after this meeting?

PROPAGANDIST

Cool.

SHERALYN

And I think now would be a great point to stop at. I clearly need to read a book, or something, on how to run more effective meetings. So I’ll look into that and work with the Propagandist to create icons for you all. Sound good?

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Yes. But definitely look into getting that new Twilight book for me.

SHERALYN

Will do. Let’s meet again at the same time tomorrow and, next time, I’d like each of you to pitch a story that sounds interesting to you. Sound good?

Everyone agrees.

Meeting closes.

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First Editorial Meeting

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After a bit of juggling, everyone finally makes it onto the first PIVOTING TIMES staff video conference call.

Participants include: Sheralyn, Zeitgeist Karen, Big Brother, The Patriot, Rich Snitch, The Propagandist, Captain Pan, and Capella Nion.

Sheralyn kicks off the meeting.

SHERALYN

First off, I want to thank everyone for being here —


ZEITGEIST KAREN

Yeah, about that. It’s Sunday. Is this going to be a thing? Are we working on Sundays? Because I didn’t sign up for that. This is just a fun thing for me to do in between being a full-time mom, home schooling, and taking my kids to sports and dance classes. Sundays are my days off. I don’t schedule anything but three meals, church, and video chats with family.

SHERALYN

Right. Good question. Let’s say that from here on out: weekends are optional. Today is more about touching base and to get some focus and momentum going.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Mhmm.

SHERALYN

Now I brought you all on because you represent strong voices in different echo chambers and I thought it would be interesting to put you all in the same publication.

BIG BROTHER

Rookie mistake.

SHERALYN

Excuse me?

BIG BROTHER

Look around. Look at every news organization that’s doing well right now, and you know what you won’t find? Diversity.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Not true! I saw a news panel just the other day that only had one white person on it. People of color have never been more represented!

CAPTAIN PAN

This is going to be fun. I’m very glad I signed up for this.

RICH SNITCH

Eh. I’m still on the fence. One question: Does anyone get to talk at these meetings besides Karen?

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Excuse me? That is offensive and sexist! In scientifically observed business meetings, it is a proven fact that women are permitted to speak less, are more frequently interrupted, and are more likely to have their ideas dismissed or co-opted by men.

RICH SNITCH

Do you know where I can find one of those meetings? Cuz that’s sounding good to me right about now.

All the guys have a little chuckle.

SHERALYN

Getting back on topic: This is a meeting about focusing in and figuring out how we can put our voices together to keep busy people informed of current events. And, given that the world is in quarantine, Coronavirus is our top story.

THE PATRIOT

Right. It’s flu season and all of a sudden anyone who’s their own boss is a criminal for going to work, while anyone who works for the government or big business is “essential” and still getting paid. This is all just an opportunistic power play to kill small businesses.

SHERALYN

Do you want to write an opinion piece on that?

THE PATRIOT

I could do that in my sleep.

SHERALYN

Great. I’ll look for that opinion piece from you. And I know we have a lot of opinions in this room, so I’m going to ask: Does anyone here want to take on fact-based news stories?

RICH SNITCH

Not me. I’m here to get paid and no one clicks on facts.

SHERALYN

Okay. So do we have any takers on actual news?
For example, the CDC updated the numbers this morning.
On Friday, for US cases, the showed a total of:
62,406 COVID deaths.
This morning, they updated that to
37,308 COVID deaths.
That’s over a 40% drop in reported fatalities.
Anyone want to dig into what that’s about?

THE PATRIOT

I’ll tell you what that is!
It’s New York getting caught fixing the books on the rest of us!

SHERALYN

Through the lens of confirmation bias, perhaps.
But would you be willing to fact-check that against official sources?

THE PATRIOT

Why? They’re just going to lie anyway.

BIG BROTHER

Or maybe it’s not what you think. Maybe it’s Trump cooking the books to improve his image for re-election. Or maybe hospitals over-claimed the COVID code to qualify for payouts, and claims are starting to be rejected, causing numbers to be adjusted accordingly.

SHERALYN

Good points, Big Brother. It could be a lot of things.
Do you want to dig in and write the article?

BIG BROTHER

No.

SHERALYN

No?

BIG BROTHER

No. Current information is current.
People can tell themselves whatever they want about it.

SHERALYN

Sure. But that’s what news is supposed to guard against:
wild theories that can take root in the absence of facts.
I think people would be interested to learn why the numbers shifted so drastically.

BIG BROTHER

No. Not if they’ve watched Tiger King.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Wait. What do you mean? What does that have to do with anything?
I watched Tiger King and I care about facts!

THE PATRIOT

(under his breath)

See that? She almost made it one whole minute without talking.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Rude.

SHERALYN

Yes. Let’s keep personal comments at a minimum in this setting.
We don’t all have to get along to work together.

CAPTAIN PAN

Hear! Hear!

SHERALYN

So, Karen, do you want to take on the article about the drop in CDC numbers?

ZEITGEIST KAREN

I don’t think so. Those new numbers sound wrong to me.
Certainly, more than 40,000 Americans have died of COVID.
It’s all we’ve been hearing about for months, and I’ve been in quarantine with my kids for over six weeks!

SHERALYN

Right. And now we’re getting to the first phases of the “hindsight is 20/20” window. It’s a great time to assess what was effective, what was not, and how we want to handle things as a society moving forward.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Well, clearly, the world can never be the same again!
Think of the grandparents … think of the children!

BIG BROTHER

What she said.

THE PROPAGANDIST

I’ll work on a poster with that theme.

SHERALYN

(makes a note of that)

Okay. Thanks, Propagandist. You’re just waiting for a style guide for publication from me, yes?

THE PROPAGANDIST

Correct.

SHERALYN

Okay. I’ll get on that and get back to you. For now,
any takers on investigating the CDC numbers?

BIG BROTHER

No.

RICH SNITCH

No.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

No.

CAPTAIN PAN

No. Chaos and rumors are all that interests me.

SHERALYN

Gotcha. Patriot, how about you? Want to take this on?

THE PATRIOT

Why? They’re never going to tell the truth.

SHERALYN

Okay. How about you, Capella? You’ve been pretty quiet throughout all this.
Is this the kind of topic you’d like to cover?

CAPELLA NION

I never look back, only forward, while embracing the newly revealed potential of each moment.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Wait … what? Was I supposed to understand that?

THE PATRIOT

No. We’ve got a nut job in our midst.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Um. Okay, now I’m nervous. My understanding coming into this was that Capella would be doing things like horoscopes or something. Not anything to be taken seriously.

SHERALYN

Well, the rule is that you all get to choose what you want to do, at first.
And we go from there.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Right. But I didn’t sign up to write for The Enquirer. I have a reputation to consider. I am a mother of children! What, exactly, am I getting myself into here?

SHERALYN

Good question. Let’s do a role call and find out.
Big Brother? What will you be contributing?

BIG BROTHER

Systems and policy articles.

SHERALYN

Okay. Zeitgeist Karen?

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Word on the street.

SHERALYN

So … gossip column. Patriot?

THE PATRIOT

I’ll be bringing the truth to the people!

SHERALYN

Great. Opinion blog. Rich?

RICH SNITCH

Here to get paid. Ads only.

SHERALYN

Okay. Although it might be a while before we have paid advertisers.
You might have to be creative to get paid out of the gate.

RICH SNITCH

I’m looking into affiliate links now.

SHERALYN

Great. And Propagandist, you’re basically political cartoons, once I get you a style guide, yes?

THE PROPAGANDIST

Yes.

SHERALYN

Which brings us to Captain Pan. What’s your focus?

CAPTAIN PAN

I’m just here for the unrest. It builds character and culls the herd.
Good, honest fun.

SHERALYN

Gotcha. And Capella?

CAPELLA NION

I guess I’m like the Marianne Williamson of the 2020 elections in all this.
People will resonate with me, or they won’t. And I’m at peace with that.

SHERALYN

And what will you write about?

CAPELLA NION

Probably starseeds, fae, nature, aliens, and related prophecies.

THE PATRIOT

Nut job.

RICH SNITCH

(laughs under his breath)

SHERALYN

Okay. I think those are great starting points.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Yes. And, not to rush everyone, but I have a dinner to make and wasn’t expecting the meeting to go this long. May I be excused?

SHERALYN

Yes. Everyone is. This first meeting was more about introducing everyone to each other and carving out lanes of focus to make sure there aren’t overlaps. I look forward to what you all bring to me in the next couple of days.

BIG BROTHER

I’ll have something for you.

THE PATRIOT

Me, too.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

I’ll keep my ears and eyes open!

CAPTAIN PAN

And I’m thinking of heading to California to check out the impending beach riots.

ZEITGEIST KAREN

Ooh! I’m totally interested in that! Do you think they will actually riot? And will it lead to a mass infection? And how do we treat protesters who ignore social distancing and get infected? Do they get treated the same at hospitals? There’s just so much to talk about!

SHERALYN

That’s a good place to pick up tomorrow. For now, I’m going to let you all get back to your days. Thanks for taking the time to meet up.

Everyone says goodbyes.

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Next Steps

Policy

by: Big Brother
(I tell you how things gotta be and things you’d better settle down and get used to, lest you be dealt something worse.)

All the specialists agree: Re-opening the country –even on an Terror-Level: Orange — on May 1st is an overly optimistic step.

We still need to improve testing procedures. We still need to solidify tracking procedures. We still need to get everyone into the system so we can have valid, useful information to battle both this and future attacks.

Instead, citizens who have never seen this illness firsthand are pushing for the gates of “FREEDOM” like a herd sprinting for a cliff. And it looks like they may get what they want.

This means there will be a wave of new infections. There will be death. Then these people will come crying that they need help. And doctors will help them because that’s what they’ve sworn to do. But it’s time to start making the moves that ensure that everyone who is doing everything right gets treated first.

Is that you?

Here’s a checklist everyone should be getting 100% on:

  • Wear a mask in public
  • Wash & sanitize your hands
  • Cough & sneeze into your elbow
  • Stay 6 feet away from anyone who doesn’t live with you
  • Sanitize surfaces before and after use
  • Do not shake hands
  • Stay connected and hold social events (from casual parties to weddings and funerals) online, whenever possible
  • Only leave the house if it is mandatory
  • Stay out of the sun
  • Avoided beaches, hiking trails, parks, and any public outdoor activity
  • Get current on all vaccinations
  • Input your Direct Deposit information at USA.gov

These are the first steps to staying safe and tracking illness when it does spread. It ensures you are not a danger to medical professionals and can be seen quickly if you are infected. It also means you are first in line to receive reimbursements issued to you by the federal government and who doesn’t need that?

More steps will come later that will make things much more safe and secure than they are right now. But, like everything, they will take a little time.

For now, just make sure you are where you need to be, doing what you need to do. If so, the system will take care of you.

And you and your family deserve that peace of mind.

LIBERTY: If We Can Keep It

Opinion

by: The Patriot (The United States was founded on certain principles. I stand for those principles because no government has the right to make a slave out of me.)

Folks, not since yesterday have our liberties ever been more imperiled than they are today.

Why? Because you’re all a bunch of scared little sissies cowering in your homes from a flu virus when it’s May outside.

I mean, if you’re willing to sell your liberty so cheap, maybe you don’t deserve to have it.

But I do!

I have the right to work my land. I have the right to buy seeds that aren’t GMO. I have a right to have a gun that can shoot back at anyone taking a shot at me. I have the right to meet strangers in a bar and not walk around with a mask over my face like a dude in a burqa.

I. Have. Rights. And if I didn’t want those rights, I would have been born somewhere else, learned things the hard way there, then moved here for a better life.

At least, I would have in decades past. But, maybe, not anymore.

Today, Candace Owens was suspended from Twitter for tweeting this to her followers:

Candace Owens tweet, suspended

Now, if you know Candace like I do, you know she is laughing her head off at this suspension, but this action taken by Twitter clearly demonstrates how dangerous free thought is considered right now.

Candace’s tweet is being considered as an actual call to violence, resulting in inevitable and malicious death. Look at the conversation around it on Twitter if you don’t believe me. Many want her criminally prosecuted for reckless endangerment.

Think about that: Telling people to go to work IF THEY WANT TO is being treated the same as if she just tweeted out a call to murder people in the streets.

This is where people’s heads are at. They want to treat sharing public air while going about life as negligent homicide when anyone who wants to stay in quarantine or exercise precautions is free to do so while the rest of us choose not to hide from this new invisible enemy.

What do people think is going to happen? That the quarantined and vulnerable are going to be ripped from their homes and breathed on by infected masses in the public square? These libs have clearly been watching too many zombie shows.

No. People who WANT and NEED to live their lives will go about their business as they see fit as we all process the new flu in town and try not to let it take many of us down.

I’m not going to stop the world so that libs can get off and force me into some purified pod to live on UBI and only have approved contact with people, information, and messaging for the rest of my life.

No way. No, sir. Not happening!

All these people who want to stay inside because they prefer their TVs to real people can live whatever life suits them: Go for it! This is still a free enough country for that. But I will NOT let the liberals’ general contempt for humanity and intolerance to anyone who doesn’t meet their standards become my lifestyle.

Go live in a pod! Fine. Just don’t try to force me into one with you.

Our founding fathers went through a lot to try to give us a free country, and I’m willing to fight to keep it.

Who’s with me?

Closeup USA American flag,the symbolic of liberty,freedom,patriotic,honor,american family,kids,nation,independence day,4th of July blowing by the wind with overtoned color and selective focus

Crosswalk Courtesy

Gossip Column

by: Zeitgeist Karen (White. Female. Opinionated & highly concerned. Detail Sleuth. Never heard a story I couldn’t tell better.)

I don’t know that it’s news that some people have forgotten how to drive in this quarantine. πŸš—πŸ˜±πŸš‘

(My suspicion is that they are the people who have NOT been staying home, who have been driving on empty roads this whole time and now have to deal with more cars as quarantine restrictions are relaxed by people who don’t believe in science. BUT, since I have been abiding restrictions, I have no proof of this.)

Unfortunately, thoughtless driving is leading to run-ins like this.

I think we ALL know how this woman feels. Thoughtless driving by strangers is stressful on the best of days!

So be kind, everyone. And play by the rules! You never know who is having a hard day and what your lack of effort might do to them.

A small thing to you can be the straw the broke the camel’s back to someone else.

Hugs to everyone πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– and stay safe out there!

Releasing Fear into the Tumult

New Age

by: Capella Nion (Oracle to an ever-changing future. All prophesies have room for correction, unless otherwise stated.)

Crystal ball emoji

As the quarantine continues, an unspoken gap between two types of people is growing: The “essential” and the “unessential” worker.

“Essential” workers are doing well. Work and/or pay is largely uninterrupted (and might even be up!) and they have what they need. Some circumstances may not be ideal, but they’re not worried about paying bills next month.

They’re okay.

On the other side of that spectrum (with many different degrees of “necessary work” in between), there are those who have received unspoken notice that they are “unessential” to the global economy.

Many of the workers who have just received this messaging are small business owners who — without notice — just traded 3 months of revenue for a $1,200 check and all their usual bills because they were too small to qualify for any kind of bailout.

And, unless they were flush going into this, these individuals are not okay.

Many are in trouble with little hope on their horizon, even if their friends and neighbors don’t know it yet.

It’s a conversation that’s coming in some homes, while others will get to skip those talks.

It was while pondering this looming future that I happened upon a wise New Age shop owner who–lack of public assistance aside–is turning every quarantine obstacle to her benefit.

Things are as much against her as they are for any brick-and-mortar small business right now, yet things are looking bright for her — perhaps, brighter than if there had been no quarantine at all!

So I asked her, “How are you doing it? How are you thriving where so many are struggling?”

“I just listen to Mother Earth,” she replied. “When this all started, and I asked her what this chaos was about, she said, ‘Give me your fear. All of it.’ So I did. Until all I had left was my new plans for the future. So I’m doing them. And it’s going to be great!”

Wise words, if you ask me.

And so I share them with you.

For what better path is there out of a mire than to cast fear aside and follow bright thoughts someplace higher?

POSTER SUBMISSION

Public Announcement

by: Rich Snitch (Snitches get riche$ and it’s the Year of the Rat. I don’t make the rules, I just use them to rise.)

Sup, my stalkers.

The bosses are offering extra cash for recruitment poster ideas, so here’s my official concept entry for bonus pay in this economy:

SNITCHES GET RICHES!
Call your local non-emergency police number to sign up today.

Think you can do better? It doesn’t have to be pro. A real artist will do the final look on the winning concept, so don’t let that stop you!

Entries are still open if you’re looking for cash.

Also, to all you fledgling snitches out there, remember that your city or state probably doesn’t want you calling 9-1-1 to report social distancing infractions anymore.

Look up your local non-emergency police number and call that to report your neighbors.

Let them know you’re ready to be ESSENTIAL and get paid!

Pro Tip: Want to know if someone you know is a snitch?

Memorize your local non-emergency number and check their call history.

(Note: This won’t work on pros like me who have more than one phone.)

MAY DAY!!!

Gossip Column

by: Zeitgeist Karen
(White. Female. Opinionated & highly concerned. Detail Sleuth. Never heard a story I couldn’t tell better.)

OMG. Social media has been on πŸ”₯ today!

SO much to keep up with. We are still not outside the Bell curve specialists say we should stay within to not create a second wave of sickness AND MY CITY IS OPENING UP!!!

Can you believe the insanity of it all? Will everything we’ve done up until now be for naught???

Several businesses are opening up, but most of my friends are staying smart by staying home. #staysafestayhome

I hear gyms are opening up to appointments only, and I’ll confess I did drive around downtown to see how businesses are complying with mandate.

An ice cream 🍨 store was open, and there wasn’t a mask to be seen. 😑😷

All the book stores are closedπŸ“šπŸ˜ž (which is bittersweet) and restaurants seemed to still be take-out only. #asformeandmyhousewewillordertakeout #stimulatetheeconomy

One restaurant was unabashedly open, with tables 8 feet apart πŸ‘πŸ‘, but it was empty when I passed by, saved for the skeleton crew onhand who can no longer claim unemployment.

I also passed by a cell phone store with windows facing the street and there were two men inside: an employee and a customer. Neither had masks on and they were NOT maintaining a social distance. πŸ˜¨πŸ˜¨πŸš‘βš•πŸ©ΊπŸ’‰πŸ’ŠπŸ₯

If a second wave of this flu is on its way, WE’RE SCREWED!

For now, we wait to see if we have truly eluded doom with the HURCULEAN πŸ’ͺπŸ₯‡ efforts we’ve been taking for the past 6 weeks, or if death still waits for us like a hungry cat patiently coiled around the corner.

#thinkinghappythots #livelaughlove #stay6feetaway

One Sheep

One of my favorite poems by my grandma is “One Sheep.”

In truth, I have many “favorite” poems by my grandma. I was around 20 when I first read it online. The internet was just becoming a thing and my uncle posted all my grandma’s published work on his website.

I was manning a receptionist desk when I discovered “One Sheep” β€” reading it again and again while marveling how well she captured a sentiment I think nearly everyone can relate to.

Below is a scan of the poem, as originally published, followed by a recording of me reading it.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

One Sheep

God, I don't know how to start
or what to say.
I do not know the language of a formal prayer
so long it's been since my heart felt the urge to pray,
so long I've made believe no need to pray was there.
But, God, somehow I don't believe You are the kind
to hold a grudge for what I have or haven't done,
and if I just start praying I know You won't mind
or worry much about the way my prayer's begun.
It's over. I've been wrong and I'm not going to make
a lot of fancy promises that may not last,
a lot of crazy vows I'm weak enough to break.
You see, I have discovered mem'ries can be short,
and even tho right now my feet are on the ground,
it's hard to keep them there, so much comes to distort
my sense of values and to twist my views around.
I don't know yet if I can find the way to You,
I am afraid I'm apt to falter now and then,
but I will do the most that anyone can do,
if You'll have patience, honest, God, I'll try! Amen.

Verse by: Kathryn Kay

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