Archive for March, 2020

18
Mar
20

love in the time of coronavirus*

*With tribute given to Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The traditional Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times.

Maybe I shouldn’t write that, since our Cheeto-in-Chief wants to blame the Chinese for this by calling it an “Asian virus” — can’t pass up any chance to get that racism out there, amIright? Although it did originate in China, and there might have been some things they could have done about it, it’s not like we’re doing such a great job here.

Denial, anyone?

college students in Miami

Blergh.

I keep thinking maybe I’m dreaming and I’ll wake up soon.

Keep not waking up.

Have been on the lookout for good news. I am pathologically optimistic, but this one has been a challenge.

Have found some. Here, and here and here. If you have other good news sources, please post them in the comments. We all need reasons to hope!

Really disappointed that there are only 2 seasons of Fleabag. What an excellent show. I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed as much in an equal amount of time, not even during Seinfeld. But it’s also three-dimensional, dark, tender, profound. Now what to watch…. (post that in the comments, too!)

I thought maybe if I got on here and wrote about this I could find some kind of order, meaning, path forward. It is not revealing itself.

And still not waking up.

Maybe tomorrow….

 

 

 

12
Mar
20

the world gone mad

Or maybe not.

empty streets

The problem is we have no way of knowing except in retrospect.

So the best advice is probably to stay home unless you can’t, keep 6′ away from people, bow [Namaste] instead of shaking hands, use your sleeve to open doors, wash your hands. And don’t be an asshole. You don’t need 6 24-roll packages of toilet paper and 7 large bottles of hand sanitizer. Leave some for everyone else.

Here are some helpful recipes:

LEMON GINGER BREW

Peel and chop 8 ozs. of ginger root (½-1″ pieces is fine)
Scrub and juice two lemons — put juice aside.

In food processor, process the ginger and lemon peel until it’s a coarse paste. Add 6 cups of water to a large saucepan and add the paste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half (30-40 minutes)

Strain the juice off the pulp, mix in the lemon juice and ⅓ c. agave syrup, maple syrup, or honey if desired. Let cool. Store in glass bottles (if possible) and chill.

Add ¼ c. to hibiscus tea and/or 16 ozs. of fizzy water and drink throughout the day.

NATURAL COLD REMEDY (have ingredients on hand, and make and start drinking at the first sign of illness — throat tingles, scratchy eyes, etc.)

In 4 c. of water in a medium saucepan, add:
1 lemon, cut into thin slices
2″ piece of ginger root, cut into thin slices
5 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
10 whole cloves
1 T. whole coriander seed

Bring to boil and then simmer on very low (it would just barely be bubbling — we’re not trying to reduce this one) for ~15 minutes. Drain. Drink ½ c. hot with honey every 2 hours.

You can also easily make your own HAND SANITIZER:

70% rubbing alcohol
30% aloe vera gel

Shake together in one of those little travel bottles. Voilá.

 

Seems like a good time to start the next weaving project do my taxes make monkey bread read. Feeling very lucky that I do most of my work from home anyway and can hunker down, although there will still be substantial financial losses from a series of workshops I was supposed to be doing in California in a couple of weeks.

What this country really needs is

  • affordable medical care, so people who need to be tested can afford it
  • a social net that gives you a month mortgage relief and/or a couple weeks disaster pay so people can stay home
  • a president who isn’t a narcissistic, blithering idiot

[Alas.]

 

 

 




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