Morning, Day 14 of Social Distance Haiku by Pamela Schloesser Canepa, (c)2020
Morning birds sing out
Mankind has taken a pause
Breathing and waiting.
Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at Eclectic Ali.
It’s a beautiful morning, and it’s poetry month, so I thought I’d share a haiku reflecting some thoughts on nature (and mankind’s place in it). I took a nice walk twice around the block in 83 degree weather this morning, sun shining and nature in all of its glory. There were a good number of people out, most on their own. A man with his child in a stroller waved at me. A boy on a bike was riding me way but then turned around in a circle. Good move, I thought. Socially distance yourself. A woman was walking my way, talking on the phone. She seemed oblivious to me. So I moved to the sidewalk on the other side of the road. Still, it was nice to be out in this wonderful day.
I feel a little cut off from this community, since I have been trying to get a grip on the online teaching requirements and methods our county is using. Still, I have to tell you, it has been overall positive for me! The students are so polite online, and I’ve received several e-mails from parents expressing appreciation. I wrote a post on Medium here, this is a link which does not require membership:
A Day in the Life: Teaching in the Coronavirus Era
I am learning a whole lot from this experience, and while we owe the doctors and nurses of our world a debt of gratitude, I am pleased to feel as if I have a purpose in this whole situation. It is good for my mind. I am also trying to exercise regularly; I take yoga or pilates online a few times a week. The outdoor walks are also helpful, providing my Vitamin D and a feeling of well-being. Hearing the news does not help. I only turn on Netflix and try not to look at any news reports more than once a day. The stress and anxiety do not help me sleep, you know. I started The Witcher earlier as I love to watch Henry Cavill, and my son and I sometimes watch Money Heist together, though he is way ahead of me!
Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, and I will be viewing my church service online. Maybe I will wear a dress, just to get a sense of normalcy. When I have to go to the store this week, I will wear a mask and gloves. The mask was bought for me last year when the flu virus seemed bad; I work in a germ factory being a middle school teacher, but there has not ever been a germ like this.
My manuscript, Malachi, should be ready for release in 2-3 weeks. My formatter got it formatted, and I need to check those files and get the paperback cover done. It’s happening!!! I am excited. We all need something to read right now. Please stay tuned….
Malachi is a college drop-out who just lucked out and fell into an unusual job, once that promises excitement, a good rate of pay, and the chance to put his acting skills to work. Will Malachi do anything for a dollar?
I am still sort of working on the description and bi-lines for this book. Malachi is sneaky, a great actor, and really good at lying. He also needs a good meal. The book is somewhat of a young adult/new adult book, appropriate for those 16 and up. Malachi gets a chance to find out who he really is.
I hope you all have a great weekend with family or loved ones, practicing your social distancing and staying away and safe from coronavirus.