When you are someone who loves being around other people, the thought of being isolated for weeks on end might be unbearable. But Charlie Grindle, a self-avowed extrovert, has discovered some of the upsides.
In her account of how she is managing life in self-isolation, Jane Dougall writes that she has spent most of her life waiting for something. Now is no different, but what makes this current situation so challenging is the “unknown unknowing”. What Jane does know is that “we are not going back to what was.”
Every day we hear the numbers. On this day, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, COVID-19 has been confirmed in 1056 people here in Maine. According to the Maine CDC, 615 people have recovered, 52 have died. But the numbers don’t include everyone. Ericka Dodge Katz, for instance. This is her story.
Are you an extrovert or introvert? Supposedly extroverts are having the hardest time dealing with being isolated. Not necessarily so. Here’s Jen Dimond’s story.
We all have our own ways of coping with the isolation, fear and anxiety, uncertainty, stress, you-name-it feelings that we are all experiencing these days. For Anne Strout, it’s going into her studio and creating art.
My nephew and his family live in New York City, where streets usually crowded with vehicles and people are now empty and quiet. They’ve been isolated at home for several weeks now, with no end in sight. Their usual routines don’t work anymore, so together, they’ve built some new ones.
As we all try to grapple with being isolated, some people are doing better than others. It’s a difficult time and one that Val Walker never anticipated when she wrote her book (out today) 400 Friends and No One to Call. We spoke on the phone recently and she shared how she came to write the book, as well as some wisdom about dealing with our current situation.
Thursday was my cousin’s 60th birthday. I have a present and a card that I was planning to deliver to her in person. Because of coronavirus concerns, on Monday, the thought crossed my mind that maybe I should mail them. I decided no, under the circumstances, I’ll make it a quick visit, keep my distance, […]
Maine has one of the highest percentages of veterans in the nation. Many who are over 65 are living alone or with aging spouses and feel isolated from the community. Vet to Vet Maine matches volunteers who are themselves veterans with veterans who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. It makes a huge difference.
A poem called “The Crabby Old Man” has made the rounds for years. It turns out the story behind the poem is not accurate, but it still contains a useful message. He may seem crabby, but the man is simply feeling lonely, isolated, invisible, and depressed.