Tag: Coronavirus

Survival Tip #4 Help

I’m fortunate to be be friends with a doctor who works at one of the New York City hospitals. You can only imagine what his life has been like the last few weeks. Yet, he is one of the most cheerful people I know. Of course, he started off cheerful, which helps, but I think he’s also buoyed by the knowledge that the work he’s doing is so meaningful. This is what he’s trained to do. One thing I’ve noticed is that people who’ve found ways to help are navigating this crisis better than others. We can’t all work on the front-lines, but there are opportunities. I’ve made a list of some ways in which writers can help. 1. A number of organizations are looking for people to write letters. One of them, Operation Gratitude, sends letters to our first-responders and members of the military. 2. Support independent bookstores. Many of them are struggling, and it’s a huge help if you can order books to be shipped, or use curbside pick-up, or buy a gift card. Also, Bookshop.org is donating 10% of its sales to booksellers in need. 3. Support other writers by donating to organizations that are helping them. […]

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When Words Matter: Queen Elizabeth

There’s a saying, “talk is cheap,” and that’s often the case, but in the days of Coronavirus words can powerful and inspirational. Queen Elizabeth made a rare address on Sunday, almost simultaneously as Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been hospitalized with Covid-19. Read her words and discover how she uses language to inspire, soothe, thank, and offer hope to the people of the United Kingdom. Writers will be reminded of how much words matter. Queen Elizabeth’s address: I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all. I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all. I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times. I also want to thank those of you who […]

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