Life in the Time of Corona

I am not a scientist and so I will not provide any insight into our current medical crisis. However, I am an author and an educator. I create stories and I explore them with students. We are not living in a tale. This is not a story of a fictional monster. The threat is real, and as adults we need to accept that and move on, appropriately. Arguing over whether the steps taken are “too much” is not the point. Moving safely along the path is. Wait until the dust settles before saying, “I told you so.” Better, when this is all over, just let that statement go. In the meantime, we have work to do.

Today, on this forgotten Saint Patrick’s Day, I begin teaching remotely. I’m prepared, but I know some teachers are not. These are new and uncharted waters, so please have patience as my colleagues begin navigating. The same goes for all of the students out there. Some of you are good to go. Some aren’t even close. Reach out. Let someone know you need help if you do. Trust me, there is a desire among educators, desperate to help. You are not alone in this.

I would normally be touting some facet of One in Ten in order to get you to buy it on 4/21. However, I have no idea if that release date will change or stay the same. It’s currently not my top priority. Helping out is. Therefore, if you are a teacher, and you need something engaging for your students to read, let me know. I will gladly send you the PDF of One in Ten. Certainly you’ll want to read it first, but it’s a quick read, and I think you’ll find it more than suitable for your students (here’s Ch.1 and Ch. 2 if you need a sneak peek). It’s the least I can do. And if this stretches on and you’d like me to Zoom into a class, or record myself answering questions from your students, let me know. I am here and available.

Again, no science advice from me, just one suggestion. Be kind to each other in these ensuing weeks. Yes, it’s going to get worse, and yes, there will be a lot of blame going around. Avoid that and focus on what’s under your control. You cannot control what is going on around you, but you can control how you respond to it. How do you want to be remembered as we lived through Corona? Embrace the obstacle and come out as the hero.

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