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Posted by Clormad

Wishing good health and happiness to everyone in the midst of Coronavirus Pandemic. Take care of yourself and each other during this time. Pay close attention to your medical & Government officials. One on one chating on here would help if anyone is interested.

I'm all ears. ­čśü­čśü

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Mar 20, 2020
looking forward : yes amen to that i am sooo bored
Mar 20, 2020
w30bob : Well.........I guess it depends where you live. My best friend lives in New York state and Gov Cuomo just locked down the entire state, including NYC. That sucks. Here in Maryland where I am things are pretty normal. Other than working from home you wouldn't know the world has been turned on its head. I took the garbage to the recycling center and then drove over to the local supermarket just to drive thru the parking lot to see the level of activity. It looked the same as it does every day. I was fully expecting to see the parking lot empty.....but it was about half full, like it is every day after work. Everything is open here, although I'm getting emails from my banks saying they're going to limit the number of people allowed inside the banks during the day to honor the CDC's recommendation for spacing...and that we should use the drive thru as much as possible.....but that's about it. Oh yeah, my hillbilly neighbors have been target shooting a little more than normal, but nothing crazy. I'm not bored, but tend to be more toward the "homebody" side of the spectrum, so maybe it all just affects me less. Bottom line is nothing crazy going on, we'll have to see how it evolves. Everyone stay safe out there!!

Mar 20, 2020
lovely : I live in a small town of about 8500 .So far there have been no cases here. But in some of the larger towns around us there are a few cases. Some places shut down but some are open. I went to the grocery store tonight and there were a lot of people there. Still nu bread, eggs, toilet paper, and other item out of stock. stay safe.
Mar 21, 2020
Morning glory : No cases in my small town but things have certainly changed in NC. The schools are all closed. Groceries are Scarce. I went three times to the stores this week. The shelves were bare. I finally was able to get some eggs and potatoes. I am thankful that I can cook and bake. I really feel sorry fore those that can't. The restaurants are taking a beating but are offering drive through.
We will get through this and be stronger for it. Hang in there everyone.
Mar 21, 2020
Bill : Hello Clormad.
Thank you for your good wishes and the invitation to chat. I do feel that keeping in touch with others at times when we are physically socially isolating is quite a good idea.
Most humans seem to be inherently gregarious, so this time of isolation will hit them hard in so many different ways if they cannot regularly communicate and feel part of 'the herd'. Fortunately, with social media, many of them will have the opportunities to keep in contact with their friends and avoid the loneliness that isolation can bring.
I am one of those 'fortunate' ones who have never really identified fully with the human race, the herding instinct and all its weird and not so wonderful ways. This has led me to self-isolate for most of my life and therefore the present advice to self-isolate will not make much difference to me.
In the past I have described this isolation as ┬Ĺfringe-edging', and I have been fortunate enough to have worked with many of the casualties of human behaviour, who have been forced to live on ┬Ĺthe fringe-edge' of human existence. This experience has led me to develop perspectives on the ┬Ĺhuman-condition' which do not accord with those that politicians would have us believe.
My approach to working with these people was to enable them to live emotionally independent lives, and to think for themselves, so that they could avoid being bullied and exploited as they had been in their past. I enabled them to ┬Ĺperceive' more accurately, those other ┬Ĺfringe-edgers' who could be trusted not to follow the patterns of the bullies in society. This way they could live their lives relatively free from oppression and take comfort in the knowledge that they were not alone in their experiences of horrible humans.
I am someone who firmly believes that all we really 'need' in life is food, warmth and love. Everything else tends to be what people 'want'. So, from my perspective, the presence of people hoarding stuff is simply a manifestation of human 'greed' (not need').
Another aspect of my ┬Ĺindependent' lifestyle is that I have developed and honed a penchant for talking to myself, (and other animal species) when there appear to be few other humans to whom I can relate.
This self- communication often manifests itself in rhyming verse or in other forms of writing. Many other writers will no-doubt confirm, that to undertake the task seriously, it takes many hours of self-isolation to produce tomes of written material.
Interestingly, I have found that on this site, there are many people who have experienced some of the less acceptable aspects of human behaviour, simply because they have a stoma. A site like this can offer support and comfort to those who might otherwise be self (or socially) -isolating because of their condition (With or without a virus to make things worse).
I do hope that this site will continue to offer this sort of support to all those who are feeling socially isolated because of their condition(s).
Best wishes
Mar 21, 2020
Bill : Sometimes someone says something so much more eloquently than me:
Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan living in Ireland, has penned a touching poem about #coronavirus.
Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,they say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness. Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,

Mar 21, 2020
Puppyluv56 : Things are okay in SC. No TP of course. Hubby found eggs today. Good thing, strawberry are in and they are yummy! Fresh at the farm! That helps to take to sting out of not having some other items! Walmart is starting a senior hour at the beginning of their open hours on Tuesday morning for those 60+ . So for those of us that qualify for that, expectations are that the shelves would be stocked and everything available. Check with you local Walmart. Target is doing the same.
Stay safe and healthy!