Taekwondo Class in the Time of Coronavirus

I posted a video a couple days ago of my teenage son’s virtual piano lesson, with him sitting at the baby grand with his phone set up nearby so his teacher could tune in via WhatsApp. In addition to being a musician, Jon Morgan is a third-degree black belt in taekwondo. Before the shutdown, heContinue reading “Taekwondo Class in the Time of Coronavirus”

Piano Lessons in the Time of Coronavirus

At first, the piano teacher wanted to keep coming to the house. After the governor’s shutdown order, I put my foot down. The piano teacher is in a high-risk age group, yet she resisted. She is using Facetime for lessons with some of her students, but didn’t understand when we said we can’t use FacetimeContinue reading “Piano Lessons in the Time of Coronavirus”

Fasten Your Seatbelts; It’s Going To Be a Bumpy Time

A few days ago, I did not personally know a single person with a confirmed case of COVID19. Now I know a half-dozen people, all over the country. And we are still in the early stages of this. Yesterday the government reversed its earlier advice, recommending that we wear face masks in public (just theContinue reading “Fasten Your Seatbelts; It’s Going To Be a Bumpy Time”

Another Update From the Land of Social Distancing

Just before our statewide lockdown was announced, I drove to Michael’s to pick up a framing job. I was anticipating the stay-home order and figured if I didn’t take it home right away, it might be there for months. The framing job was my teenage son’s third-degree black belt certificate for taekwondo. While I waitedContinue reading “Another Update From the Land of Social Distancing”

Neighborhood Controversy

I had an unpleasant conversation on a neighborhood listserve recently, and I can’t seem to let it go. Someone posted that there was a petition for keeping the local farmer’s markets open during the pandemic. The state has classified them in the same category as restaurants, which are closed, rather than grocery stores, which areContinue reading “Neighborhood Controversy”


An hour ago I noticed out the window as two people stepped out of a car in a nearby driveway and walked to the front door. Both wore what appeared to be full hazmat suits. At least 100,000 Americans will die before the pandemic passes by; and that’s if people follow the experts’ strict guidelines.Continue reading “Lockdown”

Update to the End of High School

I posted yesterday about the Virginia governor’s announcement that schools are closed through the end of the school year because of the coronavirus pandemic. And today, it was no surprise that the high-school principal confirmed in an email to parents what I’d already assumed: that my son and other seniors will not have a graduationContinue reading “Update to the End of High School”

And Just Like That, High School Is Over

The governor of Virginia announced today that state K-12 schools are closed for the rest of the school year. I don’t fault him for making the decision. Our schools were already closed through the end of spring break in mid-April, but anyone who thinks this global coronavirus pandemic will be over by then is, well,Continue reading “And Just Like That, High School Is Over”

Update From the Land of Social Distancing

It’s the end of the first week of The End of Life as We Know It, as we all try to adjust to our new, Coronavirus-induced reality. Everything is weird and tense and depressing, but you already know that. Virginia does not yet have a statewide order to close businesses, but many have closed anyway;Continue reading “Update From the Land of Social Distancing”

Apocalypse Now?

In the photo, it looks like such a little thing, even kind of pretty. But the novel coronavirus makes me feel more and more like we’re on the brink of Armageddon, with its exponential spread and its growing impact on every aspect of life. And the other shoe just dropped: Alexandria City Public Schools announcedContinue reading “Apocalypse Now?”