And here we are…

Well, things are escalating rapidly in the world, aren’t they? I’m at home, typing this, wondering if I’ll have a job when it’s over. The indie I work for has shut its doors, temporarily laying off 80% of its employees without pay, and with health insurance only through the end of the month. Coming soon: massive permanent layoffs. I love my job – and it’s one I think I’m pretty damn good at. But beyond that, I have so many co-workers who will truly struggle if they are laid off during this economy.

Being laid off gives us the opportunity to apply for unemployment, but the system is SO OVERWHELMED right now, that it’s taking people multiple attempts, and several hours on hold, before they can figure out what’s going on. And, to be honest – with that many people claiming unemployment, I have to wonder if the government will have the funds available to be able to pay them all.

It’s a scary time right now, because all of that uncertainty doesn’t even cover those who are more susceptible to this virus, and are (rightfully) worried over the terrible job that our current administration has done thus far. A big kudos to the state leaders who have stepped it up to fill the gaping hole…I’m just not sure if it’s going to be enough.

Final thoughts here, before this gets TOO depressing. Wash your hands – THOROUGHLY. 20-30 full seconds, people. Practice social distancing TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY. When you can, check in on others – text, phone call, window knocking. Support small businesses – restaurants, indie bookstores, etc. They’re all struggling and trying to figure out how to keep their business open and take care of their people.

Above all, folks. Be Kind. To yourself, and to others. We need it right now, and you really have no idea how one moment of kindness might have a HUGE impact on someone’s life. ESPECIALLY right now, when so many are worried, and feeling alone.

#FeelGoodFriday

It’s that time of the week again! Going into the weekend like that kid at the table who is determined to eat but suddenly finds himself waking up with spaghetti on the side of his face. No? Just me?

To get us started, I feel like we should “shake off” all the bits and bobs that have irritated us so. Be like this little girl, and her new friend, and find joy in some music.

Kindness seems, these days, to be in short supply. Particularly if you spend much time on the interwebs, there’s a lot of negativity and downright MEAN going on. Thankfully, as Mr. Rogers says, we can “look for the helpers” – and it can inspire us to not only feel better, but to be a helper ourselves.

BABY SIGHTING! And a very *special* baby, too – one that will do her part, big or small, to help continue her species until we humans can get our nonsense sorted out.

https://people.com/pets/denver-zoo-first-baby-greater-one-horned-rhino/?fbclid=IwAR28LoWXZO9fMFkcjAzVmS2RB5i2scqN0JrBq8GmY85WAQQ7QVKm0DWGPNE

And last – but not least – this AMAZING video shot over the course of a year, of all the animals using a log bridge. Not only is it fascinating to see the diversity, but it’s also just sort of relaxing to watch.

Ok, folks – that’s it for this week. I hope you have a weekend that is relaxing and healing. And for all of you just starting your week? I hope it’s a good one. And please remember: as Ellen says, Be Kind. It costs you nothing, and it may make all the difference in the world to a struggling soul.

Be Kind…and DANCE.