Pandemic: Life Impacts Now

More concern, more deliberation, more mindfulness probably sums it up pretty well. I woke up in the wee hours of Saturday morning feeling unsettled. Actually, I’ve been waking [up] at about 3 am for several days now. Clearly, worry is high right now all over the place. It’s not just about one topic, either, and that’s part of what’s tough. I counted about 10 categories of concerns there in the dark. Health of kids, health of ALL of my people: 90-year-old mom, older siblings, my guy, friends, etc., getting things done, budgeting, planning ahead, my daughter’s braces situation which rightfully changes now, which are the gnarly doorknobs and any handle really that need extra cleaning attention(?), is laundry temperature important right now for killing germs(?), what will schooling look like now(?), my online teaching plan, plus much more serious concerns than those even — in other words,...

Stay At Home Birthday

My son’s 11th birthday party was last night; during the stay at home order by our governor in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. At 11, he dreams of outings for his birthday with lots of friends. The stay at home kind of birthday is an adjustment. It was the way it is this year. I have a few gifts for him, he got a couple very hoped for gift cards, and cash. His 15-year-old sister stole the show, though, with her coupons for time and experiences for her brother to use with her when he wants time with her. It’s a very big deal, because at their ages his sister isn’t always game for his requests on his schedule. This will change that some and I’m proud of her to bringing it in this way. All in all? She gave him more than six hours of time for activities. Some are specific such as jumping on the trampoline and playing catch with a football to laser tag or anything...

Pandemic: Future Focus

I’m only weeks into a career transition phase of my life. As I seek a new position with a stable, vibrant company, this pandemic is catapulting us into a different time that feels even less stable than ever in my memory. We’ll likely make cultural and historical references in terms of ‘before the COVID-19 pandemic’ or ‘after the COVID-19 pandemic’ now. I have a journalistic, digital media background and, as an observant writer, remember vividly what was happening in the world around me when my dad died, August 3rd, 2001. It was only a few weeks before 9/11. All sorts of people from national leaders and media personalities to neighbors down the street began referring to life as ‘before 9/11’ and ‘after 9/11‘ when referencing past influence on the present. Anything ’before 9/11’ seemed much farther behind us and less relevant than what was referenced as ’after 9/11’ because the world was...

Pandemic: Time At Home

This has been an unusual opportunity for an unexpected helpful slow down of sorts to focus on what matters – the health and well-being of human beings. This shift has me spending more direct time with my kids since school is cancelled for the time being and we’re waiting for next steps. I’ve started on some home organization projects I’ve been wanting to get done (for too long). One involves my 15-year-old daughter sitting with me to go through storage totes of her old stuff from when she was four and five. I didn’t expect it to be fun, but it was a hoot. We laughed so much pulling out various funny memories and useless junk from the boxes. There were things I assumed she’d remember from childhood she had no clue about and there were things she remembered that stunned me. Unexpected bonding opportunity. Plus, it was satisfying to have emptied two boxes tonight after supper...

A Fav Farmers Market On Earth

Occasionally I’ll fall in love with a place or experience…and when that happens – it takes hold of me deeply. Think of it as something you can’t stop thinking about – can’t shake it off. The Santa Fe Farmers Market is just that kind of experience. I think it’s my very favorite of all I’ve been to – more than 50 farmers markets in a couple years time. Lavender blue corn meal donuts, pretty vegan spring rolls, four different musical experiences from a marimba band to a Latin acoustic trio. Easy parking, gorgeously rugged industrial setting, vast variety, musicians at all corners, REI, AND an entire literal creative artist market broadens out the entire Saturday morning event. We also went on Tuesday morning and while it was still pleasant – it wasn’t anything compared to Saturday’s. Tuesdays is more of a tease or...

Chimayo On A Whim

Walking onto Chimayo Mission ground on a whim – Adrian having never been there and my having been there with my mom and sisters a couple years prior – I thought maybe he’d like to experience it. It was special and impactful – not for a second expecting that versus the sightseeing detour I assumed it’d be. We walked into the start of an outdoor Mass able to experience that as we entered. Just moments before – getting out of the car and beginning to walk – I noted a tiny heart shaped natural stone on the ground – less than an inch square. I quietly reached down to pick it up and kept walking holding it between my fingers thinking about that unusual moment. Once the service was over – beautiful as it was framed by the mountains behind under a canopy of trees and sun shades – we walked up to the church itself. The legend has to do...