Dear Readers and Friends,
My return to Wyoming happened last week—as you know, I tend to spend some of our winter months with family in Texas and California. One of the reasons I’ve been out of touch was travel difficulty after the outbreak of COVID-19. When I got home, I found my internet down—it took quite an effort to get a technician to come out and re-affix a cable on the dish. All good now. Tomorrow (Sunday, April 5) I’ll join my church’s virtual worship service. The following Tuesday at 7 PM the Cheyenne Guitar Society will hold its first virtual meeting via Zoom. I have learned the basics of the system and very much look forward to both events—it helps overcome separateness. It’s good to stay in touch long-distance.
Please let me know how you fare in these difficult times.—you can do so by responding to my personal email, e104...@gmail.com, or by posting a facebook message at https://www.facebook.com/edith.cook.127 Currently my facebook posts are mostly about dos and don’ts during CIVID-19. Sometimes I post a commentary by a trusted source, a reporter or opinion writer. Recently Kerry Drake of WYOFile imbued his post with a (much appreciated) bit of humor by commenting on the current toilet-paper-and-guns mania.
These are trying times. Financial hardships, I’m afraid, are upon many if not most of us. The isolation makes things worse, particularly for families with small children. When I was in California with young grandchildren I saw first-hand the difficulty of parents having to work from home (in this case, mostly via telecommunication) while trying to keep track of their children’s homework efforts. My son and daughter-in-law are fortunate in that both own their own laptops; plus, there’s a computer for the children to do work online. Still, the household was pandemonium. Someone was always talking in teleconference—and the children take advantage by playing games on their phones instead of doing homework.
In addition to my contributions to Ageless Writers, I have taken on online reader-judging for a literary magazine, Mud River Review, where I review fiction submissions. It’s a good way to learn how to shape stories for a general readership. I never knew how poor some of my essays were until I started reading large volumes of submissions and making a decision about rating for each one.
Be well and keep in touch. We need to maintain relationships now more than ever.