The local quarterly free paper arrived, like a message from another world. Most of it is ads and event listings, with the odd restaurant review. I expect they'll pause the July edition.

Great post here with the short and long version of why we need to all be wearing masks all the time for the foreseeable future. Think of it as a badge of honor showing how much you care about the people around you.

@ruby Some really interesting reasons I hadn't yet considered. Another one: it normalises a behaviour that makes it easier for hay fever and asthma sufferers to wear masks against pollen and pollution.

This boy was sitting in the gift bag, but came out for his photo as soon as I pointed a camera in his direction.

Covid 19 (+) (symptoms and home treatment) 

Covid 19 (+) (symptoms and home treatment) 

Covid (-) 

Covid adjacent - masks 

mental health (-) 

@glynmoody It's bizarre. There are plenty of UK workers laid off who could pick fruit and veg.

I’ll try to switch to posting something more fun, possibly even frivolous, after this, but the information seemed important enough to share.

from a Michigan on how to clean your groceries after bringing them home:

I enjoyed To End All Wars by David Tallerman, a mystery about a WWI Lieutenant in the trenches who finds something peculiar amongst all that horror.


Interesting things happened to book sales as people prepared for lockdown. My feeling is that bucket list books will be replaced by less worthy and more fun or accessible stories in a couple of weeks. It's a bit like gym resolutions now in the first week after New Year.

@Kitts I can't pick just one. But I like Lord of the Lost's Lighthouse at the moment because it's uplifting.

covid-19 adjacent, food 

covid-19 adjacent, food 

@nimona I agree with Gwenfar's Garden, you deserve more. Good luck.

music, covid-19 

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