Shot of a young man listening to music in the cityI confess, the last ten days of our new world order have been tough for me. The adrenalin has subsided, and the novelty of changing over to a different way of daily living has definitely worn off. Last Sunday it rained all day, and I never left the house. It was a dark day.

Shot of a young man listening to music in the cityAmong the victims of COVID-19 last week was the mailman-turned-singer-songwriter, John Prine. Music was a hobby for Prine until he became involved with the Chicago folk revival and was discovered by the film critic Roger Ebert and country music legend Kris Kristofferson. He was a brilliant lyricist, acclaimed as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation.

Welcome to Normal webMarch 17 
Day One of Quarantine:
  "I'm going to meditate and do body-weight training."
Day Four:
  *just pours the ice cream into the pasta*
Troy Johnson (@troyjohnson)

“Banksy Girl and Heart Balloon”, by Dominic Robinson“Banksy Girl and Heart Balloon”, by Dominic Robinson

Love hurts
Love scars
Love wounds and marks
Any heart not tough or strong enough
To take a lot of pain, take a lot of pain
Love is like a cloud, it holds a lot of rain
Love hurts
Ooh love hurts
-Boudleaux Bryant

"Aiming for the marathon is a task of sorts which can include terrific highs and lows."

- Bill Rodgers, Four-time winner, Boston Marathon

Boston group marathon 350

People have repeatedly, and aptly, compared what lies ahead for us to a marathon. Just as with the marathon, we are certain to have highs and lows in the coming weeks. There has been a lot of preparation, and now we must execute the plans.