A little something

Social isolation. Unthinkable when we went into March and very much a reality now. I’m getting used to it, but as a person who had something to do and somewhere to go almost every day of the week, it is hard. I look back to 19 years ago when I was battling breast cancer. I felt too ill to go out, so I curled up with a book and our two dogs.

I’m pretty much doing the same thing now, but with four cats. And cancer-free all this time, so I am grateful for that.

Social isolation or self-quarantine or whatever you want to call it, means staying home.

I am betting that many of you, like me, live alone (with dog, cat, ferret, beta fish, or parakeet). And like me, you are looking for something to fill all these long hours. And  I am grateful there are so many places we can turn to. First, catch up with friends and family via email or texting or even telephone calls.

And there is social media. People said our gadgets kept us from real connections, but now they are the only way we can connect.

I usually limit my time at Facebook but I have to admit I have spent most of the morning watching video posts from such diverse sources as Angela Merkel and John Oliver. Different perspectives, same advice. I have Netflix, Amazon, Brit Box and Acorn TV, so there are many shows I can watch when there is nothing on regular TV.

But, you can watch only so many movies or podcasts. I’m thinking if you are reading this, you most likely read books.

Spoiler alert: The libraries are closed. So physical books that you can hold in your hands are pretty much unavailable. If you haven’t read a book on your Nook, Kindle, or iPad, now is the time to try it.

First, let me suggest you go online and find your library’s lending site. There are Freading, Hoopla, Libby, and probably more I haven’t heard of. Check with your library’s website and it should have the information you are looking for. You will need the number on your library card handy.

And there are many, many sites that offer free or discounted books: Ereader News Today, Book Bub, ArcaMax Ebooks, The Fussy Librarian

And here is the best of all: Smashwords’ authors are deeply discounting or offering their books for free until April 20. Authors Give Back  is an incredible response to helping people get through this crisis. True, we can’t just hide our heads in books and ignore what is going on around us, but they do help when you just need to escape for a few hours.

So go to Smashwords.com and find a list of books you may enjoy. Try reading new authors. Heck, you might even like my books if you go to my Smashwords page. (If you want to look them over first, there are excerpts and descriptions on my website, sandrazbruney.com, but note that they are only FREE at Smashwords.)

We will get through this. Meanwhile, stay calm, stay safe, stay well, and stay home.

 

 

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