Faith and writing amid coronavirus

Greetings from my house, where I’ve been spending the vast majority of my time lately because of the coronavirus.
You’re likely stuck at home as well — and for good reason.
At times like these, I like to have stuff on hand to read. And lately, I’ve written a few things you may like:
— A SmartBrief Original on how workplaces can accommodate employees with mental illness.
— A While You Were Working Shining Moment on my favorite sports memory (feel free to submit yours!).
— A review of Adam Minter’s very good book “Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale.” (Order it from IndieBound or your local independent bookstore.)

Since I’m a person of faith as well as a writer, I was disappointed that the Festival of Faith and Writing got pushed back to next year. I totally understand the reasoning, though, and I plan to be there in 2021!

Speaking of faith, I greatly appreciated Father James Martin’s New York Times commentary on “Where is God in a Pandemic?” and N.T. Wright’s piece for Time about the importance of lament during this crisis. I’m grateful to have a theology that acknowledges suffering is a part of life and teaches how to deal with it (as opposed to the health-and-wealth prosperity gospel), and to be part of a church that’s been offering its Sunday worship online, as well as morning and evening prayer, which has become a vital routine for me.

A big part of my faith is helping the less fortunate, and I’m doing that by supporting one of my favorite organizations: the Arlington Food Assistance Center. You can help them as well by donating money or food. Another organization I love is Restoration Immigration Legal Aid, and you can contribute to their Benevolence Fund to help their clients during this time.

As we move forward, not knowing when this will all be over, let’s remember what we’re learning so we can come out better and stronger on the other side.

(Updated April 4, 2020)


Welcome to 2020!

Happy new decade (sort of), everyone!

A few updates: I am thrilled that the Washington Nationals won the 2019 World Series (I still can’t believe it, in fact). I went to the World Series parade and loved getting to see the players in person.

I am also no longer single! I started dating a terrific guy last year. However, don’t worry, my single friends — I’ve still got your back and will keep standing up for you.

And, I enjoyed the recent “Jeopardy!” Greatest of All Time tournament, even though I predicted the wrong winner. You can read my thoughts in While You Were Working SmartBrief here, here and here.

More thoughts to come on this year’s Festival of Faith and Writing, and anything else that inspires me.

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