when the danger passed, and the people joined
they grieved their losses, and made new
choices, and dreamed new images,
and created new ways to live and heal the
earth fully, as they had been healed."
~~ Kitty O'Meara
Well... We're now in week three and I've pretty well
concluded that leaving the house is NOT why I consistently
feel like I'm struggling to keep up. I've not left
the house since March 16th and am still harried. I'm
hoping that'll change starting this week when I have a
couple days off. But, for now, I haven't had much
writing time so I'm basically repeating the last
I hope you're all staying well and healthy!
Top Ten More
Things To Do While Staying Home
10. I made more puzzles! And I've been playing
these puzzles a lot. It's very relaxing. So here
That last one is tough! You may have to hit
a gray, round arrow to get it to break into pieces.
9. Walking a labyrinth sounds heavenly right now but
since going out is frowned upon, you can print the labyrinth
below and use a pen or pencil to "walk it" while
contemplating and praying.
8. I plan to write fanfics
in which the Friends deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and the
resulting social isolation. First up, Andrew and
JenniAnn. After that? Who knows. If
there's a particular character or group of characters that
you'd like to peek in on during this time, please let me
7. Speaking of that Andrew/JenniAnn story... if you're
looking for a show to binge, firstly I'd suggest The
Chosen which you can watch on the app by the
same time. (Email me if you need more info.) But
my second choice would be Netflix's The Haunting of Hill
House which will be discussed in the story I'm
writing. Not only might it help with understanding the
story, I just really loved it. Unlike The Chosen,
it is most assuredly NOT for family viewing. It's
scary and dark but hauntingly beautiful and I'm really
looking forward to rewatching it. If you'd like to see
it and don't have Netflix, it's also available on DVD and
6. Along those lines, if you want to familiarize
yourself with any of the many, many literary and cinematic
works the Friends reference, you can peruse this list for
The works of C.S. Lewis, chiefly The Chronicles of
Narnia and The Great Divorce are great places
5. And if you want to get nostalgic about "The
Carpenter," starting this Friday (Good Friday), a production
of Jesus Christ Superstar will be streaming for free
To be honest, it's not my favorite version but it captures
the live experience pretty well. And no recorded
version starring Joshua actually exists.
Although, spoiler alert, since this year's production of JCS
at St. Genesius' was canceled, the Friends do stream the
Joshua version on their Facebook. Unfortunately,
that's not available to us. ;-)
4. While I've not been able to write as much as I'd
like, it has been therapeutic. It helps to deal with
pandemic but in a way that's not totally tied up with my own
experience. If that sounds good to you, pick a TBAA
assignment... or two or three... and write about what their
experience would be like right now. Or pick an
angel. That'd be interesting, too.
3. Relive your favorite TBAA musicals moments by using
your favorite music service and building a playlist of songs
from the show. For help, here's a list that I've
compiled. Please keep in mind that not all songs are
widely available or available at all.
2. Become a Dye Scout! Yep, I basically forgot
this existed... but it does!
1. Keep praying. Talk to God. Talk to
other people. Remember that you are not alone!
This newsletter is dedicated to John
Dye for looking good even as a puzzle. ;-)
Seriously... I really have been doing those puzzles a lot.
(Photo Credits: The
photographs used on this page are
from Touched by an Angel and
owned by CBS Productions, Caroline
Productions, and Moon Water
Productions. They are not
being used to seek profit.)