Day 11: Shelter in Place Extended

Washington State’s lockdown extended to May 5th = 42 days of everything closed

Thursday’s announcement extends by nearly a month Inslee’s order that closed thousands of businesses, public schools and much of society as the state continues to battle cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.
The extension means the entire stay-home order will remain in effect a full six weeks, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 4. That makes Tuesday, May 5, the first day for businesses and other activities to open.
In a news conference, Inslee said that “the fastest way to economic recovery is for a recovery of our health, which is fundamental to all we hold dear.”
“To save lives, to rescue Washington’s economy, we’ve got to preserve lives and defeat this virus,” he added later.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/gov-inslee-extends-washington-states-coronavirus-stay-home-order-through-end-of-may-4/

1) an observed joy- Watching the rain this morning, turn into hail.  It sounded divine!

2) a real concern- I’m hoping my food and job hold out until May.

3) a personal challenge- I want to fill up my time with video conferences for some reason this week.

4) one personal success (no matter how small)- I resisted the urge to fill up my time with video conferences.

5) a random thought (no matter how silly)- I’m thinking about a quote by Marcus Aurelius today,
“At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work — as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for — the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?”

Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands?”

 Staying at home alone is what a Gen X Latchkey kid was made for.  
Quarantine? We got this!

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Shannon Laws

Shannon P. Laws, born in Seattle, Washington, lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Author of three poetry books, "Madrona Grove", "Odd Little Things", and "Fallen" and an audiobook of her select mid-life dating satire poems, "You Love Me, Your Love Me Not". For seven years she produced award-winning community radio programs that promoted the PNW music/art community. Shannon's other interests include operating her voice-over company, Chickadee Productions, and Poetry Club. Since 2015 Poetry Club is dedicated to the neighborhood discussion and sharing of poetry.

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