We find ourselves in the middle of unusual times, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading throughout the world, killing many thousands. It has created this new thing called “social distancing,” and self isolation, as though we were all monks in these trying times. And we forget that many who came before us “also” had trying times to deal with.

As we start this blog (well, me, specifically), we should note that EVEN WITH these hard times, this self isolation because of a tiny, tiny virus. (Did you know a bacterium, which is 1,000 nm, can be seen under a microscope? A typical virus is 20-400 nm. An nm stands for nanometers. And a nanometer is one billionth (!) of a meter. Bacteria are considered a separate, live, living cell, while a virus has particles of a cell and needs to “live” and reproduce in a host cell, making people really miserable in the process!

I suppose we should be happy to live in these technological times, where we can do “face time” on a phone or over the computer on the internet. We can watch fun videos and learn new information too. And when it comes to both entertainment and information, you can always read my upcoming book, “Great American Women in Science and Environment.” They faced adversity and trying times, themselves, but also triumphed.

Did you know Elizabeth Blackwell, our first American woman doctor, had to start her own hospital with her sister Emily because the men didn’t take her seriously? And that Madam C. J. Walker worked tirelessly to promote haircare products for black women, who also sold her products and prospered?

These women had their own “trying times” to deal with, and today’s women have it a lot a easier. At least they did, till this strong virus turned everything upside down. But those who have to stay at home with children still have many options — watching TV or their favorite video, getting board games (if they have none) online from Walmart or Target, seeing what the local library or maybe amazon.com has on audible books. Or you can always draw or read a book or bake cookies from scratch.

Though these “are” trying times, with some imagination and patience, we WILL get through them. If you have a child or grandchild with nothing to do, check out a website from author Richard Louv, childrenandnature.org, and get out and explore nature!

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