Newsletter | May/Jun 2020Volume 48:3 | Search
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A note from your editor - Mui Ho
Making Masks - Betty Woo
Lockdown as a defining event of our lives - Leslie Golden
Working during lockdown - jiane du
A note from your editorby Mui Ho | Share #1403
While adjusting to our life during lock down by continuing to try to lead a normal life, many of our members have been very productive and creative, using the time inside our homes to engage in new projects or to finish old ones that we have forgotten. As for myself, I started sewing more, an activity that I find very meditative and peaceful. I have used leftover fabrics to make pockets for my tops and jackets to make them more functional. Many of our members are doing other creative projects.
I hope you will share with your friends and get together (with proper distancing and facemarks, of course) to engage in a dialogue on our 'new normal' -- addressing the future of the pandemic, how to transform civil disobedience into productive action and to make the basic changes in our society needed to create a better world.
Making Masksby Betty Woo | Share #1406
In between helping other customers, in a light Russian accent the busy shop owner knowledgeably demonstrated serger features of models both plain and fancy. His enthusiasm infected me with an unexpected desire for a new serger. Mentioning he could take my old serger in trade, he cinched the deal. I put the new serger on a side table in my dining room not thinking about when I’d get around to looking at it.
It’s hard to believe that a little over a month later, my lovely little serger is working “smooth as butter” making masks for family, friends and neighbors. After perfecting my pattern and technique, I‘ve settled on a quick version, churning out face masks by the dozens. I donate them to essential workers, at the farm stands, at the food bank and shelter. (As they must turn away clients who don’t wear face protection, our Yolo Food Bank tries to provide one if clients show up without.) Sometimes I think a higher power guides our steps. My new serger suddenly arriving at this time certainly feels serendipitous.
Lockdown as a defining event of our livesby Leslie Golden | Share #1415
With this in mind, I and my family have continued to pay all the people who have provided their services to us on a monthly basis and we shared our stimulus check with all the people who provided services for us during the year and donated the rest to the food banks. It’s time to take care of those people who have taken care of us and those less fortunate.
My current diversions include gardening, playing duplicate bridge on line (life master is in my future sometime), practicing my watercolor (thanks Judy Rowe), exercising on my elliptical machine (thinking about it more than doing it) and coordinating with neighbors to mitigate the risk of future wildfires via zoom. I am so thankful that I moved my 94-year-old father in with us last year. It is a relief to have him here and safe.
Working during lockdownby jiane du | Share #1409
It’s amazing how fast we have evolved, adopted and transformed the workplace from office-base to primarily working from home, as well as socializing with each other online. I was very skeptical at first, refusing to work from home, since my Oakland office only had five people including me. I have learned to make it work, and even embracing it at this point. I still find it difficult to communicate with my team members on the project. It is remarkable that everyone is learning how to use Zoom, Gotomeeting, Microsoft Team or Google Hangout to conduct meetings with clients like the school districts and to connect with coworkers and friends. I’ve even met with my book club and drawing group via Zoom and Gotomeeting. So, instead of drawing at other people’s backyard with friends, I am forced to sit alone in my own backyard and draw. Then, I get on Zoom and share with them my process and the joy I had in discovering the trees in my own backyard.
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