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What Are Your Silver Linings?


We all know that life has changed dramatically. We’re wearing masks, we’re socially isolating and socially distancing, we’re Zooming, we’re missing hugging our family and friends, and we can’t wait for life to get back to some sort of normal. But we’re also finding creative ways to confront this new world, and even finding “silver linings.”

Please write up a sentence or two and send—along with a photo, if possible—to Debbi Honorof at dhonorof@gmail.com, and we will share them in future emails.​
 
 

Here are a few silver linings from TTN-NYC members:


MARY LOU FLOYD: I have two close friends with whom I text daily and Zoom at least once a week.  One is a graphic designer, the other a journalist and writer and I have a past career as a filmmaker.  We keep up on the daily virus news and jointly watch and text during the morning Cuomo press conference and the evening Trump one, although we had to stop that last one because it was causing us to drink too much.  I sent them Gov. Cuomo and Dr. Fauci socks and t-shirts for their April birthdays.  

So when Gov. Cuomo announced the PSA competition for 30 second ads to promote wearing face masks, we got on it.  Well actually we procrastinated until the last few days but still produced a spot without leaving the security of our homes.  While the other entries were shot in multiple locations, with more effects and are overall amazing, we pride ourselves on finding a way to deliver our entry without jeopardizing anyone's safety.  Now we're just sitting back and awaiting Gov. Cuomo's call!!
 
 

 

ENID KLASS: I learned how to make a perfect poached egg every time!


DONNA RICH: My husband and I have been at our house in upstate New York since March 21st.  We have done more cooking, shopping and walking together than we usually do in the city. I have been involved in a number of online programs, such as meditation, yoga, exercise, watching dance and theater performances and listening to music. I have had more time to reflect on what is meaningful in my life and to reconnect with old friends and family with whom I have been out of touch or not in frequent touch. I appreciate more than before the beauty of nature, the time with my husband, the slowing down of the pace of life. I have been enjoying participating by Zoom in meetings or programs sponsored by nonprofit organizations. 


GEORGIA POLLACK: Although I am alone,  far from family and friends in NYC, I am enjoying walks in the Tucson Arizona desert when the cactus are blooming—a time I am not usually here.  Enjoying too not only the majesty and silence of the mountains but also the sights and sounds of desert birds.

 
 

SUSAN NIEDER ACUNTO:  I've been raiding the craft drawer for googly eyes, ribbon, packing straw, chicklets, small candies and whatever else I can find to make "friends" for my toddler grandkiddo to chat with via FaceBook. Then we sound off together with animal noises while he flips the pages of Old Mac's Farm and points to the cow, pig, horse and duck. Not as satisfying as an in-person hug,
but still makes me smile.


SUSAN KARP: Through the kindness of a number of people, my sheltering in place has been more doable and less stressful than originally anticipated. Two women in the neighborhood do most of my grocery shopping. One has three teenage boys and works part time but still sends me an email asking for my list every time she goes shopping. I don’t know them but pray, when the coast is clear, I‘ll have the opportunity to thank them in person. Hopefully by then hugs will be possible. They are angels. My neighbor, Joan, has a standing order with Fresh Direct and reminds me regularly I can add anything I need to her order. I was late to ordering masks but, my more organized and strategic friend across town, Marcia, put five in the mail as soon as she heard. My friend Anna does incredible research and shares all so I’m up to date on virus research, products, websites, etc. I’m nominating my building staff for the Medal of Freedom. I could go on and on but my point is, people have been lovely, thoughtful and kind. If you have to go through the epicenter of a pandemic, these are just some of the people you would want to have by your side—metaphorically speaking of course. We all know by now, no one can be by your side in a pandemic.


ARLENE BESSENOFF: I'm truly learning the joy of cooking.  For Passover, I was able to make many of the dishes (like carrot tzimmes and potato kugel) that, in previous years, I had purchased already prepared. I followed recipes (some from very old cookbooks) and learned how to substitute and be creative when necessary. I found most ingredients in my neighborhood, but Amazon helped as well.  Now, I look forward to spending time in my kitchen as it provides an oasis of calm and distraction from life's current challenges. 
 

Carrot Tzimmes


PAT BAXTER: One silver lining is the natural world — reduced pollution, swans and jellyfish in the canals of Venice — and very ordinary things like dandelions that are a welcome burst of color now. The other silver lining is how the arts have responded — Andrea Bocelli’s performance at the Duomo in Milan at the top of my list.
 
Dandelion: a welcome burst of color
 
PAULE ROGOL: Taking walks, picking up the guitar after many years, my morning coffee! Sharing the daily rituals of the day with my husband. Life is slower and I’m surprised at how comfortable it is!

A gorgeous tree found on a walk


EVA ENG: My faith in the power of science is being reaffirmed. On a worldwide basis, the irrepressible and collaborative spirit of scientists actively searching for pandemic solutions is heartening. Perhaps more folks will be inspired to pursue STEM careers.
 

LINDA ROSENHEIM:  My "silver linings" have been calls I've received from concerned friends who are far from NYC. They have called  from Canada, Colombia, the UK and other states to check on me during this terrible pandemic. It was reminiscent of calls from friends after 9/11.  The calls and many emails have been comforting and they keep me connected to the wonderful people I've met through the years. 
 
We all know that life has changed dramatically. We’re wearing masks, we’re socially isolating and socially distancing, we’re Zooming, we’re missing hugging our family and friends, and we can’t wait for life to get back to some sort of normal.

But we’re also finding creative ways to confront this new world, and even finding “silver linings.”
What are your “silver linings” during this pandemic?
  • Did you learn a new skill,
  • sew masks to donate,
  • bake a complicated cake, or
  • discover something outdoors that you never had time to notice?
 
We’re asking TTN members to share your “silver linings” with other chapter members.
Please write up a sentence or two and send—along with a photo, if possible—to Debbi Honorof at dhonorof@gmail.com, and we will share them in future emails.