Submitted Tales of the Times

In March of 2020 we began asking you to submit your experiences
and journal entries on the global chaos of 2020 and you responded.

Here you can read your submissions



Tale of the Times – Candace Ganje

5/18/2020 In the beginning days of the Covid pandemic the word “HOPE “ became very meaningful to me. I began a mission to write/sketch something about HOPE everyday or so. I also hung a lighted sign that says HOPE on outside terrace patio hoping it would give inspiration and Hope…

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Tales of the Times – Anonymous

4/22/2020 I work system support for a Fortune 500 retailer. Everyday I drive to the corporate campus where I solve the problems of retail employees across America. I am one of a very small group of specialists that “puts out fires” for our 1,000 locations. In addition to my normal…

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Tales of the Times – Claire Psarouthakis

4/18/2020 An Inverse Relationship Hypothesis of an Intimate World I submit the hypothesis that as my world shrinks, the intimacy with which I interact with it grows. I’ve never cared so gingerly for a potted plant until I could no longer walk along a garden. Nor understood the preciousness of…

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Tales of the Times – Elaine Weinkam

4/17/2020 I arrived in Andalucia, Spain on February 18. Life was as normal and wonderful as you can imagine for the next two weeks. Somewhere around the end of February there were discussions about what was going on in the world with the virus. There were some concerns as it…

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Tales of the Times – Martin Weber

4/15/2020 Fluid Core (a poem of hope and belief in humans, even in darkest of times) Unprecedented and Unthinkable, we have used these words before. Shells of dreamers, thinkers, servants, artists, mothers, sons, fathers, daughters, reformist politician, doctor finding a cure, saint gone before anointment, sinner returning home. Hate and…

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Tales of the Times – Betsey Whitbeck

4/15/2020 Covid-19 is a mirror through which we view ourselves in a new light. We middle class Baby Boomers can see we are spoiled and naive. Spoiled, because we have pretty much everything we could need or want, and doing without, being constrained and universally fearful emphasizes our prior comfort.…

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Tales of the Times – Anonymous

4/15/2020 As we have been waiting in our homes, I’ve had to sit with myself and actually SEE myself. No busy schedules between work and life, no happy hours or late-night drunken parties to escape to, no errands or unnecessary shopping to distract me from seeing myself for where I…

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Tales of the Times – Jack Rider

4/3/2020 Angie Hong’s Stillwater Gazette column of 27 March, “The Day the Kingdom Rested”, might be the thematic base or framework for you project! Looking forward to when we can once again attend productions at the Zephyr. ~  Jack Rider

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Tales of the Times – Maria Lamey

4/2/20 After the first full week of being constantly bombarded with online tales of the the horrors of the Covid 19 pandemic, I went into a full fledged panic attack at my house. As I was settling into the comfort of my own bed, the trembling began at my feet…

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Tales of the Times – Gigi Zawislak

3/29/2020 This year I am an eighth grader, it’s my last year at a private school I go to. I had been homeschooled for two years, but then to return to school for the last year of my middle school era. Everyone there looked and acted so different than I…

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Tales of the Times – J. Jean

3/28/20 A play.  Running time should be about 10 min. Enjoy! AT RISE: THE INTERIOR OF A CATHOLIC CHURCH, DIMLY LIT EMILY (Neurotic, phobic) ENTERS. (click here to keep reading) ~  J. Jean

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Tales of the Times – Michael DeMeglio

3/28/2020 It all happened one evening before bedtime, after the entire day was spun around toilet paper (no pun intended) I as an artist was brainstorming ideas in my head on documenting historical artifacts through painting. After much news about empty shelves and people over buying toilet paper, I knew…

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Tales of the Times – Heidi Stevenson

3/27/2020 It’s hard to be away from family and friends so one of the things we are doing to keep in touch with each other via the internet is a joint effort to write a mystery story. We contribute 1-2 sentence text messages that are left dangling for a person…

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Tales of the Times – Blaise Junker

3/25/2020 SCENE ONE. – ALVAREZ FAMILY ROOM (9 y.o. COVINA ALVAREZ, youngest of three, sits in the “family room” of her parents’ house making a doll-sized ‘igloo’ out of rolls of toilet paper. The rolls of tissue appear to have been chewed or stabbed repeatedly and gotten wet at some…

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Tale of the Times – Elissa Cottle

3/23/20 Poem Pandemic Companions My sons are grown, I am my child now. In 60 years I have never been afraid of the world. But today it warns me to stay inside that anyone I may see within speaking distance is suspect. Their speech may carry invisible drops of poison…

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