This lovely illustration of what home means is by my friend, Morella Camejo

What does home mean and what gives you hope during this pandemic? Here is what some of you wrote to me:

In and effort to fill the days I’ve actually found some positives. The yard never looked this good! And, in the absence of friends and family dropping by I’ve found new friends that previously I have been too busy to notice. The early spring  weather was so mild I spent a great deal of time outside and was amazed by the symphony  of birdsong. Everything  is especially quiet these days, and  the sound they provide is beautiful, relaxing, and almost deafening sometimes…even occasionally annoying. It turns out.. some birds like to argue with each other or so it seems. I have discovered varieties of birds I had no idea ever spent time in these parts.Janet, Robbins, CA


I am trying to stay positive and one of the things that gives me hope right now is honest connection that is so scarce on social media. And being of service–I like that, too–not in a goodie-goodie way…but getting takeout from my favorite spot to help keep their business going, cooking for my shut-in older friends and cancer patients.–Jenica, Santa Rosa, CA


I am glad I like to read. I just finished The Splendid and the Vile about Churchill during the time of the Blitz. I thought it was very good and a good reminder of how people have suffered and survived adversity.–Barbara, New York City


We are in the Sierras and have the pleasure of being surrounded by pine and cedar trees. We abide by the rules for our good and the good of others. I haven’t lost anyone to the virus–that gives me Hope! My yard is flourishing and flowers and trees are beginning to bloom…that gives me Hope! I am hopeful for the future.–Shirley, Twain Harte, CA


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About Alexis

Alexis Rankin Popik, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in The Berkshire Review and Potpourri Magazine. She has penned numerous articles about local history that have been published in Connecticut Explored and the University of Connecticut School of Law and The Hartford Seminary publications. A former union organizer, Popik traveled the country educating shipyard workers about health and safety and founded a labor-management health plan before turning to writing fiction full-time. She lives with her husband in New England.
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