Lately I have been thinking about what social beings we are and realizing how much our connections mean to us. I guess this will be a while. Fiesta 1994
Aren’t the colors of the Common Grackle’s feathers beautiful in the morning sun? When they fly by you may think oh, just an ordinary blackbird, but in the early morning light when the sun hits their feather just right, you’ll see deeply hued iridescent shades of violet, green, and blue, along with metallic gold and copper.
They are everywhere all around us right now, in large and small flocks, singing their hearts out while pairing up to nest, and often mixed with Red-winged Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds.
You can see how dark it was at high tide on Monday, but the foam of the waves still showed their beauty.
From the Mass.gov COVID website:
BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced several updates related to the COVID-19 outbreak including extending the non-essential business emergency order and guidance for Executive Branch employees until May 4. The Department of Public Health’s Stay-At-Home Advisory remains in effect. The Administration also updated the “COVID-19 Essential Services” categories for businesses and other organizations that provide essential services and workforces related to COVID-19 that are permitted to operate brick and mortar facilities during the emergency.
Essential Services Order: Governor Charlie Baker’s emergency order requiring that all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public will be extended until May 4. Businesses and organizations not on the list of essential services are encouraged to continue operations through remote means that do not require workers, customers, or the public to enter or appear at the brick-and-mortar premises closed by the order. This order also prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people until May 4th.
We both look like we are on some sort of drug, but we were fooling around with the location on Zoom and this looked good. Not so much the characters in the photo. Just for fun
Great to see this long line of vehicles waiting to purchase fresh local fish!
Today I realized how much I miss our library. The online services are great, but I am missing the microfilm! Yes, I’m a little bit of a geek. I use the online local history resources and make frequent use of Libby to borrow books. But there’s something very special about a visit to your local library and I am sure I am not the only one who would like the library staff to know how much they are appreciated.
We’re having a contest.
With all this time at home, we finally have the opportunity to get to those DIY projects we’ve been aspiring to. Whether it’s creating a home office, re-tiling the bathroom, building shelves or anything else you want for your home, now is the time to get it done. In addition to creating the space you’ve been dreaming about, you could also be the proud new owner of a Festool Sander. It’s win-win.
We welcome projects large and small. This contest is open to everyone! Share it with your friends!
Zoom.com has become a life-line tool that’s going to help us get through the next few weeks of social distancing. You may have already used it for work. If you haven’t or don’t know what it is, read on …
What is Zoom? Think “conference call” but with a camera. The camera is key:
- My wife taught a yoga class on Zoom Saturday.
- Last night we had dinner with friends on Zoom.
- My niece may have her wedding shower on Zoom.
You can use zoom.com to participate in almost any event, with others, no matter where they are. And you don’t have to be in the same room with them.
- It’s cheap: there’s a decent “free” account or it’s about $15 a month for PRO
- It’s easy. If you have a smart phone (iPhone, etc) or a laptop or a tablet, any device with a camera, it’ll work.
- And it’s about…
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