WELCOME TO DEAN SPEAKS OUT, 2020: Isolation and Depression: Covid-19 or Anytime

              PHOTOGRAPHS OF PLANTS THAT HANG IN THE OLD CASEMENT WINDOWS OF THE 1921 CO-OP I CALL HOME

This is my first post since life in the pandemic began in earnest.  

 

I WILL BE POSTING ABOUT  
ISOLATION,
UNCERTAINTY,
FEAR, AND
DEPRESSION IN THE WORLD OF COVID-19.

THIS COULD BE A DOWNER.

 FORTUNATELY, I’VE FOUND A FEW WAYS TO STAY SANE,
AND
TO CHEER US ALL UP, SOMETIMES I’LL WRITE ABOUT

ART
             OR
                               ROCK AND ROLL.

 

 

 

In my pre-pandemic life, most of the time, I write. I’m alone a lot. Sometimes I suffer from depression. I like to take photographs around my house or my neighborhood. When I’m depressed, I often abandon whatever piece of my writing I’m revising for the fourth or fifth time and write one-pagers, maybe with a photo at the top. I email them to friends. Often they write a paragraph or two and send them to me.

Then along came the coronavirus and everybody was isolated and some of them seemed to be getting depressed and all of them were trying to come up with things to do.

I got to thinking about writing and depression and isolation and talking to other people who get depressed or who are writing.

It all seems to fit for me. I hope it will for you.

One way to start writing is to use writing prompts. Choose one of these and write a few sentences:

1. Write about whatever comes to mind when you read, “We don’t know when it will be fixed.”

2. Outside the window, you see something you can’t believe. Describe it.

HAPPY WRITING.  

MY NEXT POST WILL BE A RESPONSE TO ONE OF THESE PROMPTS.

2 comments

  1. “We don’t know when it will be fixed.” It might be we don’t know IF it will be fixed if that means everything being like it used to be.

    Speaking of Rock and Roll, I never knew who came up with that term until recently. Alan Freed, a disc jockey that started out in Cleveland and later NYC, coined that phrase. I read that as I was reading about Little Richard and his impact on the history of same

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  2. Dear godlovesusernames, I’m not so sure about that. I’m actually wondering if the entire system of User Names should be overhauled. Surely we have “used” every possible User Name many times. Perhaps we can fix this broken plan, although it’s probably safe to say, under current conditions, that we don’t know when it will be fixed. But, seriously, there can’t be very many of us who haven’t been brought to the ridiculous User Name “I hate user names.” A sad state of affairs.

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