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04/18/20 BLOG

Dear Friends,

Hope you know that, as a country, we’re being told that we’ve reached the peak in number of covid-19 deaths per day. But it could still be months before the count is anywhere near zero per day – all depending on our social distancing. Here’s the chart many people were following to see it level out at the top – Go here https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/ and scroll down to the bar graph titled “Daily New Deaths in the United States.”

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
• FYI, this is a very special week in world population. The world’s population turned over 7,777,777,777 people this week according to one site that tracks world population.
• A 93-year-old woman got 150 cans of beer delivered to her door after a viral plea for “more beer.” She held up a can of CoorsLight for the picture and the beer compay sent her 150 cans!
• The Coronavirus has achieved what no female has every been able to achieve. It has cancelled sports, closed all bars and kept all guys at home!
• Oh, nowwww everyone wants to know what introverts do for fun.
• One side effect of the quarantine is that it’s really hard to end phone calls. Twice today I almost said “OK, I have to run” before realizing there is nowhere to run to.
• Our cleaning lady just called and told us she will be working from home and will send us instructions on what to do.
• The year 2020 is a unique leap year. It has 29 days in February, 300 days in March and 10 years in April.
• Our reality sounds like an 8-year old telling a story they made up on the spot: “There was this virus that everyone in the world was scared of! and the world ran out of toilet paper. And there was no school for like, a month! Then it was summer.”
• Nail salons, hair salons, waxing center, and tanning places are all closed. It’s about to get ugly out there!
• I will not be surprised if in 9 months there will be people trying to name their babies Covid if it’s a boy and Corona if it’s a girl.
• So many coronavirus jokes out there, it’s a pundemic.
• I don’t know how people in 1918 did their pandemic without the internet
• In an unsettling reversal of my teenage years, I am now yelling at my parents for going out.

WHAT IS A BLOG?
One reader asked what exactly a blog is. Online I found it defined — “A blog (shortening of “weblog”) is an online journal or informational website displaying information in the reverse chronological order, with the latest posts appearing first. It is a platform where a writer or even a group of writers share their views on an individual subject.”

IDEAS FOR USE OF YOUR EXTRA TIME
• Are there any items on your bucket list that can be done at home? I know someone who is scanning old pictures and working on a recipe book she’s been wanting to complete for years.
• If you’ve been meaning to read these items, here’s where you can find them for free online:
o The Declaration of Independence can be read at
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Declaration-of-Independence/Text-of-the-Declaration-of-Independence
o The U.S. Constitution (and the Bill of Rights – technically the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution) can be read at https://usconstitution.net/const.html.
• Of course. you can always order items to be delivered – including hobby-related items, books, and just about anything through the Internet. But did you know that once a book is no longer subject to copyright protection (and I love to read for free), you can usually find it for free on the internet. Here are some sights for reading many older books for free:
o https://www.cnet.com/how-to/10-ways-to-download-and-read-books-online-for-free-library/
o http://www.gutenberg.org/
o http://authorama.com/
o https://mashable.com/article/free-ebooks/
• Here is the pdf version of The Plague, by Albert Camus
https://epdf.pub/the-plaguef62bf9a3edf146bb3e3fb8d8c1abb97a93097.html
I got it through https://epdf.pub/. I read it years ago and I’m thinking of reading it again.
• Take virtual tours of museums, art galleries, landmarks, national parks, zoos, foreign cities, or many other places.
• I just took a free tour of Machu Picchu at https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=virtual+tours&&view=detail&mid=435785BAFA29B27373FC435785BAFA29B27373FC&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dvirtual%2520tours%26qs%3Dn%26form%3DQBVR%26sp%3D-1%26pq%3Dvirtual%2520tours%26sc%3D8-13%26sk%3D%26cvid%3D6D17F90D17814593A2B65564C7D8A6E7.
• Here are some websites that help you do that:
o Just google “virtual tours” or go to one of these links:
o http://www.virtualfreesites.com/museums.museums.html
o https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/virtual-national-parks-tours
o https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours%3famp=true
o https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en
o https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ten-museums-you-can-virtually-visit-180974443/
o https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2020/04/02/these-museums-are-offering-free-virtual-tours/
o https://www.donbucklerartist.com/gallery – is over 100 paintings by a local artist and friend of mine – Don Buckler.

ON THE CORONAVIRUS
• A user’s guide to face masks: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/10/well/live/coronavirus-face-masks-guides-protection-personal-protective-equipment.html
• Everything you need to know about your $1,200 check from the stimulus package
https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackfriedman/2020/04/13/stimulus-check-everything-need-know/

SOME GOOD SCRIPTURE VERSES
• God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in time of trouble. – Psalms 46:1
• Those who sow in tears will reap with cries of joy. – Psalms 126:5

Dear Lord, please help the world defeat this coronavirus!

Be calm! Stay well! God bless us all!

Chuck
ChuckLynch4782@gmail.com

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