Topic: pandemic diaries

Pandemic Diaries

How the pandemic forced me to slow down and stop smothering my anxiety with chronic busyness

"If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that we need to lift ourselves and one another up as much as we can."
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How do we grieve those we lose during this pandemic when we cannot attend their funerals?

I lost both my grandparents to COVID-19. But I will not lose my will to honour their legacies.
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Being Jessica Fletcher: How binging Murder, She Wrote in quarantine is helping me be a better person

Writer Shawn Hitchins gives credit to the classic TV show for helping him reclaim a sense of decency in dark times.
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In the midst of lockdown, I met someone — but it was no match for the overwhelming pandemic solitude

Poet Marn Norwich on finding, then losing, her pandemic boyfriend.
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Ballad of the hospital bed allocator

Before leaving healthcare to pursue art, Charlie Petch worked as a bed allocator — and they'll never forget it.
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A Canadian activist in New York pleads: We must all be a part of the fight against anti-Black racism

"It's not good enough to not be the bully that lives below; we must address the damage that is happening from within."
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Improvising recess: How do we find the playful while parenting in a pandemic?

For poet Natalie Meisner and her wife, a balance of structure and play has been the key to helping their sons navigate a chaotic time.
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No sex and the city: With casual intimacy off limits, we are losing out on momentary connections

"I am finding ways to sustain long-term relationships, but I haven't yet found ways to replace these ordinary, ephemeral intimacies."
Pandemic Diaries

How my son and I are surviving isolation by working on movies together at home

Actor James Sanders and his son Max are channelling the stress of the pandemic into creativity.
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Quarantining at my parents' house, I left my drag gowns in the closet — but I got stuck there too

Toronto drag queen Selena Vyle wasn't prepared for the hard truths she would have to face staying with her parents in Ottawa.
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Journalism is more important than ever — and we can't let the pandemic destroy the industry

Writer Matthew Hays has seen his field jeopardized time and time again, and he's issuing an urgent warning about the threat it's facing now.
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After a lifetime of always wearing makeup, the pandemic finally set me free from beauty standards

Writer Sara Atnikov has found unexpected liberation in letting herself be a little less put together.
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How working at a hospital during COVID-19 has taught me to look for silver linings

Writer Peter Ash was struggling at first, but then something unexpected happened: he started to find acceptance.
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This family of costume enthusiasts' solution to the quarantine blues? Dress up together every Friday

The Pariselli family has always connected around creative expression, and they've got a new way to stay entertained while they quarantine together.
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Listening together, listening alone: A music professor sounds off on his shifting industries

University of Alberta assistant professor Brian Fauteux reflects on the way COVID-19 is affecting his two passions: music and teaching.
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Lessons from my 'Apocalypse Garden': How the pandemic has forced me to plant seeds of hope

Author Catherine Hernandez had no idea she would end up learning life lessons from her plants.
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Theatre stages may be empty, but virtual rehearsals are keeping our spirits in full zoom

Rob Kempson and his Shaw Festival colleagues are connecting even more deeply with their work — and with each other — during all of this.
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I tried to get home to Saskatchewan from India to be with my mom — and my life became chaos

Photographer Sara Hylton was one of the thousands of Canadians stuck in India and struggling to get back on a repatriation flight.
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What it's like to give birth during a worldwide health crisis

Photographer Dallas Curow shares an intimate account of her daughter's birth story, in text and images.
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Mental health and the pandemic: What do you do after the thing you fear most comes true?

Musician Carmen Elle paints a vulnerable picture of life at the intersection of chronic anxiety, OCD, and COVID-19.
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'Even when we're alone, we're alone together': An illustrated diary from fourteen days of isolation

Rebecca Roher shares an all-too-relatable record — in daily drawings — of two weeks in quarantine.
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I joined Cameo to raise money for coronavirus relief and immediately ruined everything

Arrow actor Ben Lewis details his misadventures in being introduced to the video messaging platform.
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'We are in Tragedy.' Reckoning with the deep fear of dissolving into nothing during these times

Artist and activist Makram Ayache dives deep into the darkness of COVID-19 to try and find some light.
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'I am not a digital artist. I feel like a cobbler in a world of people who no longer wear shoes'

Ken Schwartz has nothing but admiration for his colleagues moving their work online — but for him, theatre's magic can only truly be felt through live performance.
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An American in Toronto: Everything changed just as this writer started calling the city home

"This is an anvil dropped in the middle of the life I am trying to create here."
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'Was it always this lonely to be alive?' A poet's search for hope in self-isolation

Alone in a tiny high-rise apartment with her dog, Gwen Benaway is holding onto moments of intimacy and the words of queer writers.
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What day is it again? One artist's musings from a month in isolation

Moments take forever, but hours fly by. Julia Campisi captures the quiet anxiety of life at home in words and photographs.
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In this time of isolation, we must push ourselves to love braver than ever before

Gender and sexuality can be a source of strain for family relationships — but for Heath V. Salazar, a phone call to their grandfather during COVID-19 changed everything.
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What's worse than a global pandemic? Going through a breakup during a global pandemic

Comedian Brendan D'Souza can't help but laugh at the collision of a messy heartbreak with devastating career upheaval.
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Cancellations, unpaid bills, eviction threats: Inside the grim reality of being an artist right now

Moira Ness details some of the immediate challenges she and her fellow artists are facing as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the art world.
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This painter drove his mother back from Florida amidst COVID-19 — and saw life imitate his own art

In a minivan packed with Purell, Toronto's Peter Harris took a roadtrip he'll never forget.

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