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Stay Informed, Be Inspired
April 7, 2020

Staff Corner

What the World Needs Now...

Humor & Levity. The news out there is all fear, and rightfully so, as there’s certainly a lot to worry about.  One way I counterbalance the heaviness is with a little comedic relief.  If you’re on Facebook, check out Corona Comic Relief  – they keep it clean, respectful, and no politics whatsoever. 
 
Kindness.   I love this, from Mr. Rogers:  “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me:  Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”  So I’ve been paying attention to the good in the world, the helpers. And that’s been easy to do, quite honestly, given the amazing way Vintage House has stepped up to serve a community in need.  Another Facebook group to check out is The Kindness Pandemic.  Even if you’re not on Facebook, do a Google search for “the kindness pandemic” and spend a half-hour reading all the ways we’re showing up for each other right now.
 
Forget the world for a moment...what do YOU need now?  I am a single mama to a 21-month-old boy.  I share less than 900 square feet of space with his energetic self and our two cats. And I continue to work (thank goodness!), but now without the benefit of regular childcare. Through all the uncertainty of this so-called new normal, I want to stay present and reliable for my family.  To that end, here are things I hold important – and I hope they also help you:
  1. A routine.  Go to bed and get back up at roughly the same time every day. Write out a schedule, and allow for variables.  When so much is uncertain, I find comfort in knowing our routines are steady on any given day.
  2. Find your own retreat space. It’s helpful to know that when we are banging into each other, we each have our own special place to go to be alone when stress levels rise.
  3. Move your body every day. We walk every morning, rain or shine, and go back outside after naps, every day.  The fresh air does wonders for our mood.  Even if you don't go outside, YouTube offers a ton of free movement videos from Yoga to Line Dancing.  
  4. Help others. Find ways, big and small, to give back. Support restaurants, write letters to isolated neighbors, offer to Zoom your grandkids for a half-hour storytime.  Helping others gives us a sense of agency when things seem out of control.
  5. Reach out for help!  If you have a therapist or psychiatrist, they are available, even at a distance. If you are having difficulty coping, seek out help for the first time. There are mental health people at the ready to aid you through this crisis. 
  6. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt – and wide berth.  That includes ourselves.  Every single one of us will have moments when we are not at our best, and I remind myself often that even if I've lost my cool, I can show back up with compassion and grace.  
What do you hold to be important these days? 
We’d love to hear – email info@vintagehouse.org

 
Moira McGovern is the Database and IT Manager at Vintage House.  When she’s not troubleshooting an internet issue or getting us ready to Zoom a Ted Talk, Moira takes charge of our membership database.

Bird Watching Class

Would you like to explore the world outside of your home without leaving your home?

Join Jim Rosso via ZOOM for his enhanced Bird Watching class. Come observe wildlife through shared pictures, discuss what kinds of birds are in our area, and come find out why these colorful, musical species are so amazing.
 
Friday, April 10  9:00 to 10:00
FREE
Register Here: Bird Watching

ZOOM TED Talk

Join Vintage House for a ZOOM TED Talk.
Facilitated by Moira McGovern


How to Create Meaningful Connections While Apart 

Friday, April 10 • 1:00 to 2:30
Author Priya Parker shares tools for creating meaningful connections with friends, family, and coworkers during the coronavirus pandemic -- and shows how we can take advantage of gatherings that are unique to this moment of social distancing. "We don't necessarily need to gather more," she says. "We need to gather better." (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers. Recorded March 27, 2020)
Click Here: ZOOM TED Talk

Census 2020

The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It's an opportunity to shape your community's future. 


Responding to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future, and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:
  • Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments.
  • Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.
  • Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives
You can now fill out your census online, it will take 10 minutes to complete.  
Click Here: Take the Census 2020

Some Good News

We wanted to share this new YouTube show Some Good News with John Krasinski of "The Office" T.V. show. Good Clean Fun!

John Krasinski highlights some good news from around the world, including an interview with Steve Carell to mark the 15th anniversary of  "THE OFFICE", as well as John’s newest hero Coco.
Click here for Vintage House Spring 2020 Activity Schedule
Click here to Become a Member


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