The City holds it's breath
The world is switching to online communication and learning. As the global pandemic continues, classrooms and meetings are moving to online platforms. One of the most popular online platforms for video conferencing is Zoom. But video conferencing can be difficult for those with hearing loss or for whom English is a second language. How can we make sure it is accessible for everyone?
The words wash over me, saturating me. I am listening intently to the speaker on the other side of the screen, drinking in the information. The information is valuable, priceless even. I pause to write a comment in the chat box.
Breathe. It is easy to be overwhelmed by fear in times of uncertainty. As Covid-19 sweeps the globe, many people find themselves being overwhelmed by stress. Stress and fear about contracting the virus, about losing their job, running out of food....and even running out of toilet paper. But constant stress can wreak havoc on our mental and physical health and our waistline.
She was about to close the drawer when she saw it. A simple long-sleeved shirt that she had bought at one of those Big Box stores. It was made of thick cotton and was one of her favorite shirts to wear when the air turned cool and nippy. She remembered the day she had bought it. She had traveled up to Sam's Club with her family. The day had been warm and mild when she left her house and she had dressed for the weather, wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Although the store was only an hour away, the weather was completely different. It was at least ten degrees colder, cloudy and blustery. She had been freezing and had bought the shirt in order to stay warm.
I sat on the floor, looking at my beautiful newborn who was sleeping contentedly under the mosquito netting in her bassinet. My head was spinning from exhaustion. I felt myself sliding into a black hole it would take months to get out of it.