I have had pets in my life since my earliest days, a lot of us have. Few children go through life without asking their parents for a dog (if they don’t already have one) and in my adult life, I remember the joy of picking up my new kitten from the SPCA. My Robby is with me right now, snoozing comfortably on his favorite ottoman across the room. Animal companions fill our lives with joy and comfort, especially in trying times such as these.
Have you heard of the Facebook group “A group where we all pretend to be ants in an ant colony?” It’s a lighthearted roleplaying group where the members pretend to be ants. There are elections for the Queen and everyone posts ant related memes and stories. At present, it has 1.7 million members. I recently joined and it's made me a tad more retrospective about eusocial insect. I’ve interacted with them in two states to date and those experiences have widely differed.
Especially in the days of quarantine, having entertainment is important. By now, you’ve probably watched all the shows you’ve had in queue and are pretty sick of just staring at coronavirus memes and news on your social media feeds. I know all that screen time has started to affect my eyes, so I thought now was the perfect time for a new edition of Fun Time Without Screen Time.
Last time, I provided some tips for those among us who are bored and craving interaction with others. I thought this time I would assess my own behavior and find out if I have followed my own advice.
Disclaimer: This isn’t designed to help with the money situation. I’ve included some resources near the end in case you’re interested. The list is by no means comprehensive, but hopefully it will help. What I truly hope to help with is the boredom.
Innumerable writing exercises exist for aspiring authors to hone their skill and established ones to warm up or sharpen their wit. One such example is the very short story. Deceptively complex, the idea is to convey an entire story in as few words as possible. The one of the earliest, shortest examples of such a challenge is generally attributed to Ernest Hemmingway (though there is much debate about whether or not he is in fact the original artist). The story goes that he was in a restaurant with fellow writers and bet them each ten dollars that he could write a story in six words. Once they had placed their bets, Hemmingway wrote, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." They conceded their defeat.