Entries by shanebreslin

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25. What we’ve lost in the loss of art

In the early days of the pandemic in March of 2020, footage captured on smartphones from Italy started doing the rounds online. As is the way of things on the social networked world of the web, whatever strikes an emotional chord is propelled forward in a million different directions at once as unseen hordes of […]

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21. The pandemic’s numbers and stories

Everywhere since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, we have seen an endless array of numbers and been told an endless series of stories. Numbers and stories are among the greatest inventions of humankind. Stories have been told around campfires, from pulpits, from stages and via technology. Stories, told in spoken word and […]

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19. The problem of loneliness

Around the world, there are signs that things are beginning to open up. After a year of Covid-19, the virus and attendant disease has not gone away, there have been significant vaccine challenges — from manufacturing and distribution to potentially fatal side-effects for a small number of people — and the fear over vaccine-resistant mutant […]

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17. The saving grace of plants

A thesis has been developing in my mind this past year or more, first taking shape as time slowed down so much for so many of us in the early stages of the pandemic. Later, as the external world inevitably started to speed up again, this worldview which had taken hold in the long warm […]