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From the Editor’s Notebook

By Staff | Apr 12, 2020

So, how are you coping?

We have now completed another week of nothing going on, keeping socially distant from everyone, staying at home, working and doing school work at home, cleaning the house, painting a room or two and watching way, way too much TV.

Or have you found ways to be productive? Perhaps reading a book, learning a musical instrument or other skill?

And our reward for obeying the rules is that the governor is going to let us do all this for another three weeks or so. At least until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 3.


Actually, like most of you, I think I have fallen into the routine. Luckily, we are still able to produce a newspaper every week, so that keeps us feeling somewhat normal.

Whatever this new normal is.

For me, personally, this has been pretty bizarre. For the first time in my 47 year weekly newspaper career as an editor, I am home a lot.

I mean, for those 47 years I was gone a lot of evenings covering sports or meetings or concerts or other events. And, that was true for just about every weekend, too.

Now, with not much happening, I am home pretty much home every night and every weekend.

For the first time ever, I now have an 8 to 5, five day a week job. Wow, so this is what having a ‘normal’ job feels like. (Or what retirement could be like…)

Not exactly real exciting. I miss the old days of being busy and looking forward to Wednesday and Sunday nights because they were the ones when I could usually be at home. The rest of the time I was out and about, being at every single event, and pretty much enjoying it.

But, enough about me. How about you? Finding some fun things to do?

Well, some folks sure are. They are being pretty creative and having good times with friends and family over the Internet, through Facetime, Skype and Zoom.

Or learning some new crafts and hobbies, helping others, staying active.

One girl in Blue Earth saw something on Facebook about decorating your window with a rainbow.

Mikayla Ankeny, daughter of Brent and Chrissy Ankeny, lives on Holland Street.

The Blue Earth Area fifth grader created not only a rainbow, but a sun, clouds and raindrops as well. She thought it would be nice for not only passers by but also her across the street neighbor, Donna Blom.

It was Donna who called me and thought I should take a photo of the window and of Mikayla so we would have a little good news in the newspaper.

Donna, you see, is the unofficial grandma for all the kids in the neighborhood. She is the one who makes sure they are all OK, and bakes cookies and other treats for them.

Of course, the problem at the moment is Stay at Home and Social Distancing rules. But, she is still trying to do what she can for the neighborhood kids.

And, Mikayla was happy to find out that she made Donna’s day by putting up a colorful rainbow in the window.

So, I hope we all see the rainbow soon, the one that signals this coronavirus storm is over, and it is time to get back to normal life.

Although, I have to admit I might just miss this cushy 8 to 5 job.

Or maybe not.