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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-26-2020

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20 AT HOME MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION example, if I might need to hunker down indoors and/or if the stores might be forced to close or if supplies became scarce. Like I said, no hoarding, just basics, like a couple cans of spaghetti and meatballs, powdered milk, two or three cans of pasta sauce and a box or two of elbow macaroni, and extra flour and yeast to see me through should I run out of bread. I later added ramen noodles, a fresh jar of peanut butter since I was down to less than half a jar anyway, things like that. Oh, and a six-pack of toilet paper because you never know. Long story short, my emer- gency food supply now sits in three small plastic supermar- ket bags in the back hall right by the kitchen door. Also part of the same "long story short," upon the current recommendation of experts everywhere, I have placed myself in the "sheltering in place" mode. I am now pretty much safe- ly tucked away in my home. I have only ventured out into the world twice, both times at the crack of dawn when almost no one else was about, to pick up fresh milk, fresh fruit, and fresh meat while I still could, including the two boneless spare ribs I am look- ing forward to oven-barbecu- ing for dinner later today. I'm also glad now that I bought a box of disposable gloves a few months ago, because right now I wouldn't leave home without them. I put on a pair before I go and take them off when I return, and I keep a few spares in the car, too, just in case. It's all about keeping myself safe. Remember the whole "shovel- ready grandma" thing the Tea Party liked to talk about a few years back? Well I find myself in that dangerous age bracket now, but to tell you the truth, I'd prefer that the shovel not be deployed just yet. And yes, I am washing and washing my hands. I have a plentiful supply of Dial anti- bacterial bar soap to keep the germs at bay, and an indus- trial-size jug of Eucerin hand cream to help keep the skin smooth and healthy. Social animal that I am, liv- ing the life of a hermit takes some getting used to (hence the two early morning shop- ping runs). I am adjusting to life in the slow lane, but I don't know what I would do without my books. A book- worm all my life, I am enjoy- ing being able to lose myself in a book for hours on end, and fortunately, my supply at hand is unbelievably good. The day before lockdown I was at Barnes and Noble for my regular weekend browse and came home with three new books, two of which I have already read and passed along. I am now halfway through the one I was saving for dessert, a New York Times bestseller titled "The Giver of Stars," and I still have at least another dozen-and-a-half wait- ing in the wings. There have, of course, been a few disappointments along the way. The March 13 church- sponsored trip to the MGM Casino in Springfield, Mass., that my friend Terry and I had so been looking forward to, went on without either of us on board. A long ride on a packed bus just didn't seem at all prudent given the coro- navirus risk involved so we bagged it. Tickets to the much antici- pated new Broadway play, "Mrs. Doubtfire," on March 31 have also been a bust. All of Broadway has been shut down until at least April. We will no doubt see it at a later date, but still … And last but certainly not least, our trip to Normandy is now toast. It wasn't until June, but with all the uncertainty about the spread of the virus, and the international flight and all, after much thought we decided to cancel. We can always try again later. On a more serious note, please keep our health care people in your prayers. The storm that had been gathering since January (yes, dammit, January) has still not even crested yet, but because of ineptitude, inactivity, and criminal stupidity on the part of our federal government, our medical people have been put at grave risk, out there in the trenches doing battle without the basic equipment needed to keep themselves safe. Critical shortages of masks, gloves, gowns, and eye shields persist. With nowhere near enough test kits, they are working blind with no idea who the carriers even are. And with only a fraction of the ventilators projected to be needed, who knows what will happen to the patients they are trying to save. As a retired RN, I am deeply concerned. And on a personal level, I am terrified. My nephew Frank is an MD, his wife Jamie is an RN and they are both out there in the thick of it. Rhea Bouchard Powers is a writer from Cumberland. RHEA From Page 17 Books Are Wings announces online resources PAWTUCKET – With schools and many commu- nity resources closed, Book Are Wings announces the following support for fami- lies. • Books Are Wings has its own YouTube chan- nel, BAW YouTube, with two special resources on its "playlist" section. "Readalouds for Families" has 27 virtual stories read by authors and actors. "Storytimes" has prerecord- ed story times from libraries all over the country, many with movement and crafts. • National Geographic Kids has content for chil- dren from around the world including animal features, articles, games and videos, many of which include les- son plans or activities. Visit https://kids.nationalgeo- graphic.com . • Project Gutenberg has thousands of free down- loads of ebooks, and they have digitized many classic novels as well as children's books. Visit https://tinyurl. com/caeop3 . • Time for Kids has articles divided by grade level, from kindergarten to grade 6. The articles center on current events, and also have pop culture content. Visit www.timeforkids.com . • The Library of Congress has classic novels for free download, as well as author webcasts featuring diverse writers from Isabel Allende to Neil Gaiman. Visit http:// www.read.gov/kids . • ReadWorks offers tips for parents to support their chil- dren in distance and remote learning. Visit https://about. readworks.org/parents_ remote.html . answers Talk to Roger Bouchard or Jeff Gamache and plan your own show. One hour segments of radio time available for specialized talk or music segments. Programs can be Spanish, Italian or Greek. Programs can be jazz, blues, oldies or whatever. Use your imagination. Less expensive than you think. Your programs also stream on the internet at wnri.com Interested? Call and discuss the possibilities. 769-6925 News/Talk 1380/WNRI since 1954 WNRI/1380 Host your own Radio Show?

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