MarieTrout

Walking through the blues.

Covid-19 News Fatigue, Strategic Ambiguity, and Breaking Resolve

Posted on April, 18th 2020 by Marie

CThese days, social media lights up with claims that Covid-19 is a lie; that it is no worse than the flu; that social distancing measures are attempts at enforcing “socialism,” etc. Holding tension between our thoughts, feelings, and our actions (or lack of ability to act) in times of such uncertainty is extremely difficult. It ...

Hope and Renewal April 2020 Style

Posted on April, 14th 2020 by Marie

At this time of year, major religions offer stories about overcoming obstacles, pain and death. They have rites that make it possible to come together as a community to celebrate a spirit of hope and renewal. Through thousands of years, before our major religions appeared on the scene, people celebrated spring. They looked forward to ...

We are Fighting Coronavirus – but is it War?

Posted on April, 12th 2020 by Marie

Some have likened the coronavirus pandemic to war. And yes, city, state, national, and international leadership must respond, protect citizens, and activate production of needed equipment. Still, comparing fighting a pandemic to war is, as we Danes say, galimatias — it is gobbledygook and makes no sense. A war has a tangible enemy based on ...

Live Music is an Essential Service— Five Reasons We Feel on Hold Until the Music Returns

Posted on April, 9th 2020 by Marie

Marie Trout  Apr 7 · 5 min read Music has been essential to human wellbeing, togetherness, and strength since long before recorded history began. Live music is therapy, it is joy. Music runs like blood in the veins of humanity. The making and use of musical instruments date back at least 42,000 years. For an equally long time, practices involving ...

A Flexible or Certain Approach As we Face the Unknown?

Posted on April, 3rd 2020 by Marie

While browsing social media yesterday, I read a statement about our current predicament. It can be summed up as follows: “I don’t care if three million people in the US die, I just want to get on with it. Social distancing kills the economy.” People who make such statements often start sentences with things like: ...

Society Hits the Pause Button – Is it Time to Redefine the Meaning of Work?

Posted on April, 1st 2020 by Marie

Unemployment numbers are rising. This trend will continue for the foreseeable future. It is painful and stressful. It is scary. Many of us wake up in the middle of the night with our minds racing about how we will be able to meet our financial responsibilities. For many of us, this is not a new ...

Polarization and Distrust — A One-Two Punch to Morale

Posted on March, 30th 2020 by Marie

Marie TroutMar 29 · 3 min read Underlying our predicament at the moment, is the fact that as before we had to self-isolate, we were already isolated in groups that are deeply suspicious of each other. It is difficult to find common purpose and pull together as a group, when we for years have been telling ourselves and ...

Incubation Blues — Day 9 of the Shutdown

Posted on March, 30th 2020 by Marie

Marie TroutMar 28 · 3 min read It is as if time crawled for the first seven days. Each day felt like a month. As this new, restricted way of life becomes reality, the days are coming a bit faster. Life settles into a new routine. Dealing with the loss of used-to-be is still right there under the ...

How to Survive the News during a Pandemic

Posted on March, 30th 2020 by Marie

Marie TroutMar 27 · 3 min read These days, when I watch the news, I often end up feeling emotionally charged. I feel powerless and confused. I feel tribal, overwhelmed, fearful, alone, and depressed. I feel sold to. I don’t know who to believe, what to think, and what to do. All commercial or cable news programs are ...

Incubation Blues — Day 7 of the Shutdown

Posted on March, 30th 2020 by Marie

Marie TroutMar 26 · 2 min read It is like a scream in my throat that I cannot let out. WHEN WILL THIS END? Each day, I see it getting worse and worse. More people are dying. It is clear that it is not going to end any time soon.This morning, I realized that this whole COVID-19 experience ...

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