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Sitting in the prison of your making

by Kim Latreille

April 13, 2020

That’s Random

Sitting in the prison of your making

Four more weeks of self-isolation? Let’s try to keep sane. Read, create, sing, share, and most importantly, talk to each other. That was why the telephone was invented, it connects us emotionally.

My goodness, wasn’t this isolation a bit of a surprise?

Okay, I know, to some it wasn’t a surprise. Have you seen the Bill Gates TEDx where he talks about how only a virus could have a more tragic impact globally than terrorism, online sabotage, or perhaps even addiction? Or the lines from the Eyes of Darkness by Dean Koontz where the writer literally predicts a global pandemic virus in the year 2020? It’s there, on page 312.

All that said, at Femke, we’re pressing on (pun intended) the only way we can.

By apologizing for our situation as publishers, writers, and journalists, being as transparent as possible about how difficult it is to publish under the current circumstances and still provide our readership with real, honest, and fact-checked journalism that promotes creativity and artistry.

We are committing to online, but we’re not losing sight of what our first love is. Holding things in our hands, creating things, and sharing them with our audiences.

The time couldn’t be better than now, actually.

How many of us are relying on the internet, streaming, music, social media, and all of our collective ability to stay connected and be creative to stay sane during this global time of pandemic and isolation? Maybe all of us!

We hope you are doing okay, sitting in the prison of your own making. Admittedly, despite the obvious requirement for us to take the distancing restrictions seriously, does feel lonesome, unnatural even, and that is not something to take lightly.

How about let’s try something together? Reach out and touch someone.

That was the tagline from 1978 until 1992 for AT&T, the U.S. telephone service company. The accompanying jingle was heard in their television commercials advertising the company in the 1980s. It quickly became a hit. The idea behind it? AT&T promoted talking to each other on the phone.

We’re staying in. Yes, it sucks, but we all have to dig in for the sake of preserving the very same people and things we are missing right now. Things like the sounds of our friends’ voices.

Read, create, sing, share, and most importantly, talk to each other. That was why the telephone was invented, it connects us emotionally.


1 comment

  • Perfect timing Femke! Thank you.

    Alyssa Mary Saturley on

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