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Pictures From a Pandemic

I was able to get out during some terrific weather yesterday morning and took a few photographs of what is going on in my neighborhood. I started with the businesses closest to my home. Grandview Avenue sometime soon.

My basic goal was to document what is happening here in Columbus, Ohio from someone who is practicing social distancing. Many restaurants are open for carry out, however one of my favorites is not. Some businesses have signs on their doors with a Covid-19 statement, others appear as they closed one evening and never came back. Landscapers are working, bus drivers are driving, and the USPS and delivery drivers are out in full force.

The consignment shops are closed, but the paint store is open. And don’t forget your beer and chocolate.

A lot of people were out when I got to Triangle Park, but it appears everyone is at least trying to practice social distancing. I also understand this is a challenge, so definitely give people the benefit of the doubt when you are out and about.

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Creating

Great Job, Keep Going

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I’ve lived on the Columbus Marathon route for many years, and although I don’t get out to cheer every year, it is something I enjoy doing. I believe by the time the runners are making their way past me, appropriately clothed with warm beverages and a chair, they have already run 21 miles.

I often hear people cheer “you’re almost there!” In mile 22, “almost there” is still quite a few miles away. Although my career as a distance runner was short and slow, I feel that I owe the dedicated marathoners a little more than an “almost there.”

Great Job, Keep Going

I do a lot of clapping, often the only person on my side of the street, right before a water station. But I also like to shout out for a runner to hear what I hope will help them to the finish. Great job (you’ve come this far, you’ve trained, you showed up, you are running the race), Keep Going (you still have a ways to go, but you can do it!).

There is no way to train for a pandemic. And there is no app for your phone that tells you where you should be at this moment. But you are doing it. You are doing what you can, making do, and hopefully making memories. But we still have a little ways to go.

I made this coloring page to hang in your window to cheer for your friends and neighbors, and maybe even a little positive self talk for myself.

Great Job, Keep Going!

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Creating

Thank You Coloring Page

I have witnessed and been the recipient of some amazing acts of kindness over the last several weeks. I’m sure you have too. Here is a coloring page to color and send to someone who has been kind to you.

We are in this crazy pandemic/social distancing/shelter in place thing together. I hope everyone is staying home and staying healthy as much as possible.

Thank You Coloring Page

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Creating

Social Distancing Coloring Page

I really hope you are all practicing you physical social distancing as much as possible. Some of you are still working I’m sure, while others are wondering what the next weeks will bring for you and your family.

Make sure to let your loved ones know you are thinking of them. Print and color this page to tell friends, colleagues, grandparents, and teachers you miss them.

Remember dry media such as crayons and colored pencils work best on ink jet printed coloring pages. Some pens and markers may cause the ink to smear.

Social Distancing Coloring Page

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Creating

Free Coloring Page

I both love to color, and draw pages for other people to color. Last night I whipped up a quick page for you as the reality of social isolation sets in. We are going to get bored, we are going to get anxious, we are going to argue with our children/spouse/neighbor/pet.

Take some quiet time out, this pages includes two copies of the same page, so you can print it, keep one for yourself and share the other.

The best media for these coloring pages is dry such as colored pencils, and crayons. Some markers may make your inkjet printed coloring page bleed.