Silver Linings

Silver Lining has all the posts related to a column Jill started writing daily, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It is looking at how life changes under our new rules–and finding at least one thing positive, every day, in the upheaval.   It’s been very well received by those who have been following it.  As one reader says, “Reading your column of ‘silver linings’ has become one of my ‘silver linings’!  Thank you for writing this!”‘

Other blog topics include: 

  • DAIRY DREAMING is directly related to agriculture, particularly dairying.  It talks about international ag experiences, dairy worker possible legislation in the USA, visas, dairy experiences and things dairy producers might find interesting. 
  • EXCHANGE EXTRAS.  This is a special look into the high school exchange students’ fun while in the USA.  
  • EDUCATION MATTERS.  This more traditional column looks at family life, with a particular emphasis on how education shapes us all.
  • BEAUTY OF THE DAY.  Since 2015, Jill has searched for something beautiful every day, and then posted it to social media.  (Follow Global Cow on Instagram to see them–or subscribe to receive them daily.)   

Persistence

Persistence

Have you noticed this?  People are not as willing to take “no” for an answer anymore.  Over the last year, we’ve learned how to be more creative with everything.  Can’t go into work?  Bring work home.  Can’t attend a meeting in person? ...

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Flexibility

Flexibility

Prior to quarantining and nearly everyone working from home, if you wanted to serve on a board or support a civic group, you went out at night to meetings. Meetings were the thing that stopped folks from volunteering.  “I don’t have time” was a common refrain—as...

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It’s the Little Things

It’s the Little Things

I just got off the phone with mother… and boy, what a difference a month makes in her outlook on life!  In the past month, she’s finished her vaccinations.  She’s returned to some of her monthly meetings and groups.  They are planning together for...

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Savoring

Savoring

Before COVID, I think I didn’t so much “act” as I “reacted”.  There was so much going on, and I ran from event to event.  I was always thinking ahead to the next thing on the calendar, making sure that I had things lined up and ready.  Sometimes, it...

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Vaccination Friends

Vaccination Friends

It seems impossible, from a pure numbers point of view, but somehow today is vaccination day for myself—and three friends.  Even stranger, for our little state, we four are assigned to three different locations, and we’ll get at least two different types of...

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Easter Zoom

Easter Zoom

Back at Thanksgiving, you might remember that I set up a family Zoom call.  It went so well, I was inspired to pull it together for Easter.  During our hour and a half conversation last night, we heard news—and saw video feed—from relatives in Vermont,...

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Because We Can!

Because We Can!

Today was “doggie gathering day” for the weekend.  Because it is Easter weekend, I thought everyone might be too busy.  I started by just asking one friend, the closest neighbor, if our dogs might get together.  She thought at least one other friend...

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Thinking Ahead

Thinking Ahead

The local high school emailed a link to an online survey today—which follows a different link they sent out a week or two ago. In both cases, they are asking parents about continuing some new practices they have started during COVID.  The first was about...

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Lacrosse Returns

Lacrosse Returns

The evening has been filled with Zoom call after Zoom call, but one of them makes me feel particularly happy:  the girls’ lacrosse team organizational meeting.  Last year’s lack of spring sports, especially lacrosse, felt particularly sad.  The varsity...

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