Goodbye COVID-19!

for my mother who survived the virus

By J.S. Porter

Good riddance. May I never see you again.

When you struck hard in the spring of 2020, I did the only thing I knew how to do – I wrote.

I wrote letters to my local newspaper, The Hamilton Spectator, seven in total, on:

Music
Reading
Lists
Questions
Intimacy
Trust
and Gratitude

Here are my word offerings, in no particular order. I wrote them with gratitude in my heart for Frontline Workers, Nurses, Doctors and Personal Support Workers everywhere. This time next year I hope you, heartless Covid-19, are a distant memory.

Treasuring the intimacy of reading | TheSpec.com

2020-04-11 · By J.SPorter. Sat., April 11, 2020 … You can read people, situations, emotions, clues, screens, paintings — all manner of things. My preference is to read books, the physical object you can …

Do you have any questions? | TheSpec.com – Hamilton News

2020-04-20 · Sometimes questions lead you to love — the ones whom you love and the ones who love you. J.S. Porter lives and writes in Hamilton.

Making lists to dream with and be comforted by | TheSpec.com

2020-03-28 · From grocery lists to bucket lists, they can help us keep perspective in times of crisis, writes J.SPorter

What do we do about trust? | TheSpec.com – Hamilton News

2020-05-12 · Do we trust the like-minded few or do we extend trust more broadly, asks writer J.SPorter

Embracing gratitude in challenging times | TheSpec.com

2020-05-29 · The first is a German film entitled “Wings of Desire” directed by Wim Wenders. The film places angels in the postwar city of Berlin, perched like giant birds atop bridges, monuments and ..

Comfort in the time of COVID-19: Some … – Hamilton News

2020-03-23 · By J.S. Porter Tue., March 24, 2020 timer 3 min. read “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there lay within me an invincible summer” – Albert Camus These are difficult, troubling,…

The many and varied shades of intimacy | TheSpec.com

2020-05-04 · By J.SPorter Mon., May 4, 2020 timer 4 min. read In his essay “The Future of Intimacy,” Torontonian Mark Kingwell informs us that our word “intimacy” derives from the Latin intimus …

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