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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A Couple of Thoughts Re Session 63 & 64 (Tuesday's Truths WK 182)


For this 182nd segment of my Tuesday's Truths series, I confess that (in the midst of this coronavirus  pandemic) it has been hard for me to focus on my projects, which I find distressing.

In terms of this blog, I had big goals set aside for 2020, which I mentioned at the onset of the new year, but now it seems I'm having a great struggle to think about anything but the impact of COVID-19. Like Earl, the dog featured in the Mutts comic strip atop this entry, I'm questioning how to clear my mind and focus on other mattes besides the #ClapBecauseWeCare tributes that I've participated in since two days after they began this past March.

The tributes and the reasoning behind them are very important and I'm glad to pay homage to these events and to the people for whom we do them, but I recognize, I must get back to focusing on my writing projects as time is marching on with out me.

Going forward re this blog, I hope to continue to draw attention to the #ClapBecauseWeCare efforts, but also get back to what I was trying to accomplish pre-COVId-19.

Having said, that, it will take a bit of time for me to switch gears, so, today's entry features moments from the 63rd (Monday June 1st) and 64th sessions (this evening June 2nd) sessions.


The 63rd session of #ClapBecauseWeCare took place last evening (Monday, June 1st 2020). In spite of the recent violent protests that have taken place re the senseless murder of George Floyd, people are still holding together in other forms of solidarity and #ClapBecauseWeCare events (tributes to first responders, healthcare professionals and essential workers who are keeping us safe during the pandemic) continue to take place. Last evening I only took a few pictures of participants. One is of a man who is a regular participant. He can be seen in picture atop this entry.

A few of the others from that event are featured in the next set of photos.

(He has taken a video of a session from his window.)

As for the 64th session of #ClapBecauseWeCare, it took place few hours ago (Tuesday, June 2nd 2020), I could hear a lot of clapping and cheering but I only took a few pictures of participants.

One is of a man who is a regular participant. He can be seen in the next picture atop this entry.


The other participant I photographed was Snooze, a cat who belongs to a couple (Giuseppe and Teresa) who participates in the tributes on a regular basis.

Snooze can be seen in the next series of images.

You may recognize her from prior entries here on Blogger and/or from my posts on my personal Facebook page, including one I published on April 24th 2020 in honor of National Poetry Month.

In any event, these sessions usually end at exactly 7:02 PM, so after it was over, I wanted to see how my 'hood had prepared for tonight's 8:00 PM curfew, set forth by our mayor because of all the violence, looting and destruction that took place in our city last night as a "response" to the murder of George Floyd (in Minnesota).

Wouldn't you know... just moments after our 'hoods tribute to first responders, healthcare professionals and essential workers, workmen and shopkeepers in the vicinity were boarding up all the storefronts (a few examples of this can be seen below...

... and some woman yelled at police-officers, saying, "Will you start shooting people when the curfew starts?"

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