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Strange Happenings in April (Social Distancing Edition)

The abundance of free time many of us have found ourselves with has in a way, created a strange new pressure. We should be making the most of our newfound leisure time, shouldn’t we?

But many experts caution against throwing ourselves into too many activities at once. This extra spare time comes at the cost of life as we knew it, and there is nothing wrong with taking time to rest, process, and feel grief for the way life was.

No matter how you choose to spend the time this month, whether it’s starting a new hobby or binging twelve seasons of a show you’ve never watched, create a new routine for yourself, and find things to look forward to. I’ve got a whole list of possibilities below, let me know if you have any I can add!

April 1st

Start of National Poetry Writing Month! If you have ever wanted to try writing poetry, today is the perfect day to start! Visit the NaPoWriMo site daily for featured poets, prompts, and the poetry posted by other participating poets.

April 3rd

Tales From the Loop premiers on Amazon Prime

April 5th

World on Fire premiers on PBS. Helen Hunt and Sean Bean star in this sweeping historical drama that follows the intertwined lives of ordinary civilians from Britain, Poland, France, and Germany, during World War II. The series traces the fates of several families from 1939-1940, from the Nazi invasion of Poland to the fall of Paris and beyond. Each of the characters are from different backgrounds and countries, and play different roles in the war, but are ultimately united by their struggle to survive in difficult circumstances.

April 6th

Debut of Quibo streaming service.

April 7th

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix on shelves. Described as “Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula,” I can’t wait to read it.

April 8th

This month’s full Moon is also a super moon.

April 21st

Velocity by Kathe Koja on shelves. If you not in the mood for a full length book, try horror master Kathe Koja’s new anthology of short stories.

April 22

Peak of the Lyrid meteor shower, first meteor shower of the year.

April 23rd

The Wise Friend by Ramsey Campbell on shelves. Bram Stoker Award-winning author Ramsey Campbell returns this year with a tale of slow-burn occult terror.

April 28th

Venus appears at its brightest right after sunset

Other Social Distancing Activities:

Sign up for free access to the National Emergency Library.

Check out the 6,000+ historical children’s books in the University of Florida’s digital collection for free.

If you’ve never seen a Cirque Du Soleil production or missed your chance in 1999 to see Hugh Jackman star in Oklahoma!,check out Filmed on Stage’s archives of recorded theater performances.

Try your hand at designing an 18th century powdered wig with this digital tool. You create the shape, add accessories, and finish with colored powder.

Audit a course for free with Choose from a broad range of subjects in everything from business to the arts. Download the user friendly app for smartphones and tablets.

Enroll in Yale’s most popular course, The Science of Well-being for free.

Join for a kid friendly cooking class everyday at 1pm. Each class remains up for streaming for 24 hours.

Need a sports fix? Red Bull’s website and app are loaded with mountain biking, snowboarding, and other fringe sports events.

A free month trial of CBS All Access might be just enough time to binge all ten episodes of Picard.

Comment below if you have something to add to the list!

1 Comment

  1. So, for a couple of days, I had extra time, but now I’m working full days (alone in a library) and when I get home, my kids want to hang out. I find I have less time to myself than in ‘normal times.’


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