Author: L. Stevens

5 New Traditions to Start This Summer

Here in Charlotte the stay at home order has been lifted, but there are still many things that I used to enjoy each summer that either haven’t reopened, or I’m just not comfortable doing yet. So instead of wallowing, I’ve come up with a new list of traditions to look forward too. This summer may be different than last year, but there are still ways to enjoy it. 1. Visit specialty stores and try a new food I’m using the phrase speciality store loosely. Farms, bakeries, ice cream shops, a Korean grocery store, any small business selling food. Make a habit of visiting (or ordering online from) a few you’ve never been inside before, and try something new. You might discover a new favorite food, and if your a writer, unexpected inspiration from owners and other patrons. Given the recent events in the news, now is an especially good time to search out and support black owned businesses in your community. The first new place my husband and I are testing out is a dairy …

Hanging On

Last Thursday my office was cleared out due to a report that a worker had tested positive for Covid-19 on the floor that I work on. This forced me to relocate to another office in the middle of the day, leaving me upset and out of sorts. It was upsetting, but spotting this little guy while leaving at the end of the day cheered me up. It felt like a little sight from the universe to just hang in there.

Strange Happenings in June

June 4th Mercury at greatest elongation. The best time to spot the smallest planet at its brightest is just after sunset. National Theater At Home streams the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston in the title role. Free to stream on YouTube until June 11th. June 5th Full Moon June 12th Netflix’s new drama The Woods available for streaming. Evidence found on the body of a homicide victim sparks hope in a prosecutor that his sister who disappeared 25 years earlier could still be alive. National Peanut Butter Cookie Day June 16th Max Brooks Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainer Sasquatch Massacre on shelves. From the publisher: The #1 bestselling author of World War Z returns with a horror tale that blurs the lines between human and beast, and asks, What are we capable of when we’re cut off from society? June 20th Summer Soltice June 23rd Ottessa Moshfegh’s Death in Her Hands on shelves. From the publisher: While on her daily walk with her dog in a secluded woods, a woman …