Despite the fact that’s no longer spring, but late summer, Facebook Live and Zoom have flourished and bloomed, tapping deep roots as we social distance in COVID-culture.


The extent of COVID has broadened, deepened, and widened, causing new downturns in vaster segments of the economy and the brave people of this new world. It seems that American businesses, as well as citizens, have acclimated to the need to reach out via computer monitors to the masses. Consider these new uses of social media’s array of tools:

  • Several of my writers’ groups, including Southern California Writers Group, Californian Writers Club
  • our church and Bible study, complete with a tab for online giving as virtual collection plate, and communion with proper prayers
  • the Pacific Symphony
  • Tauck Tours
  • Interviews with famed writers, including Michael Connolly or Joe Ide… the list goes on and on.
  • and, our personal favorite was the new Rover adventure to Mars, to be launched soon ( my husband and I are ‘space nuts’) You, oo, can watch, listen, and learn about NASA’s new boon to space knowledge:

Conversation and Community maintained by technologies superior to basic FaceBook, which has become a decidedly naughty political realm.

Perhaps it’s a ruse to refresh their member email lists for future events when we no longer live in a COVID Culture, but I don’t care. If my husband and I can’t go out to embrace the public and meet-up with our friends, we can Zoom (or FaceTime).

It’s a reason to apply make-up, fuss with my hair, and dress well – from the waist up. I feel less disconnected while I maintain the necessary social distance. I’ve flourished, been nourished, and care more for self and others while I remain true to the perameters of COVID homestay.

Nevertheless, sometimes I feel over-zoomed.

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