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Being watched is unmistakable once you get to know the feeling—even in a Pikachu mask. (Photo courtesy of Kyle V. Hiller.)
Being watched is unmistakable once you get to know the feeling—even in a Pikachu mask. (Photo courtesy of Kyle V. Hiller.)

Who will be able to return to normalcy once quarantine is over?

When it hurts to feel safe at home

As states reopen before the coronavirus is contained, Kyle V. Hiller considers how a stressful Sunday stroll served as a preview of what life will be like post-quarantine.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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Is it possible to quarantine while on vacation? (Image via Pixabay.)
Is it possible to quarantine while on vacation? (Image via Pixabay.)

I thought we were in this together. If others are ending quarantine, why not follow?

You’re going where?

Our #FlattenTheCurve quarantine was hard enough when solidarity abounded and we stayed home together. But how does it feel when others decide to start venturing out? Alaina Johns is anxious.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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The Ralph Brooks Park Project by Steve Powers, a Mural Arts project, feels especially timely. (Photo by Kyle V. Hiller.)
The Ralph Brooks Park Project by Steve Powers, a Mural Arts project, feels especially timely. (Photo by Kyle V. Hiller.)

For Philly arts to survive beyond 2020, we need some positive pessimism

This is not a mutiny

In the face of a proposal to kill Philly’s office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Kyle V. Hiller says positive pessimism will help the arts bounce back.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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Is City Hall about to say goodnight to arts and culture in Philly? (Photo by Alaina Johns.)
Is City Hall about to say goodnight to arts and culture in Philly? (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Will we let the City of Philadelphia defund the arts because of the pandemic?

Not a cut. A collapse.

Last week Mayor Jim Kenney released a proposed 2021 budget, revised for life during and after the pandemic. It would eliminate the city’s arts office.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Here is the approximate number of emails I receive in an average workday. (Photo by BanduG via Wikimedia Commons.)
Here is the approximate number of emails I receive in an average workday. (Photo by BanduG via Wikimedia Commons.)

Before we cancel in-person meetings forever, can we make email less annoying?

Sins of the inbox

Some people are exclaiming about the benefits of canceled meetings—but if that means even more emails than before, Alaina Johns isn’t ready.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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The Delaware river could creep into the edges of our city within our lifetime, but we can help prevent that, beginning today. (Photo by Kyle V. Hiller.)
The Delaware river could creep into the edges of our city within our lifetime, but we can help prevent that, beginning today. (Photo by Kyle V. Hiller.)

Especially in Philly, don't ignore the storm brewing around a global pandemic

Nice weather we’re not having

Kyle V. Hiller, once an aspiring meteorologist, spends Earth Day considering how climate change is directly linked to COVID-19 and the economic crash.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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There's a cloth napkin wrapped around my face, but I still need to speak up. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)
There's a cloth napkin wrapped around my face, but I still need to speak up. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Four things we should be allowed to say about life in COVID-19 lockdown

Lifting quarantine taboos

Everywhere you look, there are inspirational tips for life in quarantine, and hopes that we’ll emerge from this better than we were. But there are few things Alaina Johns wishes more people would say.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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I’ll miss working at Neighborhood House, its community, and all the fantastic theater performances it’s hosted. (Photo courtesy of Christ Church Neighborhood House.)
I’ll miss working at Neighborhood House, its community, and all the fantastic theater performances it’s hosted. (Photo courtesy of Christ Church Neighborhood House.)

Staying at home during the pandemic is just a start. What’s next?

Seeds in the streams

With a global pandemic threatening the survival of many arts communities in Philadelphia and around the world, Kyle V. Hiller considers what’s coming after the shouts to stay at home.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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Isolation breakfasts. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)
Isolation breakfasts. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Living in isolation with the family you chose on Craigslist

Roommates in quarantine

When forming a household, whether it’s you and your pets and plants, a partner and kids, or roommates, nobody (including Alaina Johns) thought about what we’d do if we had to stay home together through a pandemic.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Never would’ve thought meeting the hosts of video-game talk show ‘Game Scoop’ would be some of the last human contact I’d have for a long time. (Photo by Kyle V. Hiller.)
Never would’ve thought meeting the hosts of video-game talk show ‘Game Scoop’ would be some of the last human contact I’d have for a long time. (Photo by Kyle V. Hiller.)

While coronavirus strands us at home, revisiting anime fights the loneliness

Living in the end times—again

In the midst of a pandemic that’s got us on lockdown, how do we handle isolation and anxiety? Kyle V. Hiller considers a series of films that might have the answers.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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