Chronicling the Days – Jim Olwell

In April 2020, we invited writers in Quebec to submit a story of a single day during the strange, uneasy time of coronavirus and pandemic, of social distancing and self isolation, of lockdown and quarantine.

We’re thrilled to announce that these stories have been gathered in Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic (Guernica Press). To learn more and buy the book, please visit

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This piece is by Jim Olwell, writing in April, 2020.


I met a woman online and we exchanged very easily and appreciatively in writing for a week.

We seemed to be very attracted to each other.

We decided to meet in the Notre Dame des Neiges cemetery on the mountain yesterday, each taking our cars. Nobody was there.

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2 thoughts on “Chronicling the Days – Jim Olwell

  1. Maybe we should treat seniors more vulnerable to death as a kind of USA regime change, very obvious but never really quite “real” and never mentioned in “mainstream media”. I am sick to death of hearing how vulnerable I am – oh well, that’s reality, for now, isn’t it? Old age is not for sissies, someone said, and maybe a little romance (even in a cemetery) is just what the doctor ordered..why mask your feelings?


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