Chronicling the Days – Denise Duguay

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 Denise Duguay, writing on Tuesday, 7 April 2020.

Photo: Denise Duguay

COVID, Cruiser Cars, the Moon and Me.

I am standing in the semi-dark on the back trail that swings wide of the lookout on Mount Royal, the little-used back trail to keep my distance, self-distancing. I have forgotten my mask, but that’s not why. I am still in a fit of pique at having read that I face a $1,000 fine if I’m found walking with anyone I don’t live with, even six feet apart; so another month at least of COVID quarantining and not even a walk with a friend.

To read the rest of the story, please support our community and check out Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic

One thought on “Chronicling the Days – Denise Duguay

  1. one should be able to go where one wants when one is all alone!Hello? Keep on writing and “righting”Denise!!.


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