Chronicling the Days – Jonathan Kaplansky

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 Jonathan Kaplansky, writing on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

The day begins as any other. I can see from the light behind the blind that it must be going on seven. The sun is shining, which augurs a good day for me.

Meditation, exercises, music, coffee.

The computer. Check email. Facebook. Ensure there are no work priorities, but they often come in unexpectedly, and I have to answer right away that I’ll take the job, usually responding within the hour.

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

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