Chronicling the Days – Carole Thorpe

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 Carole Thorpe, writing on April 20, 2020.

Susanna Moodie & family in Belleville, Ontario.
Photo: The Canada Site

Pandemic Blues.

The distance between my Lenovo Ideapad and Samsung smartphone. South window with African Violet. Over Easter weekend, one solitary purple bloom. After Easter Monday, the bloom drooped, withered. I pinched it off, placed it in a blue-purple glass bowl that I made in Calgary, where I worked as a glassblower for many years.

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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