• Read a few of those books you bought or borrowed. If you’re not into it in the first 50 pages, skim it, call it good, move on.

• Share books with neighbors.

• Lend a (clean) hand where hands are needed.

• Google “Free online classes” and learn something new. Mythology, Photoshop, finance, you get the idea.

• Take a walk.

• Bake or make something for your neighbors, along with a note saying you can help (if you can).

• Most local gyms are offering free or reduced-rate online classes. It’s a good time to check out another gym or discipline, like yoga.

• Clean out your closets or garage. Seriously, just do it. The amount of time you’ve spent agonizing about the project is 10 times bigger than the project itself.

• Text or email — or even call! — that friend about whom you always say, “I miss [that friend]. I should make more of an effort.” Now’s the time to make that effort.

• Call your parents, your grandparents or favorite aunt and uncle.

• Watch Jim Gaffigan stand-up with your kids. For reals.

• Organize your usernames and passwords. It’s time to level up from sticky notes all over the house.

• MacGyver a meal with the stuff in the back of your cupboard. Make good on the promise you made to yourself to soak and eat all those lentils.

• There’s some good podcasts out there, if you can wade through a zillion to find one. Try NPR’s Hidden Brain and Brains On for kids. Didn’t you ever listen to Serial when it came out?

• Watch 10 of the TikToks your kids have made. I dare you.

• Engage in a civic duty. Write your congressperson or legislator or state or local organization.

• Write to a nonprofit you admire and relay your appreciation.

• Listen to Storyline Online (actors read to you).

• Take your kids to the grocery store to show them how to be mellow and pragmatic. Be kind to others and workers.

• Do your best. Everyone is struggling. When in doubt, take a nap.

Whitney Royster via 732-7062 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

(1) comment

Linda Case

Telling people to take their kids to the grocery store seems mighty irresponsible at this time.

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