Jim, Sushmi, and Tamara tell their covid19 stories

Episode 18: Yoga Breathing in Minnesota, a Taste of Retirement on the Mississippi River, and an Internet Friend/Stranger in Florida — Sushmi, Jim, and Tamára

You and Me and Everyone We Know is an audio diary made by everyday people living through the Covid-19 pandemic, and in today’s episode, we are led through a breathing exercise from a yoga teacher in Minnesota. Plus we hear from the founder of a home-remodeling company getting a taste of retirement during the pandemic. And I talk for the first time to a friend I made online ten years ago. Press play below to listen to the latest episode (or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, and Stitcher): (If you received this through email, tap here to listen.) In the first part of…

Strangers Holding Hands (or What to Do When Happy Hour Isn’t Enough)

If you have a friend who you know loves meeting new people, a ‘yes’ person, a friend who will disregard decorum for a good story, and if this friend is meeting you for a Thursday afternoon happy hour, then I suggest you scrap your bar chatting plans for something else entirely. My friend, Kady Hexum, is easily one of the most outgoing people on the planet. And earlier this summer I suggested that we change our happy hour plans and meet near a park. There we would introduce ourselves to strangers so that I could take pictures of her holding…

stranger’s home

(Mom, don’t freak out.) I found a friend on the internet.   Well, Kelly and I found a friend on the internet, through Couch Surfing.  I am, some would say, late on the trend, and while I prefer to stay with an established friend, or heck, even a friend-of-a-friend, the lure of free accomodation and the chance to make a Turkish aquaintance hooked me.  And here I am, typing on his Sava roomate’s computer. Last night, our new friend and his (now our other turkish) friend walked around Istanbul, hopped on rocks by the sea in a wealthy neighborhood where a…