In my humble opinion

Home sweet home

By JONATHAN CHARLES FOX
Posted 4/14/20

Let’s face it, we’re all in the same boat. The majority of folks here in the Upper Delaware River region seem to be abiding by the stay-at-home edict that was issued a few weeks ago. …

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In my humble opinion

Home sweet home

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Let’s face it, we’re all in the same boat. The majority of folks here in the Upper Delaware River region seem to be abiding by the stay-at-home edict that was issued a few weeks ago. I’ve not left the house save for the occasional walk in the woods, keeping up with the pooch as she sniffs every nook and cranny of spring emerging around us during this surreal time in our lives. Everyone at The River Reporter has been working remotely from home, while publisher Laurie Stuart and all-around just-plain-amazing Amanda Reed have actually been in the office wearing multiple hats, acting as the glue that holds us all together. Like hundreds of businesses, we now have “virtual meetings” through the miracle of modern audio/visual technology.

So, there’s this internet meeting program thingy called Zoom which is but one of several ways folks can communicate with each other as a group. In doing so, coworkers and colleagues get a glimpse into each other’s surroundings, which can be both a blessing and a curse, depending on whether I’ve dusted that day. Staying visually in touch with friends and family from our phones, laptops and tablets makes it possible to have a virtual face-to-face visit, but again…

“What’s that behind you?” TRR’s Eileen Hennessy asked during a Zoom meeting, referring to one of the many curios displayed on a bookshelf in my living room that is decorated (for lack of a better word) in a style best described as “funky eclectic chic.” To be fair, I have a lot of stuff. A lot. “It’s cool because I always see something new when I come over,” gal-pal Laura Smith once said. “And I’m in your house quite a lot,” she added, laughing, “a lot.”

“You live with your grandmother?” someone else asked, taking it all in. “Um… no,” I responded haltingly. “I live alone. And all of this stuff is mine.” Glancing around the house, one thing is clear: boring, it’s not. Because of the current situation, I’ve realized how fortunate I am to have a roof over my head, in a beautiful (IMHO) home that I love. My aesthetic might not be for everybody, but for me and the Wonder Dog… be it ever so humble, it’s home sweet home.

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