This is a group blog chronicling our new lives in the Twin Cities in the time of coronavirus social dis­tancing, quar­antine, working from home, and distance learning.

Would you like to add your voice to those of your neighbors who share notes here on how their lives are going in this suddenly tumultuous time?

Of Immunity and Genetics

One of SARS-CoV-2’s deepest mysteries is why it hits some people extremely hard and spares others completely. Researchers are gathering evidence on a theory that immune deficiencies based on genetics may underlie some of Covid-19’s un­pre­dict­able impact. Jean-Laurent Casanova, M.D., Continue reading →


Pfizer and Moderna Phase IIIs

Yesterday two of the four farthest-along candidates for a Covid-19 vaccine announced Phase III trials for safety and efficacy. Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna will each enroll 30,000 test subjects, ages 18–85, in the US. Pfizer / BioNTech candidate BNT162b2: Continue reading →

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Garden of Stillness

These days I see few people. I spend much of each day in my gardens. There is weeding and transplanting, watering and staking to be done. Also picking off the Japanese beetles of which, unlike other years, there is only Continue reading →


To the Quiet Born

Sometimes it surprises me how easy this stay-at-home time has been for Keith and me. I realize that much in my past has contributed to the ease: over the years, I’ve learned to live self-suficiently in quiet. I grew up Continue reading →


A Pandemic Hobby

As the pandemic rolls on, I am developing a hobby that will likely stay with me long after this is all over. These days, I have the time to notice things. A couple of weeks ago I noticed several juicy Continue reading →