Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Sixty Two

red-tailed tropicbird curiousTen years ago, I attended a writing workshop with the poet Kim Stafford. One writing prompt he assigned was this: Make a list about the things you’ve learned this week.

Apparently, here’s what I learned that week:

  1. Whales sing underwater.
  2. Bob G. was a United pilot for 40 years.
  3. Golf carts get stuck in the mud.
  4. Quiet husbands know you better than you think.
  5. Some best friends don’t speak to each other.
  6. Simple questions lead to long answers.
  7. People like to tell their own stories.
  8. My hamstrings are not flexible.
  9. Some mothers are enablers.
  10. Pipping albatross can take days to emerge from their shells.
  11. I won a president’s volunteer service award.
  12. Molting monk seals look like logs.
  13. You can ask for more money and get it.
  14. There is an age when “old” turns into “adorable.”
  15. Humpback whales are not the gentle giants of the sea we think they are.
  16. Male whales draw blood to be number one on her dance card.
  17. There is never one right answer.
  18. Waterproof rain jackets do not keep you dry.
  19. Red-tail tropicbirds return to Kauai in February.
  20. Some people actually like the rain.

Don’t try to read too much into these. I cannot remember the inciting incident behind many of them. Interesting, though, how I’m still writing about many of the same things 10 years later. What about you? What did you learn this week?

Yes, I got waylaid today, so I had to dig something up from the past.


Hawaii added four to the statewide caseload, now totaling 647 COVID-19 cases. The two-week quarantine for travelers arriving in Hawaii was extended to June 30, 2020.

Be well.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. #14: Please tell me what age that is…asking for a friend!🤪


    1. Kim Steutermann Rogers says:

      For the record, you are not adorable. I guess that leaves…. 😉


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