Finding Beauty Despite the Virus

Finding Beauty Despite the Virus
After being bombarded with ever-darker news headlines, I was determined to submit an uplifting column. It wasn't an easy task for me. I've battled depression most of my life, and past experience has taught me that exercise and socialization are my two most effective therapies. Given social isolation restrictions and a pulled hip muscle that resulted from attempting the Lotus pose, I've been denied both of them this week.  As a substitute for socializing, I’m so grateful for my iPhone and the group of friends who text me each day and share my sense of humor. It’s not as good as being together, but at least it’s a link to other people. We’ve been exchanging snapshots of mundane things we normally wouldn’t look at twice. Adding fun captions or comments can keep us occupied for the remainder of the day. I'm fortunate to be married to a gardener who specializes in rare tropical plants native to Borneo, called vireyas. My most frequent contribution to our texting marathon is a photo of that day's “bloomers." I must admit to sometimes taking them for granted, but the reaction from others always renews my appreciation. Here are some examples:  Here's my point: E
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