Recommended Reads, Videos, Resources | Week of March 23

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The weekend is over and it’s back to our working situation this Monday. We’re here with a list of recommended online reads, instructional videos, resources and some (much-needed) moments of levity.

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Bill Ingalls/NASA. Scott Kelly inside a Soyuz simulator at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, in preparation for travel to the International Space Station.

I Spent a Year in Space, and I Have Tips on Isolation to Share

By Scott Kelly / The New York Times

Take it from someone who couldn’t: go outside.


(Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP)

This Is How We Can Beat the Coronavirus

By Aaron E. Carroll, Ashish Jha / The Atlantic

While many watched the coronavirus spread across the globe with disinterest for months, in the past week, most of us have finally realized it will disrupt our way of life. A recent analysis from Imperial College is now making some Americans, including many experts, panic. The report projects that 2.2 million people could die in the United States. But the analysis also provides reason for hope—suggesting a path forward to avoid the worst outcomes.

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Illustration by Sullivan Brown

We’ll Be Different on the Other Side

By Megan Mayhew Bergman / Forge

How is Coronavirus changing our generation?


“Kinky Boots” and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” are both available. / Getty

The 10 best Broadway shows you can stream for free online while self-isolating

By Rachel Hosie / INSIDER

BroadwayHD is a theater-streaming service allowing people to watch performances from Broadway and the West End from the comfort of their own homes. It’s currently offering a seven-day free trial, perfect for people self-isolating amid the coronavirus epidemic.

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Instagram Launches ‘Stay Home’ Sticker and Story to Encourage Social Distancing Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

By Andrew Hutchinson / Social Media Today

I’m not sure how effective Instagram’s cause-related stickers are, but it certainly seems keen on releasing them, which would likely suggest that they’re at least somewhat effective. This week, Instagram has launched a new ‘Stay Home’ sticker for Instagram Stories in order to encourage people to stay inside amid the evolving COVID-19 outbreak.


Lunch Doodles with Mo Willem

Mo Willem / YouTube

Mo Willem is  is an American writer, animator, voice actor, and creator of children’s books, as well as the Kennedy Center Artist-in-Residence. “When I became the Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence, I didn’t realize the most impactful word in that title would be ‘Residence.’ With millions of learners attempting to grow and educate themselves in new circumstances, I have decided to invite everyone into my studio once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons. We are going to doodle together and explore ways of writing and making.”

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Audible Is Now Offering Free Audiobooks for Kids Stuck at Home

By Leah Asmelash / CNN

As schools and workplaces close due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving many parents at home with their kids all day, Amazon has offered a small reprieve. Starting Saturday, audiobook service Audible — which is owned by Amazon — is offering free streams on a select number of children’s stories across six languages to keep kids “dreaming, learning, and just being kids,” its website said. The service will be available for as long as schools are closed, it said.

Johnette Downing

Local musician, singer and author Johnette Downing’s site includes live videos, activity packets and more for restless kids (and restless parents) to enjoy during social distancing.
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Virtual Arts Market from Arts Market New Orleans

In lieu of Saturday, March 28th’s Arts Market New Orleans in Palmer Park, we are hosting the event online via #virtualartsmarket. Stay tuned for more updates on our Saturday, March 28th interactive gathering!


1. Don’t ever get between an Italian man and his coffee.

2.  Sometimes you’re the child. Sometimes you’re the parent.

3. On the plus side, we’re really seeing people embrace their natural creativity.

4. Introducing: the world’s cutest criminal. (Why was there jam in a Sunglass Hut? How did he figure out the jar lid? So many questions.)

5. Continuing the puppy theme, and in honor of National Puppy Day, meet Zada.

6.  We love to celebrate the quarantine classics.

7. Brushing up on your math basics? She can help!

8. And here’s your daily dose of too cute:

9. No matter how panicked you feel, you’re calmer than a cat on an ironing board.

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