Keep calm and dance! plus Guest Blog Post by RoiJoyeux

How are you faring during this challenging time? I mean individually in your slice of the globe? Let’s all help each other — tell us — how do you keep your spirits high?

Screenshot from The Weeknd – Blinding Lights – Vintage Dance Choreography – Roberto F

“I do everything the man does, only backward and in high heels!” — Ginger Rogers

Here in Los Angeles, weeks ago, cleaning supplies were nowhere to be seen. Still, it wasn’t until I grocery shopped a couple of days ago that the sight of ravaged shelves was genuinely arresting. And then yesterday — things reached a tipping point. Long lines of heaped grocery carts, jammed parking lots… a friend canceled a much-planned birthday party, Iranian-American family shelved Persian New Year’s festivities…

Loved ones, keeping fit — and having fun!! — are what keeps me afloat. Fortunately, everyone I know has their toilet paper and we’re all okay. That includes my family in worst-afflicted Iran, Italy, and Spain, along with Australia, Argentina, England, and Canada.

It also helps when my husband reminds me that people elsewhere have endured far worse for much longer. Another thing that lifts my spirits is when I visit blogs like RoiJoyeux’s. His is filled with kisses, interesting biographies of non-straight people, the treats he bakes for his loved ones, and dancing!…

“Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.” — Truman Capote (read, don’t watching his phenom “Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Three Stories.”)


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41 thoughts on “Keep calm and dance! plus Guest Blog Post by RoiJoyeux

  1. I am a Chinese junior high student blogger and YouTuber. I am not able to go outside due to the virus, but I usually write my blog and record my YouTube videos related to study at home.
    This article is helpful for me very much to keep calm due to the virus. The tip is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. A few days ago there were already 8200 people dead in the US because of “normal” influenza (A and B). Imagine how many people must have been sick to reach a mortality number like that … Why does that not make the headlines? What is so special about Corona? It is not worse than influenza. Every year thousands of people die of influenza in Europe, and hundreds of thousands worldwide, in spite of vaccines. Nobody talks about that or throws countries into lock down.
    If we eat healthy, keep up a positive spirit and – very important – observe good hygiene, get some fresh air, we will be fine. All the worrying is wearing down our immune system … and this we should observe in every influenza season to keep the mortality down.

    A blogger from Manchester found this wonderful home video from Italy in this connection:

    I agree with your husband, in other places people have endured and are enduring much worse … I am thinking especially about the refugees and all the civilians trapped in war zones. … and we are hoarding toilet paper … it is a bit ridiculous, is it not, our priorities … 😉 😀

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  3. I’m also into the “counting blessings” camp. There’s always someone, some group, some country that’s suffering more. And historically of course, think of those poor folk in war conditions, the concentration camps … I wish you and your husband well Daal.

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  4. Thank you for sharing!!.. while I do exercise caution to some degree, I do not let it stop me from venturing downs life’s highway… “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”. (Author Unknown)… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May your spirit only know peace
    May your heart only know love
    May all your dreams come true
    May your life’s journey be filled with happiness
    And life is all that you wish for it to be….
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

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  5. Here in Central Virginia, everything is starting to bloom, days are getting longer with more light and the temperatures are warmer. It makes you want to go and stay outside which is good for the mind, body, and soul. This too shall pass (but sooner rather than later would be my vote).

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  6. Hey da-AL, thank you for the reblog. I hope all is well with you and yours, please take care of yourself and loved ones.

    There are a lot of things that make me happy, but what keeps me afloat, when in a distressful situation like what we experience now, is discovering extraordinary non-straight people on the Internet (or in books) and sharing their life stories and achievements on my blog …

    … and I am truly happy when bloggers like you visit and enjoy these stories … because I know some people don’t like non-straight people and say (and think) the most vile things you can possibly imagine about us… so thank you Miss da-AL and thank you to all the nice ladies who visit my blog, and understand we are like other people, we are not monsters

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  7. Since we are treating the Corona Virus as a war event, I guess it’s good to seek out heroes who are making this situation better. A pretty girl to a sailor in the video is like a healer to a Corona sufferer these days.

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  8. Please remember that self-quarantining requires that you stay at home only with the people you live with. Inviting guests for dinner or going out to socialize defeats the purpose of trying to contain the disease. Just because they are family, if you don’t live with each other in the same residence, you risk getting and/or spreading Covid 19, especially since most of us can be infected without any signs of illness. If we are infected, we WILL spread this very contagious disease. Don’t pay attention to me, Daal. There are plenty of medical Internet sites that will give you the same information. Please stay healthy and be safe at home, just you and your hubby. And now you need to restart your 14 days of quarantine.

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    • So true, Sharon — that post was written before rules became as tight as they are now. To make sure I don’t give future readers the wrong idea, I’ve deleted the line you mention. Thanks as always for encouragement & well wishes, dear, as I extend to you & yours ❤

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  9. da-AL, these are such strange times. A manager at a local grocery store here said if we could not shop for one week, then everything would re-set itself. The shopping has been incessant. Wishing you well.

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