Creative Ways To Connect and Learn While Social Distancing: A Guide to the Silver Linings

Updated April 5, 8:40 am: It’s been a couple of weeks since Americans started social distancing and while we work on adjusting to this way of life–staying home except for necessary ventures out, staying 6 feet away from others and avoiding gatherings of more than fifty, I mean ten people, well, just don’t gather AT ALL, all for the greater good and health of fellow citizens–many of us are also trying to keep kids busy and keep our senior parents from leaving the house (why don’t they LISTEN??).

It’s very easy to get discouraged in uncertain times, but I’ve been seeing some really great things happening in the world that wouldn’t have taken place otherwise, and there’s a lot more coming. I thought I would share some of it here (the tip of the iceberg, I’m sure). Some of these things are date and time-specific. If I don’t list date/time specifics, you can take advantage of them on your own schedule. (Also, please note that all of this information was correct when I posted it. Apologies if you find something that doesn’t work or link; please let me know so I can fix or remove it!)

Workouts:

  1. Debbie Allen (that’s right, the Emmy and Tony Award winning actor, choreographer, producer, and so much more: you probably remember her from her role as dance teacher Lydia Grant on the 80s television show “Fame”) is livestreaming assorted classes on her Instagram account.
  2. Bandier is doing fitness classes, also on Instagram Live, daily at 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern.
  3. Salt Power Yoga is doing classes on Instagram Live. Check their page for an up-to-date schedule.
  4. Peloton has extended the free trial on their workout app (bike not required) to 90 days.
  5. Ali Brooke of Bears Fit (Chicago) is doing fitness classes of many types on Instagram Live. Check out her schedule here.
  6. Title Boxing Club in Knoxville (my home club, holla!) is starting to offer 30-minute boxing classes on Facebook Live. (No equipment required.) Class videos will be kept on their Facebook page for a limited time. Go to their page to participate.
  7. Esquina Tango out of Austin, Texas is holding online classes. Check their Facebook page for the schedule.
  8. Planet Fitness is streaming “Home Workins” daily at 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern on their Facebook page.
  9. 305 Fitness is streaming classes that are a “mashup of aerobic and anerobic training with sprints and muscle training” on their YouTube page, daily at 9am Pacific/12pm Eastern.
  10. CorePower Yoga is offering online classes for free, here.
  11. Orangetheory is posting “Orangetheory at Home” workout videos here.
  12. Blink Fitness is doing workouts live on their Facebook page, Monday through Friday at 8am Eastern.
  13. Les Mills has opened up their Born to Move workouts for kids ages 4-16 for free, here.
  14. Want to workout with Chris Hemsworth? He’s doing fitness classes on his app, Centr, and offering a free six-week trial.
  15. Wahoo and Sufferfest are offering free 4-week training plans specifically designed for “athletes who can’t train outdoors or use gym/pool facilities”, with new users getting a free 45-day trial.
  16. Daily Burn is offering a free 60-day trial.
  17. Join pro dancers Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy for Quarantine workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern, on Instagram.
  18. Weeknights at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern, join the dance party on Dance With Me USA. They’ll be streaming on Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo, too.
  19. The Debbie Allen Dance Academy will be offering a wide variety of classes (Pilates, Flamenco, Latin Fusion, Tap, Ballet, Jazz…) live on Zoom. Check out the schedule and register (they’re free but space is limited!) here.

Music (Dance Parties):

  1. Keep an eye on DJ D-Nice’s Instagram page: he’s been DJing the “Homeschool Social Distancing Party” on his IG Live for the last couple of nights starting at 2pm Pacific/5pm Eastern.
  2. Following D-Nice, Quest Love is going live on Instagram with QUEST LOVErs Rock: Nighttime Mood at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern. He reloads every hour and recommends for uninterrupted sound you go to The Roots’ page on YouTube for the party. (You can play one of them right now as a backdrop for today’s activities!)

Music (Live):

  1. Opera fan? The Metropolitan Opera in New York City is streaming nightly at 7:30pm Eastern. (Each performance is available until 3:30pm Eastern the next day.)
  2. Virtual Festival is an ever-changing livestream event out of Nashville. Performers, dates, and times are announced here.
  3. Yo Yo Ma (classical musician) is posting daily #SongsofComfort on his Instagram channel.
  4. Garth Brooks will be streaming live on his Facebook page, on Mondays at 7pm Eastern. Check his page for more details.
  5. Rufus Wainwright is doing Robe Recitals from his home each day on Facebook.
  6. Live Nation has created “Live from Home,” a hub for tons of artists streaming live…from their homes. I guess that was self-explanatory. Anyway, LOTS of performances each day and something for everyone! Check it out here.
  7. Melissa Etheridge is doing #ConcertsFromHome (she’s taking requests, too) EVERY DAY starting at 3pm Pacific/6pm Eastern. I wish I had found this earlier but all concerts are about 30 minutes long and performed and then stored on her Facebook page. Not sure how many more days she will be doing this but her official #ConcertsFromHome t-shirt ad says March through April..

Music (Together at Home concerts):

  1. Chris Martin (lead singer of Coldplay) did a #TogetherAtHome concert on Facebook. Watch here.
  2. John Legend’s #TogetherAtHome concert (featuring Chrissy Teigen and daughter Luna) is here.
  3. Charlie Puth’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  4. Hozier’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  5. OneRepublic’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  6. Lindsay Stirling’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  7. Watch Shaun Mendes and Camila Cabello’s #TogetherAtHome concert here.
  8. Niall Horan’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  9. Vance Joy’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  10. Amy Lee’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  11. Ziggy Marley’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  12. Lukas Graham’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  13. Jack Johnson’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  14. Anthony Hamilton’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  15. Kygo’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  16. The Lumineers’ #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  17. Lauv’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  18. JoJo’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  19. Bastille’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  20. Barenaked Ladies’ #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  21. H.E.R.’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.
  22. Jennifer Hudson’s #TogetherAtHome concert is here.

Music (Recorded):

  1. Bono streamed a brand new song on Facebook Live. Swoon!
  2. Pink went on Instagram Live to play piano and perform “To Make You Feel My Love.” Here’s another one from Pink, too.
  3. Broadway World is posting “Living Room Concerts” of Broadway stars singing songs from the shows they would normally be performing in.
  4. The Berlin Philharmonic has made their Digital Concert Hall free for everyone.
  5. Andrew Lloyd Webber is taking fan requests and posting his performances on his Twitter page.
  6. Lots of musicians are posting one-song performances. Here are just a few: Paul Simon, Steve Martin, Neil Diamond, Rita Wilson (not to be missed: she does Naughty by Nature!) Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Norah Jones, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, another Paul Simon, Lady Antebellum, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Shawn Colvin, Tim McGraw, John Fogerty, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Cyndi Lauper, Susan Kelechi Watson (From “This is Us”). I will add more right here as I see them.
  7. Are you a Foo Fighters fan? This from the band: “While we’re all watching YouTube vids right now, we’re making some of ours a little clearer for you. Keep washing those hands!
  8. Keith Urban broadcasted a half hour concert that he’s calling Urban Underground last night from his home studio on Facebook, with wife Nicole Kidman hanging out, being his roadie, sidekick, and dancer. It looks like he’ll be doing this on Mondays at 4pm Central/5pm Eastern; keep an eye on his Facebook Watch page.
  9. Elton John hosted the Living Room Concert for America, benefiting Feeding America and First Responder’s Children Foundation. Elton’s guests included Alicia Keys, the Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, Dave Grohl (!!!) and more (all from their own homes). If you missed it, watch here.
  10. Nefesh Mountain performed “Songs of Love and Healing” on Facebook Live.
  11. Citizen Cope played a solo acoustic set from home on Facebook Live.
  12. Tamia, Deborah Cox, Shep Crawford covered Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans “Count on Me.”
  13. Barenaked Ladies got together via webcam to perform “Lovers in a Dangerous Time.”
  14. Joan Baez performed “Imagine” on Facebook.
  15. Jimmy Buffett is doing a “Cabin Fever Spring Break 2020” tour: he’s posting videos of his archives “live.” Check his schedule here.

Music-related Miscellanea:

  1. More DJ D-Nice news: if you’ve been enjoying his Homeschool parties on Instagram, check out his Spotify playlist.
  2. More Foo Fighters news: frontman and rock legend Dave Grohl has finally joined Instagram, to tell short, true stories. This made my week! Follow him here.
  3. Miley Cyrus is doing a show called “Bright Minded” on her Instagram page every day, Monday through Friday, at 11:30am Pacific/2:30pm Eastern. (not a concert, FYI)
  4. Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters is posting drumming tips on the Foo’s Instagram page.
  5. Help Jon Bon Jovi write a song! #DoWhatYouCan UPDATE HERE.

Virtual Tours:

  1. The Cincinnati Zoo is offering Home Safaris every day at 3pm Eastern via Facebook Live on their page. (If you’re not on Facebook, they post the videos on their YouTube channel afterwards.)
  2. Tour Yellowstone National Park virtually until you can get there yourself.
  3. Take a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China.
  4. Check out museums all over the world, virtually, thanks to Google Arts & Culture. With more than 2500 choices, that alone could keep you busy for a long while.
  5. Take yourself to Hawaii, virtually of course, and tour some of the landmarks there. Sigh.
  6. Tour the Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland.
  7. Tour the Gardens of Versailles here.
  8. Boeing has a few virtual field trips to check out, here.
  9. Check out the Great Barrier Reef with narration by David Attenborough, here.
  10. Galapagos Expedition, anyone? Go here.
  11. Tour Buckingham Palace (swoon!) here.
  12. Are you a hockey fan? I gotchu. Tour the Hockey Hall of Fame, here.
  13. Watch how Crayola crayons are made, here.
  14. Check out artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror traveling exhibit. (I thought this was fascinating!)
  15. Take a virtual tour of 12 of Banksy’s street murals on Street View.
  16. Get up-close and personal with some of the most iconic works of art in the world through the eyes of musicians with Art Zoom.
  17. Take a tour of the Winchester Mystery House.
  18. Go on various roller coaster rides on The Coaster Views’ YouTube channel.
  19. Check out Savannah’s gorgeous Forsyth Park Fountain with “Visit Savannah.”
  20. Washington D.C.’s cherry blossoms are blooming right now. Check out the BloomCam here.
  21. Check out the Louis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia here.
  22. Take a quick tour of the gardens of Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina here.
  23. Learn about anteaters from the Dallas Zoo.
  24. Take a virtual tour of the Emlen Physick Estate and Cape May lighthouse in Cape May, New Jersey.
  25. Take a virtual walk through the tulip garden at Brookside Gardens, in Montgomery Parks, Maryland.

Web Cams/Zoo cams:

  1. The Monterrey Bay Aquarium has web cams from various areas available on their website. I mean, SEA OTTERS!!
  2. The San Diego Zoo has web cams on their polar bears, koala bears, penguins, elephants, giraffes, and more.
  3. The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station has “virtual breakfasts” with the animals. Keep an eye on their event page for more information.
  4. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s web cams are here.
  5. The Houston Zoo’s web cams are here.
  6. Check out the Dublin pub cam, here, if you miss seeing people congregating. HahaSob.
  7. Are you a cat person? Check out the web cam/livestream of the Kitten Academy.
  8. Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium’s mesmerizing Underwater Beauty web cam is here.
  9. Highway 30A in Florida has a variety of web cams on their site for beautiful views of the beach and the Gulf. Sigh. So pretty.

Meditation/Peace/Motivation/Escapes:

  1. Lizzo hosted a 30-minute meditation, available to watch (and rewatch) here. And here’s a second one.
  2. Alyson Stoner (actress and dancer) is doing simple meditation daily at 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern and then a mindful movement series daily at 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern on her Instagram channel.
  3. Sanctuary Thailand went on Facebook Live with a yoga/meditation practice and is planning more for future days.
  4. Jay Shetty is doing 20 days of 20 minute live meditations (it started March 20) at 9:30am Pacific/12:30pm Eastern, on his Facebook page.
  5. Find 7 or 8 minutes of serenity each day with live videos at St. Augustine Beach on the First Light Insite Facebook page.
  6. Enjoy 3 minutes of ocean sounds with a view courtesy of Highway 30A in Florida.
  7. Mario Armstrong is going live every day at 11am Eastern to provide inspiration and motivation to get through this difficult time and also start building your dreams. He’ll be on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Periscope.
  8. Enjoy a moment of Zen from Maui.
  9. Escape to the Jungle for five minutes.
  10. Cape May, New Jersey’s (one of my happy places!) Angel of the Sea Bed and Breakfast posted a pretty cool drone video of their gorgeous house and a little bit of the surrounding area.
  11. Get a quick pep talk from Jerry, one of the stars of Netflix’s “Cheer.”
  12. Jane Goodall posted a message of hope on Facebook.
  13. Meditate with Oprah and Deepak Chopra for free. Sign up for their 21-Day Meditation Experience here.

Learn:

  1. There are 450 online classes being offered free by Ivy League schools. More information here.
  2. The Kennedy Center’s Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems is doing Lunch Doodles daily at 1pm Eastern (video is available afterwards). Watch and learn how to draw!
  3. Brit + Co online classes are free through 4/9 (EXTENDED) with discount code SELFCARE. (I just looked at the listing and WOW!) (Also, this is not sponsored; just exciting for me!)
  4. Stephen Brown of Glitterville Studios is starting to do “craft and sparkle” sessions on Instagram Live. Keep an eye on his IG feed for more dates.
  5. Learn how to draw Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters in videos presented by Disney Park artists here.
  6. Learn a foreign language for free at Open Culture.
  7. Yale is offering its most popular class, “The Science of Well Being,” for free. More info and registration here.
  8. Through April 3, Go Broadway Online is hosting free 30-minute master classes by teachers, artists, and directors all over the world, via Zoom. Classes are at 2pm Eastern and 8pm Eastern. Check the website for details and to register.
  9. Broadway Green Alliance is hosting free #GreenQuarantine Zoom sessions hosted by members of the theater and environmental community. Check their website for schedule and more info.
  10. The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area posted “Coffee with a Ranger” in which you can learn a ton about bald eagles.
  11. Kat Havens, Director of Curriculum and Content at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, posted a session from her kitchen on ancient cuneiform writing.

Watch and Learn (Chefs/Cooking):

  1. Is the kitchen your favorite place to be? The Bon Appétit test kitchen posts highly entertaining videos on their YouTube channel regularly. Don’t watch while hungry!
  2. Sarah Stegner, chef at Chicago’s Prairie Grass Café and Green City Market, has opened a home cooking hotline, daily from 2-4pm Central. Call 847-920-8437 with your questions.
  3. Chef Alton Brown is posting “Pantry Raid” videos on YouTube, to help you use up random ingredients.
  4. Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski is posting Quarantine cooking videos on Facebook Watch.
  5. King Arthur Flour is hosting (on Facebook Live) the first episode of The Isolation Baking Show with Certified Master Baker Jeffrey Hamelman and Pastry Chef, baking instructor, and tv host Gesine Bullock-Prado.
  6. The Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten, shows us how to make a cosmo.

Watch (Talk Shows & Hosts):

  1. Jimmy Fallon is doing The Tonight Show from home on YouTube, highlighting a different charity each night.
  2. Ellen DeGeneres has been calling her celebrity friends on posting the videos on Facebook and Instagram.
  3. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is adding hilarious Social Distancing content daily (hah!) to their YouTube channel, and Trevor has decided to do a show from home like Jimmy Fallon, but it’s being broadcast in the normal time slot on Comedy Central, weeknights at 11pm Eastern. (Clips are on Facebook and YouTube as usual.)
  4. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is bringing her show live to you from her house, with her husband on camera. Watch on Facebook Wednesdays at 9:30pm Central/10:30pm Eastern.
  5. James Corden hosted Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special. I’m not seeing the episode on YouTube in its entirety but here are links to individual performances: David Blaine, Will Ferrell, BTS, Dua Lipa, Andrea Bocelli, Ben Platt with the cast of “Dear Evan Hansen,” and John Legend.
  6. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is still being recorded, from Colbert’s home. Clips can be found on the show’s Facebook page.

Watch (Broadway/Stage Shows):

  1. Playbill posted about plays and musicals you can watch from home, here.
  2. Miguel Cervantes, star of the Chicago run of “Hamilton,” is hosting Broadway in Chicago’s #AroundBroadwayIn80Days, which spotlights performances by high schoolers who played or were scheduled to play a role in a high school production this year. Find the playlist on the Broadway in Chicago YouTube page.
  3. Rosie O’Donnell brought her show back live for one night only, to raise money for The Actor’s Fund. It’s 3.5 hours of amazing performances!
  4. Check out Stars in the House, which has two live-streamed performances each day (2pm and 8pm Eastern) that benefit The Actors Fund. You can see who is coming up this week on their website, and all past episodes are on YouTube.
  5. Andrew Lloyd Weber is making his shows available to watch online for 48 hours only, starting Friday April 3 at 2pm Eastern on The Shows Must Go On! YouTube channel.
  6. Cirque du Soleil has made a bunch of their shows available for your viewing pleasure, here.

Sports Substitutions:

  1. Check out Jelle’s Marble Runs on YouTube for hours of family fun. Yes, it’s actually marbles, racing.
  2. Cyclists (and non-cyclists) take note: The Tour de Quarantine is happening on YouTube. Start with Stage 1 (only 2.5 minutes long!) here.
  3. NHL Live is streaming more than 1,000 games, both live and on-demand, as well as the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs for free, through April 30.
  4. The NFL is offering its Game Pass service for free through May 31. You can watch NFL games from 2009 to 2019 as well as original shows.
  5. While the NBA is on hiatus, they are offering free access to both full-length and condensed replays of all games from the 2019-2020 season as well as an archive classic games and NBA content.
  6. Cyclists might be interested to know that Rouleur magazine has made all of their back issues available on their free app.
  7. NBC Sportscaster Michael Jenkins does the play-by-play as he walks his 15-year-old basset hound, Josie. (Gah she’s so cute.)

Gather (But not really):

  1. You can have a Netflix-viewing party with friends even if they’re not in the same room by downloading an app. Learn about it here.
  2. CBS has offered up Zoom backgrounds from many of their shows, like “The Amazing Race,” “The Price is Right,” “Survivor,” “The Late Late Show,” and more.

Do:

  1. Canada’s Globe and Mail has put some of their crossword puzzles online for your downloading and solving pleasure.
  2. Are you smart enough to design something for NASA? Spend some of this time at home trying to come up with a design they’ll want in their NASA Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot (RASSOR) Bucket Drum Design Challenge.
  3. Missing your weekly Trivia Nights? (I am!) Goose’s Quizzes, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, is putting on NIGHTLY rounds at 3pm Eastern (because that’s 7pm in Scotland!), on Twitch. More information here.
  4. Check out random street views from all over the world with this odd little website that could keep you busy for, well, many minutes.
  5. Have you always wanted to be a contestant on Jeopardy? Now’s your chance: normally the game show has only offered the online test seasonally, but they have opened it up for the time being so you can take it whenever you want.
  6. The New York Times is offering a NYC Quarantine themed coloring page for your pleasure.
  7. Hallmark is giving away one million cards so you can reach out to those you love via U.S. Postal Service. You can claim three of those cards here.
  8. Did you know that you can play “Cards Against Humanity” online with friends? I didn’t; but now we ALL do! Go here for more info.
  9. Craving chocolate but you don’t want to go overboard? Learn how to make The Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Cake in a Mug here. It’s not new on her site but she posted it in her Instagram stories recently and it made me very happy.
  10. Rain Brain Trivia is hosting Trivia Mondays at 7pm Eastern on Facebook.
  11. Mural artist Kelsey Montague went on her Instagram to host a coloring session and said that she and her sister Courtney are having weekly #CreateWithKelsey “gatherings” on Fridays at 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern, topics to be determined. You can download and print the coloring sheet she used in the first session from her site anytime.
  12. Libraries can really use your help right now! Read more on how you can decipher handwriting, tag images, and more here.

Read:

  1. Scribd is offering a 30-day free trial (no credit card required): get access to books, magazines, and audiobooks.
  2. “For as long as schools are closed,” Audible has made tons of stories available to listen for free (no credit card required). They’re mostly stories for kids of all ages but you can listen to literary classics like Wuthering Heights, The Call of the Wild, Pride and Prejudice, and more.
  3. The National Emergency Library, which has 4 million books available for free online, has suspended waitlists on 1.5 million books, making ALL books available to anyone who wants to borrow them.

Comedy/Laughing/Happiness:

  1. Be amused by creatives: the Getty Museum challenged people to recreate famous works of art while in quarantine and they did not disappoint.
  2. Comedian Jim Gaffigan and his whole family is posting nightly “Dinner with the Gaffigans” on YouTube.
  3. Chrissy Teigen hysterically performed the wedding for daughter Luna’s stuffed animals, Chloe and Nosh. Husband John Legend covered Selena Gomez for the guests. It’s a must-see!
  4. John Kraskinski of “The Office” has started the Good News Network on YouTube. It’s what we all need and the first episode even includes an interview/reminiscing segment with Steve Carrell.
  5. Samuel L. Jackson reads “Stay the F*$! at Home.” (As you might imagine, this video is not safe to watch with kids around.)
  6. Well-known comedians like Adam Sandler, Jo Koy, Jim Gaffigan, Hannibal Burress, Iliza Schlesinger, and so many more performed (and chatted) live to help the lesser-known comedians who have lost work while the clubs are closed, in “Comedy Gives Back: Laugh Aid.” Watch the whole 8-hour shebang here.
  7. Comedian Iliza Shlesinger and her chef husband Noah Galuten are streaming their “Don’t Panic Pantry” mini cooking show live on her Instagram and Facebook every night at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern. This week’s scheduled recipes can be found here. (On April 8 they’re doing a Passover Seder.)
  8. In these days leading up to Tuesday’s series finale (wah!) of Schitt’s Creek, cast members have been going on Instagram Live nightly at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern to raise money for Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. I wish I had discovered this before they started, but better late than never. Last night, Annie Murphy got into character as Alexis Rose and taught “sexy choreography” to her song “A Little Bit Alexis,” and it was comedy gold. Here’s some of that amazing magic. Apparently they announce each morning who’s up and I haven’t seen anything today yet; here are their IG accounts so you can check too: Dan Levy, Annie Murphy, Sarah Levy, Noah Reid, Emily Hampshire.

Miscellaneous:

  1. Patrick Stewart is doing a sonnet a day on his Facebook page.
  2. If you love Chrissy Teigen, check out Quibi (launches April 6). Quibi will be hosting “Chrissy’s Court” as well as lots of content from others like Idris Elba, Chance the Rapper, and more. They’re offering a free 90-day trial.
  3. Former White House photographer Pete Souza did an Instagram Live about the cameras he uses and how he selects them for each circumstance.
  4. Levar Burton is going to be reading live on Twitter. On Mondays at 9am Pacific/12pm Eastern he’ll be reading to kids. On Wednesdays at 3pm Pacific/6pm Eastern he’ll be reading to teens/young adults. On Fridays at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern he’ll be reading to adults.
  5. HBO is releasing hundreds of hours of programming from behind their paywall (for example, series like “The Sopranos,” “Veep,” “Barry,” and “The Wire” as well 20 Warner Bros. movies. All you have to do to #StayHomeBoxOffice is download the HBO NOW and HBO GO apps. More info here. (Note: this won’t work on Roku TV for some odd reason; if you have that like I do, you’ll have to watch on your iPad or phone!)
  6. The Peters Township Library in McMurray, Pennsylvania has created a Hogwarts Digital Escape Room! Check it out here.
  7. From now until May 15, you can stream Sirius XM on your phone, online, and on other devices at home for free. (I highly recommend the Yacht Rock station. *wink*)
  8. Acorn TV, home to British mystery, drama, and comedy, is extending their free trial offer to 30 days with code FREE30.

I’ll be updating this post over the next couple of weeks (longer if necessary!), so bookmark it and visit occasionally. If you know of anything you think I should add, leave it in comments. If it includes a link, message it to me on Facebook through my page (please “like” it while you’re there: thanks!). If you have my phone number, feel free to text me. *wink*

Celebrities and other well-known entities aren’t the only ones getting creative out there. A friend of mine who is a Kindergarten aid (now at home just like her students) is offering to teach the kids of her friends how to write letters by being a pen pal. Another friend is offering free virtual coaching. Others are offering to tutor kids who are home from school. My friend Heather is hosting “Crafternoons with Heather” on her Facebook page at 3:30pm Eastern, Monday through Thursday, in which she’s showing how to do a quick yarn craft. My friend Lisa has started a YouTube channel so she can review everyday items in her house.

And by the way, I made a list of 25 things you can do for yourself at home during these uncertain times.

These ways we are coming together and helping each other feels like a whole truckload of silver linings that have shined out from behind this very stressful situation our world community is in right now. I like to grab onto the positives whenever possible, and these are all giving me life. Even if we don’t feel like it at first, we will eventually all discover how resilient and creative we are, and there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s pretty awesome.

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