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Over in my neck of the woods, all three levels of government have strongly advised against sending kids out for Trick-or-Treating this Halloween because of rising COVID numbers. I have to admit, my initial reaction to this news was outrage — couldn’t they have at least left us this holiday in tact? It happens outdoors doesn’t it? It was then pointed out to me that kids living in city high-rises do most of their trick-or-treating inside their buildings, racing through the corridors and knocking on apartment doors. Oh, yeah, right.
So, after I came down from my high horse, I began to think about what I had been so upset about. Was it the lost opportunity to give candies out to kids to rot their teeth? Or is it because Halloween is one of the most communal events I participate in all year, during which I meet and laugh with neighbours young and old? I think it’s the latter.
We under-estimate how being a member of a strong community helps us in all aspects of our lives — including our writing. And I worry about people whose writing groups have not shifted — for whatever reason — to an online video platform since this all started last March. The continual support a good writing group provides is a lifeline to many writers. So how are people doing out there? Have you been able to keep in touch with your writing group members? Do you hold meetings online? If so, how are they going? How have you pivoted so as to not lose that sense of community? Drop us a line and let us know at: admin at commuterlit dot com.
Janet Garber‘s essay “The Bite” appears in the Jack Walter Press Friends Anthology, released Oct. 20 and available on Amazon.
Gail M. Murray‘s story “Florence — Art Is in the Air” was published in Story Bridges Magazine‘s August issue.