Corona World, Day V

It is cold. I know, I can’t blame the coronavirus for that, but honestly, it’s 21 March in England and the temperature this morning was 1°. Spring officially arrived Friday. We would not be asking too much for a temperature somewhere closer to 10° or 15°, by natural right. Today we spend in our second…

Corona World, Day Four

After some to-ing and fro-ing, we’re going full-on self-isolation. Margaret has a cough that’s probably just her seasonal allergies or a cold (cough isn’t as dry and persistent as COVID cough is supposed to be, and no fever), and my reckless inclination to buy groceries, both weigh against our letting impulse or wishful thinking stretch…

Corona World, Day 3

In home all day except for my morning run and an afternoon walk with Margaret. I cleared some email obligations, did some administrative odds and ends, and tried to ease myself into reading mode (and of course, fretted about virus news seen on social media). Probably more of the same today. My morning run went…

Corona World, Day Two

Yesterday, Margaret and I eased into the recommended isolation by working from home, taking care of a couple of errands (groceries and the wine shop), and by Margaret’s visiting a non-quarantined family in the college. I ran my mile and later said Mass, and we watched some Doctor Who in the evening. Beginning today, we’re…

New World

This morning begins my participation in Corona World. Margaret and I will be based at home for the indefinite future, venturing out for necessities but primarily keeping to ourselves. I’ll still run every day possible: this morning at 10°, dry, calm, and 10:11 on the shorter course. I’ve moaned before about the lack of evident…

Closer to End of Term Than I Thought

I should have anticipated change in the administrative arrangements here at the University, but I had thought that once the undergraduates were gone, our theological students would trudge along for the last five days of the week. The PM has, however, (belatedly) taken steps before us, urging that all public gatherings be closed up —…

Plague Thoughts

By all means think positive, hopeful thoughts, and certainly do whatever you can to minimise the effects of this plague; console, comfort, and treat anyone who’s been infected or is at risk. But it’s not too early to take a deep breath and begin to imagine a world in which some, perhaps many, people you…

No Judge of Time

I remain mystified at the range of difference in my experiences of running when I run the same mile every day. Why isn’t the experience more consistent? Of course, I’d love it if I were faster and could breathe more easily, if my knees didn’t wobble and my muscles stay tight, but honestly, it would…

Pending Further Developments

It’s a bit odd, waiting for the seemingly inevitable announcement that Oxford is closing, that we all are to self-isolate, that there will be no library access for the foreseeable future (yup, that’s the one I can’t process), that church life will be curtailed if not (as in Italy) shut down altogether… But I ran…