All this self isolating is allowing me to plow through my Netflix queue. Just finished THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY. A lot of fun. Just what I need these days.

If anyone wants to lean into this whole seclusion vibe and embrace the silence here are a few recommendations. Movies with next to no dialogue but incredibly compelling all the same. (Basically, exactly the kind of movie I like best.)

Into Great Silence: It is an intimate portrayal of the everyday lives of Carthusian monks of the Grande Chartreuse, a monastery high in the French Alps.

Under The Skin: Loosely based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Michel Faber. It stars Scarlett Johansson as an otherworldly woman who preys on men in Scotland.

All is Lost: Robert Redford as a man lost at sea.

And one quick reading recommendation- Montaigne’s Essays, especially “On Solitude”

As a former homeschooling family it is kind of fun watching other families finding out how rewarding learning with your own kids can be. Don’t get me wrong there will be days when you want to kill each other to, but on balance it’s such a worthwhile endeavor.

The only thing with the potential to do more damage than a global pandemic is a global panic. Take a deep breath. Humanity has been through this before, and it will go through it again. Live a life your grandkids will be proud of.

I have been on again, off again, reading up on Stoicism for the past couple years. As a former classics major it is a philosophy of life that appeals to me. There is so much stress and anxiety out in the world that right now seems to be the ideal time to put its tenets to the test.

The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own . . .” —Epictetus

Oh, boy, here we go.