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#stayathome stories – #13

In the latest story in our series, Debra Weiner gives insight into life back in the States, where she and her husband are working from home, missing Berlin, and getting creative with their Vitamix. Stay at Home: The Montclair, New Jersey, Installment by Debra Weiner This is the first time since 2011 that my husband, …

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#stayathome stories – #12

In this installment of our series, Karen Axelrad shares how she’s embraced creativity and crafts, as well as virtual socializing, during the pandemic. Broken Needles and Lockdown Coping by Karen Axelrad I’m healthy, active in many groups, love tech, new gadgets, new ideas. All of a sudden, COVID-19 branded me as a member of an endangered …

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#stayathome stories – #11

In the latest installment in our series, Deidre Rooke shares how her rambles with her beloved four-footed companion, Izzi, have shaped her lockdown experience. Izzi and I by Deidre Rooke Living directly in the true heart of Berlin, signs of impending changes become noticeable fast. As our world becomes smaller and quieter, having my trusty …

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#stayathome stories #10

In our latest installment in the series, Stephanie Biery shares the story of how she managed to find happiness during lockdown by discovering and embracing what really matters to her—her bare necessities. The Bare Necessities by Stephanie Biery What have I learned from the corona pandemic and the Berlin lockdown? How could I discover my …

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#stayathome stories – #9

In this edition of our series, Sydney Beaman shares how she and her husband—both experienced expats—have used that experience to meet the challenges of the pandemic. An intrepid traveler, Sydney posts to her blog, The Beamans Abroad, regularly. Phases: Adapting to a New Life by Sydney Beaman Right now, the world is, as we are …

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#stayathome stories #8

In Arina Francke’s moving personal story, she shares her struggles and determination to persevere while caring for her two daughters alone during lockdown. We are here and he is there By Arina Francke Yesterday (Monday, May 4) I finally had a breakdown. After days that became weeks that became months of a four-room-apartment confinement in …

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#stayathome stories #7

In her series Life Under the Lens of Lockdown, Maggie Repp shares her reflections on her world during the pandemic. In her graceful poem, “The Field,” she reflects on her daily walks during the crisis. Maggie said, “I’m getting so much joy out of going to the field every day and some evenings. It’s the one …

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#stayathome stories #6

In the sixth post in our series, Elizabeth Waller shares poignant images reflecting the empty quiet of public spaces that marked the lockdown in Berlin. Still Life Under a Blue Sky: Images of Berlin During the Corona Crisis By Elizabeth Waller During the past seven weeks, my daily walk or bike ride was certainly the …

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#stayathome stories #5

Mom’s Secret Fort is a podcast started by former American Women’s Club of Berlin President, Janel Schermerhorn, during the first week of the COVID-19 lockdown in Berlin, Germany. Janel uses the podcast platform to talk about the many adjustments to daily life with hope and humor, in hopes of building community with listeners that are …

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