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BECCA CARCATERRA: And so it begins...

March 16, 2020 at 12:00 PM


Day 1

Well, the dining hall is a ghost town, the amount of Andrews in the Village has decreased significantly, and we welcomed 100 boxes of food into the Village instead of guests.

The world is a strange and unnerving place right now. Many of us are worried about our loved ones far away, and feeling this Village isolation in more ways than one.

The good news is that this community is used to taking care of each other. We have plenty of food, water, fresh air, and that sweet, sweet TP. As the nature around us softens and thaws, I hope we can spend this time in whatever kind of deliberation, creation, mourning, or mayhem that soothes us and prepares us for the days ahead.

If you’d like to write a “guest column,” or share poems, art pieces, or jokes, please do so and I can include that in this letter.

In the spirit of the Italians singing on balconies and the good Samaritans delivering supplies to the vulnerable, we won’t let a little pandemic stop us from our care for each other.

Sending peace,
The Staffing Office

Becca Carcaterra is Human Resources Assistant at Holden Village. This column was originally published on March 16, 2020 in a daily newsletter, "The Quarantine Quarter," which is compiled by various staff members and sent to all Villagers.

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