The Coronavirus Deconfinement Dispatches: Day 5

The tree in front of our home reaches out broadly from its position in the courtyard, spider branches long and thin are populated in clusters of delicate young leaves that jingle in the wind. The sun reveals their layers of translucency, going from a green so young it is phosphorescent through deeper levels until there … Continue reading The Coronavirus Deconfinement Dispatches: Day 5

The Coronavirus Deconfinement Dispatches: Day 2

The torch was aflame by the light of the rising sun atop the monument to the Bastille and it called to me, four kilometers from my home, on my first post-lockdown run. I had descended the canal past the cobblestones and empty beer bottles of our old neighborhood. I ran through the vendors setting up … Continue reading The Coronavirus Deconfinement Dispatches: Day 2

The Coronavirus Deconfinement Dispatches: Day 1

Dawn broke unto a new France, one transformed by two months of lockdown. The coronavirus pandemic has been a singular focus for the entire nation as it has been for much of the world. Patience has been rewarded. The restrictions are starting to lift. A cold wind whipped trees and swirled leaves all morning. It … Continue reading The Coronavirus Deconfinement Dispatches: Day 1

The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 55

A hard wind blows wild with only 11 minutes to go until midnight. 11 minutes until May 11th - the start of deconfinement - and I lie awake listening to the wind batter the sides of our new house. The excitement is palpable. We’re almost at the end of the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. … Continue reading The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 55