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Your joy, as a poem

A few weeks ago we linked to a poem made out of lines sent from emails during the pandemic. Reader Rebecca Galanti saw this and composed her own poem. But instead of using emails she had received, she mined the responses you — our readers — supplied to the form survey we sent out asking what is bringing you joy these days.


A culinary chase

Morels are mushrooms prized for their truffle-like umami richness, and chefs, hobbyists and mycologists are setting off into the woods around town in search of a bumper crop.

 

DC road to recovery paved by special interests

Scrolling through the names on Mayor Bowser's newly assembled advisory committee to safely reopen the city, one can’t help but notice the heavy representation from lobbyists and developers in lieu of public health experts. (Plus two ex-mayors, Fenty and Williams. Gray's invite...?) It’s unclear what insights a bevy of non-health execs will bring to a recovery plan that’s supposed to be “based on science,” but stacking the roster with developers is pretty on-brand.


Social distancing tattling on the rise

Our 311 line has seen an uptick of locals calling in with tales of pandemic outlaws flouting the sacred tenets of social distancing. Amidst the fear, this reaction is perhaps understandable, but shaming people isn't an effective or humane approach to community safety, especially when cops are added to the mix.

 

COVID was here before we knew it

March 7 is when the Georgetown pastor was announced to have been sick. Now, tests suggest a Woodley Park resident who’d returned from Italy sick in mid-February had been exposed to the coronavirus.


Also || Vancouver hipster icon interviews Ian MacKaye | a mule of a bike | diversify single-family lots

A Day in DC

On Friday, we'll be joining BYT's partnership with Instagram, A Day IN: DC, to read the news and some other stuff at—when else?—7:30 a.m. Tune in and support all the participating local businesses!

Plan ahead: We're going live!

There is plenty to look forward to this week, but Friday, BYT is hosting a day-long fundraising stream to raise funds for the small businesses and organizations involved. We’re sticking to our brand and will be on at 7:30 a.m. for a live-reading of the day’s morning newsletter. The festival schedule is packed with 20+ local shops, performers, and more. (Friday, May 1st)

 

Slash Run Virtual Trivia

Through the lockdown, trivia lives on at Slash Run! Recreate the local dining experience by ordering food to go and hopping on Zoom to play. (7pm)


Pet Sematery (2020)

Walking your dog during Covid-19 is weird; you put on a mask and gloves, but can only really go around the block. Presbyterian Cemetery in Alexandria was a destination for dog-walkers—until, feeling inundated, the cemetery shut its gates

 

"This is a hell that no human being deserves."

As dozens of cases of the novel coronavirus stack up (and at least one death as a result), supplies and running water have hit zero at the DC Jail and Hope Village. Unfortunately aware of existing horrible jail conditions, returning citizens and local leaders are convening a sleep-in tonight publicize the need to protect current inmates and returning citizens. First steps? Sanitary supplies, heating and cooling systems, and a new building. (6:30 pm-6 am)


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler:

  • President Lincoln's Cottage and Game Genius have paired up to host a virtual game night at the former president’s Civil War retreat. (7pm)

  • Finger-pickin’ good guitarist Jagtime Millionaire and jazzy bluesy Ross Hammond make you feel like you’re at Rhizome (8pm)

Also || mastering breathwork | DIY sewing | midwifery symposiumshop for hugs

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