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Your daily dose of levity: Call from City Hall; Signs of hope; ‘Quarantunes’

Megan Holmes



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Every day, we’re sharing what we’re reading, watching, doing and listening to … the things that bring levity to our own lives. We’ll also share random things we’re talking about, laughing about and smiling about on social media, in pop culture and beyond. We encourage you to share your daily sources of levity with us in the comments or on social media.


City of St. Pete launches “Call from City Hall”

Do you know someone who is struggling with self-isolation? Most likely, we all do. The City of St. Petersburg has set up a new system to check in on those individuals suffering from adverse effects of self-isolation. Nominated individuals will receive a personal phone call from Mayor Rick Kriseman, Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin or Police Chief Anthony Holloway.

The new program is an effort to keep isolated residents connected during the city’s safer at home orders, and mitigation efforts that are particularly impactful for seniors or those with comorbidities living on their own.

“The insidiousness of COVID-19 can impact more than just our physical health,” said Mayor Kriseman in a statement. “Because of the safer at home policies in place during this emergency, it can affect our emotional well-being, too. I look forward to speaking with St. Pete residents who may need some sunshine in their day.”

Residents can nominate St. Petians in need here: http://stpete.org/callfromcityhall


The creative ways St. Pete residents are showing hope and humor in dark times

From public poetry to yard signs to chalked sidewalks, St. Pete residents are showing up for each other, even from a distance.

St. Pete poet and typewriter extraordinaire, Gio’s Typos, has created a Haiku Fence — an innovative display of many…

Posted by City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Lukas Nelson’s Quarantunes Evening Sessions

The son of Willie Nelson knows how to pay a tribute. His “Quarantunes” include renditions of famous songs from his own father, to the late great Bill Withers and John Prine, to Paul Simon and Tyler Childers.

My personal favorites are his cover of Bill Withers’ “Use Me Up”…

And the whole family’s rendition of Lukas’ own song, “Turn Off The News (And Build a Garden).”


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