The Urge to Document

For months I have felt the urge to document what is going on in my life during COVID19. At this point I have been collecting material but have not found time to organize it or process it. I’m curious if others have had the same experience?

I’ve been recording audio of my family several times a week. Sometimes this takes the form of an audio journal/monologue. Other times I record conversations.

I have been taking daily walks around Oneonta; starting July 1 I’ve been posting one photo per walk on Facebook. Here is the gallery link:

The NYTimes today had an excellent article about documenting this year:

Museums are working overtime to collect artifacts and ephemera from the pandemic and the racial justice movement — and they need your help.

Visiting Chestnut Park nursing Home

Staff from the Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Oneonta, NY, and the Susquehanna animal shelter coordinated to put on a dog parade for residents of the nursing home, May 12, 2020. Susquehanna SPCA staff circled the outside of the facility, stopping at windows to show dogs and wave to the residents. Chestnut Park curently has 71 residents who have been unable to receive visitors for nearly two months due to the COVID19 pandemic.

“This was great for everyone — the animals, our staff, and the people here,” said Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA. “We’ve all been cooped up too long, and just to see all the smiles was wonderful.”

Oneonta is in the Mohawk Valley region, one of three upstate New York regions that will begin to reopen May 15, 2020, after coronavirus lockdowns.

By Michael Forster Rothbart for Hometown Oneonta

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