By Kathy Kovach
One of my favorite tropes is, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!”
There is no denying what has been happening to our communities, our country, and our world the past couple of months during this pandemic. Many of us have gone underground trying to flatten the curve. Some people have used their self-isolation to be creative, to get closer to their families, or to catch up on their favorite forms of entertainment.
Quarantine is not new, and, as energetic bloggers and meme creators have pointed out, one should never let a good forced confinement go to waste.
Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity in 1665 during the epidemic caused by the bubonic plague. William Shakespeare wrote King Lear during an earlier plague in
The renowned artist Frida Kahlo had contracted polio at an early age and was no stranger to bedrest. But it
Another polio sufferer, American teacher Elizabeth R. Abbott, used her creative juices during the polio scare of the 1940s and 50s. While a patient in 1948, she saw a need as she watched children confined inside the hospital walls. Polio wards were often in hospitals miles away from the families who had to work and take care of the
The game was Candy Land, simple enough that a child who couldn’t read would be able to play without an adult. As their imaginations worked their way through a magical land of candy canes and gum drops, they were able to experience the movement that their legs had abandoned. In addition, the bright colors gave them a reprieve from the dull hospital walls and antiseptic atmosphere.
Candy Land quickly became Milton Bradley’s bestseller, and has gone on to
She donated all of her royalties to children based charities.
Here’s hoping that something good comes out of this lockdown. Something that future historians will look back and marvel on. It won’t happen in my house, however. Life handed us lemons, and we’re kicking back and drinking the lemonade, slow and easy.
Meet seven American women who were named for various flowers but struggle to bloom where God planted them. Can love help them grow to their full potential?
"Periwinkle in the Park" by Kathleen Kovach
1910, ColoradoPeriwinkle Winfield is a hiking guide helping to commission a national park. But a run-in with a mountain man who is determined to keep the government off his land may place her in great danger.
Kathleen E. Kovach is a Christian romance author published traditionally through Barbour Publishing, Inc. as well as indie. Kathleen and her husband Jim raised two sons while living the nomadic lifestyle for over twenty years in the Air Force. Now planted in northeast Colorado she's a grandmother, though much too young for that. Kathleen is a longstanding member of American Christian Fiction Writers. An award-winning author, she presents spiritual truths with a giggle, proving herself as one of God's peculiar people.