Wednesday, March 25, 2020

“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.”
– Mo Willems –

Right now, most of us probably wish that we WERE in the wrong story and that we COULD leave. Alas, that’s not an option. But one thing that we CAN do is to begin reshaping our own stories – and there’s no better way to do that that by establishing new routines that comfort us. One new routine that I’ve established involves watching acclaimed children’s book author Mo Willems’ daily LUNCH DOODLES! video with my daughter. Our laughably poor efforts to keep up with his artistic instruction can be found at the top of the resource page and you may Click here to check it out. And now on to the updates which you may Click here to access. Newly added resources include the following:

  1. Just for fun. Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home’s Mo Willems daily videos are part of the “new normal” in our home and Mo is live every day. Be sure to check out his LUNCH DOODLES! program – even if you don’t have kids.
  2. IRS “Stuff.”
    1. The IRS has published new guidelines regarding the extension of tax filings.
    2. For guidance on the IRS’s recent 90 day waiver of 2019 tax penalties check out The Hill’s article IRS releases guidance on deferring tax payments due to coronavirus.
  3. Legal Beagles. Two PA law firms (McNees and MPL Law) are now offering COVID-19 Resource pages.
  4. Life sustaining businesses. Pennlive has published a searchable database of life sustaining businesses that’s easier to parse than the DCED pdf document.
  5. Data, data everywhere. The COVIDACTNNOW.ORG website offers an interactive model of the virus spread with easy to understand, state-specific data reports projecting different scenarios – including when each state’s healthcare systems may become overwhelmed.
  6. Not The Guvernator. With changes arriving hourly, it can be difficult to understand how different states are combating the virus. Fortunately, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) is documenting the front line fight. Scroll down to the section What Steps Have States Taken To Address Coronavirus? which contains two helpful sections including the one titled State/Territorial Resource Pages And Other Select State Actions.

That’s it for Wednesday, March 25.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Be strong. Lead well.