With regret Phyllis has suspended all public appearances through May 16, 2020. In early May she will consider whether to lift that suspension or to continue it through the summer. She hopes to reschedule all events that she misses at a later time, whether this year or in 2021.
Phyllis regrets any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause. However, she must prioritize the safety of those whose health might be jeopardized if she continued her schedule as usual, ignoring the potential risk of the coronavirus.
As one mayor has recently put it, in these unsettled times “We must pull together by staying a little farther apart, recognizing the importance of being overly cautious in order to keep our most vulnerable family members, friends, and neighbors safe.” Phyllis couldn’t agree more.
She invites you to lean on the power of literature (among other forms of beauty) to sustain and inspire you during this pandemic. Books can help close the distance between people when physical proximity is unwise. Read to loved ones, whether across the room, on the phone, or via FaceTime. Indulge in reading in place of concerts, plays and sporting events. Order books and magazines for delivery to the quarantined. And don’t forget oral literature! Phyllis is doing StoryCircle with her mother, recording stories for the future. Care to try?
May you and everyone you love be healthy. Phyllis thanks you in advance for doing what’s necessary to help your community get through this crisis.