List-making in a Dark Time

by | May 21, 2020 | 2 comments

For any other list-makers out there, I published this on HerStories yesterday.
“”In this time of quarantine, my lists are offering me space outside of the walls of my home, a way of making sense of chaos, a self-imposed structure on structure-less days, and even a way of hope.” Head here to read the full piece. Hope everyone is staying well in these challenging times.


  1. CC

    Julia, I loved this article. I found you through a post in Modern Loss, “Why I told Anne Lamott my husband died.” My husband of 36 years died of a sudden heart attack on March 16th, the day before the entire country shut down. Yes, I want to tell everyone! But, we’re in quarantine, only family and friends know. I have been in my daughter’s home with her, her husband and my 2 year old grandson since then and haven’t seen anyone but them and my son’s family for almost 2 1/2 months. I am heartbroken at the loss of my best friend, my partner, my love. I am homesick for a life that will never be the same. My home was being renovated when my husband died so I can’t go back there, and I don’t think I can emotionally or financially live in our home of 32 years again. Your list making so resonated with me, I’m a planner. A planner of future dinners, gardens, trips, visits with grandchildren, parties, cakes to make, hunts in thrift stores…. Going through a traumatic loss, a loss that already makes me question who I am, who I will be and yet not being able to do almost anything that brings with it muscle memory of who I was is unbearably overwhelming and anxiety provoking. Discovering your writing was a sweet moment on this rainy Memorial Day in Miami, your story gives me hope xo

    • JAC

      Thanks for writing and reading. I’m so sorry for your loss and the secondary losses that come with it- including your home and future plans. Yes- have hope—hope is an anchor for our souls. Thinking of you today! xoxo Julia


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