Having paid attention to US news and content over the last couple of days on the back of the pandemic and the racism in China, I feel like the world was burning. It got me thinking about police brutality, privilege and the many -isms that we deal with daily in Kenya.

For my own mental health, I have taken a step back from my other social media channels to re-assesses where I am and non-optical ways that I can make a difference in my community.

Armchair activism can only do so much.

Right now, there are so many good recommendations on books by black authors floating around that I am not sure what to add but I am open to suggestions.

In the meantime, here are a couple of ways that I have been keeping sane:

Reading when I can because my concentration comes in spurts. I have been powering through my NetGalley requests since authors need support from readers as much as possible. Recently, I have reviewed on colourism and showing kindness across races that are worth checking out.

Still, I have not been shy about DNF-ing and purging books that everybody thinks is a classic especially if they have been on my bookshelves for over a year. This time in isolation has given the chance to reevaluate my reading tastes and work towards having bookshelves that are more representative of me  and  my interests. I try to be gracious give each book a second or third try before I permanently put it down. Also, chances are that if I have put a book on the paused-for-now shelf, it will not get higher than a 4-star rating if it’s REALLY good.

I have fallen out of love with my current podcasts so I am in the market for different sources of inspiration. Discovering Stepjan Hauser has re-ignited my passion for classical music  and has managed to fill that void so far. When it comes to classical music, I would call myself a “dabbler”; I know the basics from my recorder playing days but I would like to broaden my knowledge.

I am back on the French learning train and remaining pretty consistent with my daily exercises.

Watching Hospital Playlist. has been my guilty pleasure/form of self-care. I know that watching a medical drama during a pandemic is not an ideal situation but I am loving the strong bonds among the five main characters as well as the side characters. Then the music that they make together is awesome. Aside from the OSTs that I have been playing on repeat, I love the witty banter, Lee Ik-Jun’s dad jokes, friendships across ages and glimpses of humans at their best and worst.  I can’t wait for season 2 that’s coming out in 2021…however, I am wondering how the COVID-19 pandemic will play out since season 1 ended in December 2019.

Travelling vicariously through the Netflix series Restaurants on the Edge. I am so inspired by the different designs and adding so many places to my bucket lists for when we can freely travel again. Sigh

Finally, thank you reader for taking time to read my posts for however long. I hope that you have found something  helpful or enriching on these streets. In  case, you have any thoughts and/or recommendations on how we can deal with these -isms, let me know.

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