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    5.22.2020

     

    “Mama, are you STILL listening to the governor on your phone?” — Miles, my three-year-old

     

    FIVE.

    1. Next Wednesday is the last day of school, and the last day I’ll be interviewing 2020 high school seniors (376 and counting). I want to hear from all of them, every single one, so please forward the questions to a high school senior, or somebody who knows a senior, or somebody who knows somebody who knows a senior.
                Here’s how some of them answered this question:

    What’s something you’ve learned about yourself during quarantine?
     
    “I enjoy being outside for long periods of time.” — Emily Moats, Bullitt East
     
    “I should never try to bleach my hair again.” — Aly Porter, Moore 
     
    “I hate it if I can hear you chew.” — Florencia Hilburn, Floyd Central 
     
    “I’ve been overlooking the little things, like car rides with my brother and baking with my mom. They’ve turned out to be some of my favorite moments.” — Caroline Youdes, Manual 
     
    “I cannot bake. Thanks to my many failed attempts at brownies, cookies, bread and even a Mother’s Day cake aptly labeled Atomic Mom, I have begun to harbor a growing animosity for the picture-perfect muffins and banana bread all over Instagram.” — Maddie Stokes, Sacred Heart 
     
    “I really enjoy reading. I’ve read three books in three days and now I feel awesome.” — Riley Warren, Assumption

    “I think I already want to switch my major at UK to astrophysics.”
    — Dylan Mears, Ballard

    “I have the attention span of a gnat on Red Bull when it comes to Zoom classes.” — Nell Rydzewski, Sacred Heart 
     
    “America’s Next Top Model has a lot of seasons.” — Sam Krimple, Walden

     

    2. LMPD chief Steve Conrad announced his June retirement yesterday amid the national media storm about Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old who was shot and killed by LMPD officers in her apartment on March 13. In a joint statement, lawyers representing Taylor’s family wrote, “While today marks an important milestone, the fight has just begun.”

     

    3. On Wednesday, Phillip Bailey and Andy Wolfson co-bylined a front-page C-J story about Conrad, and I can’t not mention the lede: “He has weathered more storms than a Maine lighthouse.” What’s the newsletter equivalent of a slow clap?
                And read Savannah Eadens’ Monday front-pager about Paula Eaton, a 73-year-old woman released from Baptist Hospital East after a 51-day battle with COVID-19. Eaton and her husband of more than five decades, Jim, enjoy watching Fixer Upper together, and this part about her sky-blue La-Z-Boy got me: “The hard part was seeing her empty chair,” Jim said.
                The pandemic is decimating journalism in ways we’re only beginning to see. In a Washington Post column, NBC News analyst Howard Fineman reminisced about the C-J, his former paper, where what used to be “a floor-wide newsroom teeming with reporters and editors now looks like semi-abandoned Main Street.” (Fineman also mentions an investigative reporter from the 1970s named Liv Taylor, “a bespectacled drawl of a man” who “looked like a praying mantis but stung like a murder hornet.”)
                During the pandemic, the C-J has become an even more essential part of my morning routine. You should subscribe. They did just win a Pulitzer.

     

    4. Louisville Magazine senior writer Anne Marshall interviewed Tiny Herron, founder of the Forgotten Louisville nonprofit that works with homeless people. “When we talk to homeless men and women, we are finding that many are not informed well,” Herron says. “Individuals who are sleeping outside, obviously they are not stuck on social media all day long. They’re not watching Gov. Beshear’s press conferences. So we try to educate.”

     

    5. I’ve been within like 10 feet of my kids practically every minute of every day since March 13. Miles, my three-year-old, is sitting in my lap right now and is fka;djkaf hitting oieuwtjf the myncxa keyboard as I try to finish this newsletter. Yesterday, Emilia, my kindergartener, had an assignment to write down several things that make her happy, and she wrote “cuzzns” for “cousins” and — welp, guess school is done for the week!
                SNL’s season finale had some, um, let’s call it bourbon news that just might be the help parents are looking for: “They used to give kids whiskey to help them fall asleep. (That’s history.)”

     

    OH!

    I was originally going to include something inspirational from the March 1999 Louisville Magazine cover story in which Tori Murden, now Spalding University’s president, recounted her isolating voyage rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean. But I’ll save that for next week because in the October 1999 issue I found these apocalyptic John Nation photos of “dolls’ eyes that can send chills down your spine.” He took some of the photos at a Bardstown Road store called the Doll Collection (RIP). Re the last page: Not sure how long she’d been socially distancing.

     

    TOO...

    Last night, the City and Regional Magazine Association awarded Louisville Magazine two national first-place prizes: Feature Story for “Cancer Sucks!,” Jenni Laidman’s September 2019 narrative about Shirley’s Way and the South End; and General Excellence, the top award in our circulation group.
                To all the editors, writers, designers, photographers and illustrators who make Louisville Magazine possible — round(s) on me once we’re allowed.

     


    Support for Louisville Magazine comes from Kindred Healthcare, which needs its caregivers now more than ever and shares this message: “Those dedicated to others remind us why we call them heroes.”
                Earlier this week I was texting with my friend Allison Festa, who was a nurse at Baptist Hospital East before returning home to New York in 2012. Now she’s at a hospital on Long Island. (In Louisville, she misses the Louisville Zoo and Slugger Field, and if she were in town she’d “go to Holy Grale first thing for a burger on a pretzel bun.”) I asked her what she wishes more people understood right now. “Honestly, I wish more people weren’t afraid to come to the hospital during this time,” she says. “People are getting delayed care for heart attacks and strokes and it’s costing people lives. They should still come for stuff like that. The hospitals are safe for emergencies, and the cleaning protocols are more ramped up than ever.”

     

    Josh Moss
    editor, Louisville Magazine
    jmoss@loumag.com

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