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Christopher J. Kelly, is the Scranton Times-Tribune Columnist. He writes columns on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Coronavirus Diaries Day Six: Epiphany in Aisle 7

Coronavirus Diaries Day Six: Epiphany in Aisle 7

The sign on the door and the empty parking lot told me the meeting was canceled. I left the car running and walked to the locked entrance to read the black words on white paper. ALL MEETINGS CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS Damn. I shaved for this. On a...

Coronavirus Diaries Day Five: Where’s the remote?

Coronavirus Diaries Day Five: Where’s the remote?

We're bugging out. Those of us who can work remotely are vacating 149 Penn Ave. Those who can't will be safer with fewer people in the cubicle farm. I will miss my work family and the newsroom I've been walking into for close to 25 years, but it's time to clear out....

Coronavirus Diaries, Day Four: The Waiting

Coronavirus Diaries, Day Four: The Waiting

Tom Petty was right. The waiting is the hardest part. This morning, I was on Facebook Messenger chatting with an area woman who is very ill and self-quarantined as she waits for test results that could put a name to her suffering. She hopes it's not novel coronavirus....

Coronavirus Diaries, Day Three: King of the Road

Coronavirus Diaries, Day Three: King of the Road

My morning commute is so easy, I could drive it blindfolded. I travel 5.5 miles between home and work. Six streets, three left turns and one right. Today I had the road almost totally to myself. Downtown is similarly empty. Car traffic is heavier, but far fewer people...

Coronavirus Diaries, Day Two: Potato Daze

Coronavirus Diaries, Day Two: Potato Daze

It's Potato Day at The Times-Tribune. Every St. Patrick's Day, the Employee Relations Committee provides baked potatoes the size of footballs with all the fixings. As workplace perks go, Potato Day is second only to Chili Day. Some of us look forward to it all year. I...

Coronavirus Diaries, Day 1

Coronavirus Diaries, Day 1

My colleagues and I are still here, trading vapor droplets and gallows humor in the newsroom cubicle farm. Social distancing and community journalism don't mix. It's a skeleton crew, well under CDC crowd restrictions, but the background noise is all virus, all the...

Keep calm and carry hand sanitizer

Keep calm and carry hand sanitizer

These are strange days in the newsroom. We are used to chasing natural disasters here, but floods, tornadoes and Bob Bolus are nothing compared to the covid-19 coronavirus. The parade. The Friendly Sons. The Angry Daughters. The NBA, NCAA and PIAA. Organizations are...

Coronavirus hits Wall Street, Trump prescribes blame

Coronavirus hits Wall Street, Trump prescribes blame

NOTE: A reader alerted me to questions about the validity of the photo I originally published with this blog. It's not clear whether it's real or fake, according to Snopes.com. That's good enough for me.  Late blog today. I was busy all morning sabotaging the stock...

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Christopher J. Kelly, is the Scranton Times-Tribune Columnist. He writes columns on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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