Platonic Diversions

Greetings from Mondovì: Ten Thousand

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE 29 March 2020 A terrible milestone yesterday: 10,000 Italians have died of the virus, 542 in 24 hours in Lombardia where it began its scourging of this most pleasant country.  Nurses and doctors, exhausting themselves and dying…

Greetings from Mondovì: Humanity vs Virus

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE Monday, 23 March 2020 Today the Italian government issued a revised form of the auto-dichiarazione (self-declaration) we must all carry when we leave our homes.  The new model requires additional details of the bearer’s identity and specific…

Greetings from Mondovì: Quarantine

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE My husband and I have been going about life under quarantine much as we would under normal circumstances.  We spend part of each day outdoors, working in our gardens, preparing for spring and summer.  We brought our…

Greetings from Mondovì: High Anxiety

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE 17 March I realized yesterday that going to the supermarket makes me feel anxious. Going indoors almost anywhere except home makes my heart beat faster, my breath go tight and shallow. So I decide I won’t go…

Greetings from Mondovì: Tutto andrà bene

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE 16 March By now many of you will have seen online video of Italians singing on their balconies; playing violins, guitars, accordions, electric pianos; banging pans; anything to express their solidarity, defiance and hope and determination to…

Greetings from Mondovì: A New Normal

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE 12 March 2020 I’m wondering whether to go to my regular massage appointment this afternoon, whether to cancel having my teeth cleaned tomorrow morning.  I can easily print the proper permit to show the carabinieri when I…

Greetings from Mondovì: Zona Rossa

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE Suddenly we’re all in la zona rossa—the red zone—together.  The Italian government has taken the extraordinary measure of restricting movement of people throughout the country.  Permits to travel between towns are available online, from law enforcement, and (so…