We are writing through the pandemic
Brooklyn's older residents report on life in isolation
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Click pictures below for entries written on that date.

The writing group for senior citizens keeps meeting during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our sessions are now a wild mix of telephone, texting and, since late April, Zoom. Some writers receive their prompts by phone, or by email—directly or via a family member—and write on their own time. Others find a spot to write at their house during our regular time, wait for prompts to come in via text, then write simultaneously and, finally, share brief portions via group text. As of April 23rd, some of us are meeting on Zoom, so we can hear each other read again. –M. G. Baker

Entries contain contributions by Anikó Bognar, Veronica Bullard, Eleanor Cyrus, Toni Delia, Yvonne Hall, Joan O’Bryan, C. Imani Parker, and Toya.

March 26, 2020

I can be a small person with infinite freedom to do good . . .

April 9, 2020

@7pm each day I'm reminded that new york is a city with a big heart . . .

April 23, 2020

Staying safe and healthy is paramount, this virus is deadly . . .

May 7, 2020

Being quarantined in your home, walking from room to room, you soon realize you have a lot of time on your hands . . .

May 28, 2020

Today i mourn for Mr Floyd and the family of Ahmaud . . .

June 4–16, 2020


June 18, 2020


July 9, 2020

Resting means watching the news but once a day . . .

July 30, 2020

remember his name . . .

August 20, 2020

a shining example of our cultural legacy . . .

September 10, 2020

There are all types of bodies be happy in yours . . .

October 22, 2020

it's so terrible when people mistreat others for no reason . . .


The excerpts published here have been created in many ways. Some are first drafts via text, some first drafts transcribed from hand-written pages, and others are later drafts sent in via email.

We will continue to meet once or twice a month and we will update this page accordingly.

If you are a senior citizen (or know a senior citizen) who would like to receive writing prompts by email or text, let us know by emailing info@astold.org.

For more of the group’s work, pre-Pandemic, see We Live Here.

For our oral histories project, see As Told.