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The Quarantine List

Books, movies and music are three of the best ways to relax, laugh and lose your worries for a while.

Bill Bryson is an author who can start your adventure.

“A Walk in the Woods” will take you along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. You can travel by eBook, audiobook or video. “The Road to Little Dribbling” will give you a great tour of England and have you laughing most of the way. “A Short History of Nearly Everything” gives you just that — a little of everything.

Jon Krakauer is an author who writes true crime to mountain adventures. “Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains” is a collection of awesome stories. “Where Men Win Glory, The Odyssey of Pat Tillman” follows a journey from the NFL, to the U.S. Army, to Afghanistan.

The kids and teens can get their favorite books and movies, too. I’m sure their teachers and fellow students will give them plenty of suggestions. Download the audiobooks, then have your kids get on the phone with a few friends and listen to it together. It will be so much fun to hear them laughing and talking like they’re in the same room hanging out.

Go to to get info on what’s available. Most of the books will have an eBook and audiobook edition. You’ll also be able to choose TV series or movies, if the books have one.

If you have a specific book, movie or TV show you’d like to have added, you can click on “Books, Movies, Music” in the top line, then select “Suggest a Purchase.” Add the info requested and the library team will let you know if they can get it.

When all else fails, play some music and dance around the room. My family brought me a new friend, “Alexa” a couple of years ago. I love being able to say “Alexa, play some Keb’ Mo.’” In seconds “A Better Man” fires up. Of course, sometimes she doesn’t understand Southern. I asked her to play songs by “Larkin Poe” and she told me “I can’t find songs by Lacking Pope.”

Ending with a quote I read in a Louis L’Amour book. He didn’t claim to be the one who first came up with it, but that’s where I saw it first:

“Immortality lies not in the things you leave behind, but in the people your life has touched.”

Right now — try to touch people’s life in a way that makes the people who know you feel better. You will be loved and remembered.


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