Coronacast 4: David

Hi Neighbor! David Dadekian is Rhode Island’s food laureate (credit to Phil Eil for that title).

“There’s connectivity everywhere,” David points out. He talked with me about the value of silly conversations, kindness, and takeout.

(And he knows a thing or two about takeout; check out David’s website for comprehensive lists of restaurants with takeout options, online local food and drink businesses, and breweries offering curbside sales. Whenever you can, buy local, Rhode Island!)

“We’ve got to be patient,” said David. “And kind.”

Coronacast 3: Toby

Toby Shepherd is executive director of the Nowell Leadership Academy, a public charter high school founded to serve pregnant and parenting young adults.

He talked with me, still early in the COVID-19 crisis, about how his staff and students were faring in the abrupt transition to our current reality. “There’s got to be a word,” Toby suggested, for everything is fine but also terrible. And he wonders how his 10-year-old son will look back at this time.