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Brain Work, Physical Work and Exercise.

In the previous blog post, I referenced Lance Morrow in his article about What to Do When You’re Sheltering in Place. In addition to making a daily schedule that should include “brain work, physical work, and exercise,” he also suggests, “You may be doing your regular work online. If not, undertake a project – start to learn a language, say. Take an online college course- something tough enough to absorb your mind.”
I love that- something tough enough to absorb your mind. I’ve collected a few engaging “opportunities and experiences” that have crossed my path in recent days that qualify as tough enough to absorb your mind.
Links below:


Stream your favorite broadway hits through BroadwayHD (a paid service).




Premiering Today, on YouTube from The National Theatre,  James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors.

Art and Museums:

Travel and Leisure shared this link to twelve famous museums that offer virtual tours. “Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home.

The Adolescent Bacchus by Caravaggio




 The Adolescent Bacchus by Caravaggio, The Uffizi Gallery













The Met Opera launches “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure.







 Original Beowulf Manscript



The British Library offers a digital collection offering a peek at original manuscripts, such as and Beowulf and Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook.




 The International Space Station



Google’s Art and Culture Platform also provides easy access to art and museums, destinations (such as a tour of Edinburgh Castle or step aboard the International Space Station) and even food.





 Brian May, from Queen


Musicians from all over the world and genre have been bringing their live performances straight to your home. The likes of John Legend and Coldplay’s Chris Martin have taken to Instagram Live, and Brian May of Queen was providing guitar sessions last week.









The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, meanwhile, is live-streaming performances on YouTube.





Nina Simone


There is a bevy of concerts to access from Montreux Jazz Festival’s website, which includes performances from the likes of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Nina Simone.

Online Classes:

Check this out, at you’ll find FREE Online Ivy League courses from such colleges as Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale. Last checked there were 496 classes offered: 

These aren’t free, but they’re well worth the membership, MasterClass, offering over 80 classes in a variety of topics. Right now they are offering: Buy one membership and share one free!


 For a little physical activity, Taryn Toomey of The Class is offering a 14-day trial of her digital class.
The Daily Burn is offering a free 60-day Trial full of different workout options you can mix and match.


Apple Books has a collection of free books in nearly every genre and for all ages, plus a "first in a series" promotion that lets readers get the first book in different series for free.


And if you need to just really rest your mind, you may wish to download this free Meditation app from Balance that adapts to you.
Well, I think that checks all the boxes, brain work, physical work, and exercise, plus hopefully lots of enrichment to fill your soul. If you have any additional links you've come across to share, please pass them along in the comments. 
Be safe. Be healthy. Be well. 





1 comment

  • Hi Jen—So nice to see this blog. I hope you, Tim and Michael and Annie are all good. What are they going to do about graduation for Michael—Will he be able to have a graduation ceremony? Thinking about you and keeping you all in my prayers.

    Auntie Ruthie

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