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The COVID Chronicles

An archive of personal stories centered around STLCC students, faculty, and staff experiences of the 2020 pandemic

Jana Brazeal - Adjunct Faculty Instruction Librarian


Solitary confinement knocks at my door;                                           

 I open to no one, I see only air there.

I wait for the invisible scare to disappear,

so all can be as before.                                                                                                                       


Will it? Or will pandemic become endemic,

changing our lives forever.                                                                               

Will we become more grateful, less hateful?

Or will we revert to a tether of hard leather. 


If virus can heal us,

even via death and loss,

We will come through softer, more pliable,

without dross.

Stacey Lampman - Library Services Florissant Valley

Joseph Rogers - Forest Park - Library

In recent months, I have been doing some acrylic oil paintings. For many years, I've been a wriiter (fiction, poetry, plays, and screenplays). Some of my writings are available on Amazon and on my website. Although I've always been interested in painting, I only began taking art classes about five years ago. When this COVID crisis occurred, I began working from home, and my work hours were reduced during the summer. I decided to put this spare time to good use by doing a lot of painting. Art classes had provided me with enough confidence to attempt some projects on my own. Within this chronicle, I'm including photos of three of my new paintings. In the near future, I plan to do more paintings with space travel and ocean adventure themes (along with various other themes). The titles of the three paintings presented here are "Martian Odyssey," "Secrets of the Sea," and "Saint George and the Dragon." On my website, I have a story-poem "Saint George and Dragon." When I wrote it about three years ago, it never occurred to me that I would someday do a painting with the same theme! I hope that you like these paintings!

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000