Why I Made The Corona Chronicles A Series

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Casey's Corona Chronicles—How to Outlast Your Kids in the Midst of a Global Pandemic—Empty Grocery Store Shelves
Is this what the world’s end looks like? Credit to André Proulx.

What do you even write about when the whole world’s burning down? Multibillion-dollar sports empires ended their seasons early. The travel industry shut down in one fell swoop. I didn’t start talking about COVID-19 right away because it was all anyone could talk about, but as soon as we closed schools down for three weeks across Ontario, how could I not?

When I first published The Corona Chronicles on March 13th, though, I was so short-sighted. I called the three-week quarantine “March Br3ak”, thinking this would all somehow resolve itself by April. I didn’t jump on long-term prep right away, figuring I could do some catch-up once things calmed down a bit.

But then our businesses shut down on the 16th. Travel another four days later. We learned that this was no small thing—we needed to learn a “new normal” with a very uncertain future ahead. This was no three-week ordeal.

And as the days dragged on and I kept writing about the experience, it only grew clearer there was more going on than a single post could contain. I needed a full series.

So here, in week eight of The Great Quarantine, I’d like to welcome you to The Corona Chronicles: The Series, where we talk about life as a family in Toronto, trying to stay sane each day as we find new ways to adjust.

I, for one, look forward to returning to some semblance of normal soon, but until we do, you can expect me to keep writing about it.

Be well, everyone, and keep doing what you need to to make it in these times!

Until the next, I remain,

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By Casey E. Palmer

Husband. Father. Storyteller. Calling the Great White North his home, Casey Palmer the Canadian Dad spend his free time in pursuit of the greatest content possible. Thousand-word blog posts? Snapshots from life? Sketches and podcasts and more—he's more than just a dad blogger; he's working to change what's expected of the parenting creators of the world. It's about so much more than just our kids. When Casey's not creating, he's busy parenting, adventuring, trying to be a good husband and making the most of his life! Casey lives in Toronto, Ontario.


  1. There are so many great resources available when it comes to homeschooling and continuing the education process at home. I can only imagine how overwhelming the whole concept must be at first for a parent that has never considered taking on something like this, but the #1 rule is simply to have fun with it! I’ve started to see kids’ activities moving online too which can help to keep everyone occupied when stuck at home – like dance classes live streamed!

    1. Ha—thanks, Britt; we’re definitely wrapping our heads around how to integrate education for the kids without making it boring or overwhelming. Because we’re both working full-time from home at the same time, it proves a challenge, but I want to make as much time to hang out with the kids as possible.

      Rumour is we’re getting a trampoline? We’ll see! Thanks for the advice ?

  2. Are you adding to this day by day, or is your blog somehow concatenating your blogposts into a single seamless list.

    Either way, love this journal and your insights!

    1. Ha, adding to it day by day like a madman. I thought it would somehow be less pressure to do it this way than to come up with individual posts with their own cover images, SEO, etc. Who knows?

      Thank you, Adam! ?

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