How to put on pants

Happy news: I’m proud to be launching a short-term interview project today. From here through December, I’ll be asking the same five questions (some in phone interviews, some through an online survey) of people from all walks of life who want to share their experience of this global crisis. I’ll then be shaping their answers into short first-person narratives and sharing them on Medium.

In this, the first installment, I turned the questions on myself. Please check it out; share it; follow the Five Questions magazine on Medium, or on Instagram @fivequestions2020:

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You can also follow the project on Instagram @fivequestions2020, and, of course, please tell me about people you think I should interview! The project is partially funded by the Costa Rican Ministry of Culture and Youth. Thanks to their support, I’ve been contacting community leaders to identify women leaders to interview about their experiences in the San José neighborhoods that have been hardest hit by the virus and the economic crisis. I’ll be sharing their pieces in both English and Spanish over the coming months.

Thanks to the Culture Ministry and to all those who are joining in as readers or interviewees!

I’m a writer in San José, Costa Rica, on a year-long quest to share daily posts on inspiring people, places and ideas from my adopted home as a kind of tonic during a rough time in the world. Sign up (top right of this page) to receive a little dose of inspiration every weekday in your mailbox; tell a friend; check out past posts; learn how to join my Overwhelmed Writers’ League, every Saturday at 1 pm EST; and please connect with me on Instagram or FacebookTo learn more about how to support Costa Rica during the crisis, visit my COVID-19 section – or for ways to enjoy Costa Rica from afar, visit Virtual Costa Rica.

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