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The changes are here, and they're real | Editor's Note

 
Series: Coronavirus | Story 60

Last updated 3/26/2020 at 9:14am



There are a million stories out there about how the coronavirus pandemic is changing lives.

Some of it is good news: Businesses helping food banks. Restaurants providing free meals for kids. And people seeming just a little kinder to each other these days.

But mostly, the news is not good. Our public and private lives have been upended – you don’t need us to tell you that.

On a personal note, I continue to work from my Edmonds home four days a week. On Wednesdays, I normally drive to Mukilteo on production day to shepherd the Beacon to publication. I’m doing that remotely now, too.

Both of my kids are out of work and worried about what’s next. I’ve taken a pay cut, and the Beacon will only publish twice a month for the near future.

Be assured, however, that we have already boosted our online presence at edmondsbeacon.com. Our social media sites – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – are as robust as ever.

The Beacon plans to return stronger when this is over.

For now, we will continue to report on how the virus affects Edmonds, telling stories and sharing what our neighbors are going through.

Neighbors such as Krysteen Lomonaco of Edmonds, who owns a business called Mehndi Madness.

“I’m a single mother of two and take care of my 70-year-old mom who lives with us,” Krysteen wrote to the Beacon. “I own my own business as well.

“I make my living 100% by being an artist, and have done so successfully for 24 years. My work season is about seven months out of the year, and I save money to support my family for the rest of the year during my busy work season.

“I work solely at fairs, festivals, corporate events, private parties, graduation, and holiday events. All of my events have been canceled for the first three months of my season.

“The money I make in the first three months is extremely important because I have been living on savings until the work season could start. My savings are running out, and we’re just doing everything we can to get through this quarantine and the virus.”

Krysteen’s website is at mehndimadness.com.

Andrew Edmonds is the lead pastor at Faith Community Church on 238th Street SW in Edmonds.

“The virus has disrupted my life by forcing my church and I to rethink the way we do church,” he wrote. “How do you care for a congregation when your ministry model is built on developing relationships, forming a culture of community, and reaching your neighbors with the love of Jesus?

“To say the least, we are learning to be more creative.

“Second, my wife and kids are adopting new schedules and routines. Really, we're just taking an early summer vacation without the vacation.

“Next, we've just learned my sister is sick with the virus, so our latest shopping trip included items for a care package to be delivered to her door. Finally, lots and lots of prayer!

“Trusting God to see us through.”

We need all the help – and support – we can get. We’ll see you online and in the Edmonds Beacon paper, which will publish next month on April 2 and April 16.

 

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