SIGN UP – to our new daily update! You can take my Broadway shows. You can take my toilet paper. You can even take the raw, bleeding flesh from my hands. But, dammit, the day you took my gym was the day this became personal.

My community. My stress relief. My health insurance. Gone. 

But COVID won’t break me. Not this week anyway. So, to ensure that, once this is all over, the FDNY won’t be required to hoist me out of my apartment, having eaten enough stockpiled chicken and pasta to feed the entire city, my friend Lora and I have made an exercise commitment to each other. Every day, we’ll meet at the end of the pier. Some days we’ll do yoga. Other days it’ll be body weight circuits. We might take a Citi Bike down Hudson River Park for half an hour. But we’ll get out of our apartments, into the fresh air, and move our bodies.

And today, I might even bring my yoga mat – I’m still picking splinters out of my butt from yesterday’s expedition!

If you have any online workouts or ideas on how to stay active, I’d love to hear them. 

And, in the spirit of Mark Fisher Fitness, my gym family and Hell’s Kitchen happy place, where each class begins with a name game – a kind of ice-breaker – let’s play.

Tell me your name, and, when they make the movie about the great pandemic of 2020, who will play you? I’ll start. Hi everyone. My name is Ruth, and I want Tilda Swinton to play me. Next …?

Happy St Paddy’s Day, people! On a day traditionally recognized as an opportunity to get sh*t faced in the name of heritage, let’s raise a Guinness and meditate on these thoughts. Will we be better people when we come out of hibernation? I’d like to think so.


Stop! Don’t mindlessly watch that re-run of Drag Race or 30 Rock for the bazillionth time (you know who you are)! Every night at 7.30pm, The Met Opera is streaming performances of some of its most fabulous HD presentations. 

The NY Phil and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center are doing the same.

Art galleries have introduced online viewing rooms. At the Whitney and The Met Museum, you can experience discussions with artists and explore the exhibits virtually. 

And Katsura Sunshine has taken his New World Stages show Rakugo – the ancient Japanese art of comic storytelling – online 

Sending you love and kisses from inside my hazmat suit. Oh, and you may have noticed this newsletter is arriving a little later than usual. That’s because Phil gets up earlier than I do. So, yeah, sorry about that. See you tomorrow!

“So I guess that I’ll be chipping off this gel manicure on my own!”

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