Useful and Interesting things to do While Sheltering-in-Place

Here are just a few random and interesting things that I’ve been busying myself with while we’re on lock-down in NY. I thought some of you might find these interesting or have neat things to add. I’m still doing course work –we have weekly meetings on Zoom and I think Fordham was absolutely brilliant in moving all courses online two weeks before NY mandated school closures. I miss seeing my academic friends face-to-face but working from home is kind of cool. Still, because I don’t have a four hour commute each day, I do have a bit more time on my hands than usual (I’m up to my eyeballs in a translation project but I have to do that in small doses or I get sloppy). So here aremy extracurriculars:

1. Thanks to J. Lawrence, I found this course online. It’s run by YIVO Institute for Jewish Studies and is all about “Folksong, Demons, and the Evil Eye in Ashkenazi Culture.” It’s free through August. I thought it would be a nice complement to my Jewish Studies fellowship and also, I’m interested in all sorts of things having to do with the evil eye.

2. Here’s a whole list of free art classes online. I haven’t signed up for any of them yet, but I fully intend to do so as soon as I have a moment.

3. The Metropolitan Opera is doing nightly streaming videos and they’re just awesome. You can access them here. I missed “Barber of Seville” tonight, but last night my entire household got to enjoy Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmelites” — which is based on an actual martydom of 16 nuns during the French Terror. The ending has to be experienced to be believed. Words don’t suffice. Anyway, they are offering a different opera each night.

4. The Royal Danish Ballet has the full performance of Bournonville’s “Napoli” online here. Usually only the third act is performed in the States. It’s an absolutely charming ballet (though I confess, I wish the current ballet master had left it set in the 19th century). I think the Bolshoi is also streaming ballets live. You can learn more about that here.

5. We’ve been watching some of the movies that would normally be in theatres. I’m really delighted that movie companies have allowed several to be offered on amazon for rent on day of release. So far, we’ve watched the new EMMA (not my favorite adaptation, BUT it is gorgeous and totally worth watching. The acting is delightful; I think it has the best casting for Emma’s father I’ve seen so far, and the sets, the gorgeous houses – omg, i would watch it for that alone), The Hunt (totally one of my favorite movies. it has hands down the best female character ever. “Snowball” is badass and I wish every female character were written with half her competence), and over the weekend, “Call of the Wild.” This last one was a book I absolutely loved as a very small child. I don’t think I’d read it since I was 9 or 10. The adaptation relies heavily on CGI but i loved it. It was one of those movies that I almost turned around and watched immediately all over again when it was done. I need to reread the book! Of course, watching the new “Emma” made us start a Jane Austen marathon…

6. Royal School of Needlework offers online courses here. I”m slowly working my way through one, as well as a passel of other embroidery and quilting projects. Eventually they’ll all get done.

7. I’ve been cooking up a storm and while I don’t need online classes, some of you might find these interesting. Apparently, restless chefs are offering free lessons. Check it out here.

8. This is a good time to learn a language too. I’m working to get my German back up to par, and also on my ancient Greek so my language platter is full, but for those of you wanting to get started in a language, check out this list of resources and free courses.

9. Here is a list of virtual museum tours.

10.  Finally, I’m catching up on my reading, even participating in a couple of challenges on various groups in goodreads. I always have a “to read” list.
Obviously, I don’t do well with “free time.” lol. I’ve been hearing though about how much some of my more extroverted readers are struggling with the shelter-in-place and lockdowns. Perhaps some of these suggestions will help. 🙂

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at

Posted on March 31, 2020, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I wanted to see Call of the Wild in the cinema…I mean, come on, Harrison Ford and a dog? Where do I sign up? I know the dog isn’t real, and I did read the book in the 7th grade (it was assigned!), so I at least know the story…but it wasn’t something that appealed to me for great artistic merit or anything like that, it just looked fun, so I will have to check that out! And Emma also appealed because of Bill Nighy, who is great in everything (I saw him in a play in Oxford when I was there in ’97!). Thanks for the recommendations!


  2. Hello Galina, thank you for the suggestions! I don’t seem to get much spare time. I work at home. These days I pray more than usual. I’m really anxious. I am exhausted at night.
    My suggestion would be to compile the sounds of these days in a playlist. Also to write down the many insights and learning. The world seems to be changing. There is a shift, something I cannot describe…
    I sent you a little poem to Mani yesterday. I sent it to your mail, yesterday I posted it in the comments but somehow it didn’t upload.


  3. Hi Galina,

    Hope you’re safe and healthy. Just subscribed to your blog, so much to read…

    Perhaps it is pointless to write this–given that you’ve already listed down your extracurriculars–but still.. I wonder if you’ve watched Netflix’s ‘the OA’. I think you must have atleast heard of it and someone in your circle(s) must have mentioned it. Not that it is quasi/covertly pagan, but it is an exceptionally multi-layered, symbol-heavy, refreshingly creative and fascinatingly unorthodox series. Please give it a try. While I didn’t watch season 2 of ‘American Gods’ (found it too superficial and full of usual degeneracy — except a few things here and there) and can’t say much about it, ‘the OA’ is genuinely original piece of work I’ve seen in years (and I have seen quite a lot of eccentric, off-beat/indie stuff).

    Very seriously recommend you to watch it (dont read the plot; just watch S1 trailer and jump into it) and share your thoughts.



    • ganglerisgrove

      i’ve caught a couple of episodes but have yet to watch from start to finish. I’ll put it on my list. 🙂


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