ABOUT – Going the Distance

Strength, hope, and solidarity in a time of social distancing

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“Going the Distance” is a column of poetry and prose appearing in the Benicia Herald since April 1, 2020, and continuing until we no longer are in crisis over the coronavirus.

In March 2020 I invited writers to contribute to the column – to give voice and speak to the fears, tensions, grief, inspiration, coping mechanisms and oddities we are all experiencing during this pandemic.

The term “going the distance” has several nuanced meanings. It can mean “to finish a project despite hardships,” “to endure an ordeal,” or, more colorfully, from the world of boxing, “to complete a fight without getting knocked out.”  All of those meanings fittingly describe our current challenge.

Mary Susan Gast
Going the Distance editor