The Coronavirus Chronicle

The Coronavirus Chronicle #27: A FORT OF ONE’S OWN

todayApril 30, 2020


We are facing one of the biggest global health threats in decades which has led governments around the world to shut down daily life. But how is the race to contain COVID-19 affecting the people it’s meant to protect here in Berlin?

Building a pillow fort in the basement with her daughter for a school assignment inspired Janel Rogers Schermerhorn to do something she’s always wanted to do: Podcast. “Mom’s Secret Fort” was the result – An often humorous exploration of her family life during the pandemic.

We caught up with the past president of the American Women’s Club of Berlin to discuss her reflection on life in lockdown. Listen below.

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“We spent some time building a fort down in the basement with blankets and pillows…I thought: ‘Man, I could use that right now, just a little space where I could crawl into and have a few minutes to myself,’” says Schermerhorn.

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Written by: monika.mueller.kroll

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