This post first appeared in the Mercury News

There is never a good time for a pandemic, but the silver lining on this very dark cloud is that it’s happening at a time when we have the ability to communicate, learn and relax online.

 For millions of us, the internet has become our lifeline. If we have kids whose schools are doing telelearning, it’s become their classroom. Through video chat services like Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype and Facetime, it’s become the way we get together with friends and family.

 My wife and I attended our monthly book club online last week and hung out with our adult children. It’s also the way many doctors are seeing patients, and, of course, there are tons of educational and entertainment offerings. The Magical Bridge, which normally operates playgrounds for people of all abilities, is sponsoring a daily noon sing-along at https://www.facebook.com/MagicalBridge. Everyone knows about Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, but there are many other entertainment options from big companies, like Disney+ and Apple TV+ along with lesser known offerings like Kanopy and Hoopla (both offered for free by many libraries).

Many teachers are conducting classes through Zoom, Google Hangouts and other video platforms, but there are plenty of educational resources available for any student (or non-student) to access.

 What follows are some online resources. If you’re reading this in the newspaper, you can find all of the links at Larrysworld.com/coping.