Giudice writes his way through the pandemic

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When it became apparent to Eugene Giudice that he and most of the country would be riding out the pandemic at home, he took it upon himself to pen daily reflections and distribute them via email to 300 friends, colleagues and acquaintances.

A senior research services training specialist with the Chicago office of Dentons US LLP, Giudice was inspired to do so by a call from firm management “to find ways to stay connected with each other,” the veteran law librarian explains.

Those emails have made their way into a self-published volume titled “Reflections During a Pandemic: Thoughts While Sheltering in Place.”

“The prolonged isolation has been a grind for everyone, and I wanted to try and do something to help break that isolation,” Giudice says. “I want these reflections to be a catalyst for people to start thinking about a post-pandemic world, a world genuinely based on justice, compassion and inclusion.”

Reflections riff on quotations by famous people ranging from Mahatma Gandhi and Golda Meir to Satchel Paige and Rosalind Russell, and grapple with issues such as the killing of George Floyd and the Jan. 6 insurrection.

“These writings have been a time for me to reevaluate who I am as a person and have been a real tool for personal growth,” Giudice says. “It’s my hope that others will find them a useful tool in their own growth.”

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