Things to Do in the Current Pandemic: Learn from Pluto

March 31, 2020
Pluto as she appears on her videos.

Learn from Pluto?

Yep, the dog, not the planet or the cartoon dog. 

Pluto Living is a YouTube channel that has PSAs (Pluto Service Announcements) from Pluto the dog. This dog is an older miniature Schnauzer (if I’m remembering correctly). Her name is Pluto and she is concerned about the issues stressing two-leggeds in the pandemic. She offers a ton of helpful hints on how to survive social distancing and other pandemic related issues.

Last week my friend Eric sent me the first PSA, which you’ll find at the top of the YouTube channel I’ve linked here so you know which one I’m referring to.

Then I suggest you work your way forward in chronological order so that her character and insight unfold for you. Pluto speaks about things like where to find snacks, the importance of trying on your button pants, and how to manifest collective compassion. Her take on toilet paper is priceless, proving she’s both a clear thinker and able to deal with tough realities. 

I know everyone has his or her real-life horror stories to deal with right now. Because of that I think it’s important to take a moment to let a little bit of humor into our days. Thanks to world un-reknowned wildlife photographer, NJ Wight, for sharing Pluto with the world.


    • Susan
    • March 31, 2020

    Thank you for sharing this!

    BTW, I have a question. I know you’ve stopped managing Fake Journal Month but I wonder if you think tomorrow would be a good day to start a fake journal project?

    1. Reply

      I’m sorry I didn’t see this until today. I stopped promoting Fake Journal Month because so many of the people participating didn’t understand the essential concepts involved (that it had to be real-time journaling, had to be in the mindset of a character, that the character had to be a person so they actually could keep a visual journal with their hands; that sort of thing).

      There are reasons for all that.

      When I designed IFJM I did it to give my then visual journaling students a way to step aside from their internal critic issues and understand what it’s like to be someone else who doesn’t have those issues.

      Unfortunately, because of the way it was practiced people ended up needing a lot of coaching and as participating grew that unpaid coaching made a huge impact on my time during a time of intense elder care.

      It is gratifying to create something and see it grow and see people embrace it. I’m glad to have seen many past students of mine really get it.

      Unfortunately, because of the nuances involved I no longer promote it publicly because I believe people, not understanding and following the guidelines not only miss out on the benefits, but put themselves in the way of damaging their creative process.

      My entire life has been dedicated to promoting creativity and teaching and coaching and helping people find their creative voices.

      Because of that I don’t want people to put themselves in risk and I no longer promote this activity outside a class that is monitored daily. And I have not sanctioned anyone to take up the management of this activity.

      If after reading extensively on this website, you feel comfortable creating your own fake journal for the purposes expressed here I wish you well and hope that you derive all the possible benefits.

      In answer to the broader question about if April 1 (“tomorrow”) is a good day to start a fake journal project? Well, if you follow the guidelines ANY day is a great day to start one.

      I have started fake journals in the middle of months and all seasons of the year, and it was only when I thought about making it a public event that it was settled to make it April, because I like having a creative project in April for reasons discussed on the blog, and the idea of having it start on April Fools Day was appealing.

      I wish you well in all your journaling endeavors.

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