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The power of 'inspiration rocks' in south Reno to uplift during the pandemic

Saddle Ridge
During the pandemic, inspirations rock have been scattered across Saddle Ridge at Damonte Ranch by neighborhood children. (Chris Murray/NSN)

I've been one of the lucky ones during the coronavirus pandemic.

I don't know a single person who has gotten the infection, let alone die from it. Neither my wife nor I have lost our jobs, as Nevada Sports Net has powered forward while my wife has continued as a nurse, a real hero. Plus, I'm used to working from home, as I have for the last two-plus months, while helping educate my kids. I did so for the first couple years of my son's life.

So this has been a return to the old norm for me. It has certainly created some challenges as I try and juggle producing my usual amount of content while helping two children progress academically, which can be a tricky balance because you don't want to feel like you're neglecting your children or your work responsibilities. But in the grand scheme of things, I've been fortunate. No health strain. No financial strain. No mental anxiety. I understand not everybody has been that lucky.

And for those who needed a little pick-me-up in our neck of the woods, my neighbors have provided that. When the pandemic started, I began noticing special rocks scattered throughout my neighborhood, Saddle Ridge at Damonte Ranch. We'll call them "inspiration rocks." Some have uplifting messages, others were painted animals or flowers, all of them made me smile. Trapped inside my house all day, the rocks gave me something to look forward to during walks with our dog, Ripley. My kids starting looking for them on bike rides like an Easter egg hunt.

I decided to start taking pictures of the rocks when I saw them, and figured I'd post them here in case you needed a little inspiration as we reopen our economy and hopefully get back to "normal." Below are a handful of the inspiration rocks. You can click through all of photos on the gallery at the top of the page. I hope you like them as much as we do (I, of course, had to start with the M&Ms rock).

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