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Cheers to another week of doing our best. At this point, Zoom, Blue Jeans or Google Hangout is your norm. For many, it's your only "human" interaction. And for all of us, the ease with which we have adopted these virtual platforms far exceeds that of any other technology, ever. Websites, email and apps are stitched deeply into the fabric of our lives, yet none has had the overnight success of Zoom. Just like that, we are meeting, dating, dining and demonstrating how to make everything from origami to cupcakes on screens. We've seen industries like real estate, which is traditionally reliant on face-to-face interaction, pivot to online platforms. Compass Development launched with the intention of disrupting the industry by focusing on technology. Today, they're uniquely positioned to take you from home tours to closing with the tap of an app. Furniture stores like Switch Modern, which sells super high-end Italian designs that require weeks and even months to ship, are offering quickship on select products that you can receive in days. Others who are killing it on screens? We're cheering on Dad's Garage for daily programming on Twitch. We're loving Flux Projects's six-week video series featuring the likes of Micah and Whitney Stancell, OkCello and Anne Corbitt. Tune in TOMORROW for the next installment. We've had a blast on Jackson Fine Art's Instagram Lives every Friday at 5 p.m. And we're inspired by Helping Mamas' Tuesday Instagram Lives, which we kicked off this past week with founder Jamie Lackey and media personality Emily Foley With Mother's Day on the horizon, Helping Mamas has pivoted its bare-bone staff to accommodate the explosive needs of families in Georgia. As the sole baby supply bank in the state, Helping Mamas has distributed 64,812 diapers and 90,564 period products in just under four weeks, compared to one third of that in March and April of 2019. One way you can help this amazing organization and gift something lovely to mom is by shopping Kendra Scott THIS weekend. Enter GIVEBACK7127 into the "coupon code" section at checkout, and Kendra Scott will donate 20% of sales to Helping Mamas. Another is through the Front Porch Project, the latest viral fundraiser where a photographer shoots your family on your porch – at a socially responsible distance and with all necessary precautions – and a portion of the fee goes to the charity. Pop star Hillary Duff is doing her part to help. Her company, Happy Little Camper is donating baby products to nonprofit Baby2Baby, whose national network includes Helping Mamas. Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We've seen countless reports of nature rebounding as we humans stay off roads. NASA is asking folks to post pictures with the hashtag the hashtag #EarthDayAtHome. We even found an owl in our backyard! Venice's canals are clear, coyotes are cruising in San Francisco, peacocks are dancing in the streets of Mumbai and wild boar are hanging out in Barcelona. But, not all this news is good. Wildlife conservation parks in Africa are in dangerous peril from the massive drop in tourism. The fear is that the displaced park workers may actually turn to poaching animals with horns to survive. Even our own Zoo Atlanta is struggling with multi-million-dollar losses, resulting in staff lay-offs and pay cuts. Still, Zoo Atlanta CEO Raymond King trusts that the community will not give up support of this Atlanta treasure. Remember: we're all doing our best and we're all in this together. If you need some laughs, we leave you with this link to Leslie Jordan's Insta. You're welcome!