Postcards From The Pandemic: ‘I Started To Rethink How I Value Myself’

By Emily Cureton (OPB)
Bend, Ore. June 5, 2020 1:30 p.m.

OPB reporters and photographers are capturing “Postcards from the Pandemic” to document the lived experience of people in the Northwest during this historic and unusual time.

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Restaurants across Oregon are reopening. In Bend’s bustling service industry, popular spots have been packed with customers eager to get back to life as we knew it before the coronavirus. This has workers like Carina Peterson rethinking what it means to be in the service industry.

Peterson was laid off from her job as a cook for two months, and she made more money through unemployment benefits. Now, she’s back at work in a restaurant kitchen, and she sends up this postcard from the pandemic.


Interviewed and recorded by OPB’s Emily Cureton. Original music produced by Bend-based composer Grace Miedziak.

We want to hear about your experience right now, too. You can send us a voice memo. Email postcards@opb.org. And be sure to include your phone number.

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