Coronavirus / COVID-19 / First Amendment / Pandemic / Politics / Public Health

Coronavirus — My money’s on Germany, New Zealand & South Korea

As the administration waffled on the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak, other countries acted swiftly and decisively to protect the health and well-being of their citizens and have managed to keep the death rate down dramatically. Widespread testing, business closings and restrictions on everyday interactions were put into place, and these leaders never backtracked or … Continue reading

Aging / Coronavirus / Humor / Pandemic / Quirky / Social distancing

Coronavirus — The sneeze heard ‘round my world

I entered the small post office branch on a lazy Sunday afternoon in late March. It looked deserted. Lucky me, I thought, since I’m freaking out over the coronavirus. Maybe I could get in and out without getting infected. I wore gloves but no mask. (CDC advisory had not yet changed.) But I wasn’t alone … Continue reading

Coronavirus / Family / Friendship / Happiness / Joy / Pandemic / Turning point

Coronovirus times: At last, no training wheels!

An extended family I befriended in my neighborhood includes a 5-year-old girl just learning to ride her bicycle. I have become acquainted with her parents, grandparents and uncle, but have had no success striking up a conversation with her – until yesterday. Yesterday came the horrific news that 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die of … Continue reading

Coronavirus / Family / Humor / Satire / Social distancing

How I came to spray my wife with Lysol (Sorry, honey!)

Okay, okay, before you start judging me, let me explain. We are husband and wife, sure, but we live in entirely different worlds. It’s riskier for me. I’m in self-isolation, 71, a cancer survivor with radiation and hormone therapy in my treatment history. Immune system?  Compromised, naturally. So, I spend my days searching the web … Continue reading

Building Harmony / Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Nature / Songbirds

Coronavirus times: Mockingbird and me

Self-isolation has taken away a lot from us, but not Mother Nature. Go for a walk and enjoy the outdoors. You may be surprised at what you’ll discover. Yesterday, I ran into a mockingbird perched on a neighbor’s car. This proud, talented creature was serenading the neighborhood a mere three feet away. I feebly whistled … Continue reading