Aging / Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Elderly / Kindness & Compassion / Mask-wearing / Pandemic / Public Health

Coronavirus: Do old lives really matter?

Old lives matter if we cherish and protect them. But do we really cherish and protect them when there is a shortage of personal protective equipment and tests at nursing homes? Many have already died, but must even more die? Do old lives truly matter if our community doesn’t have a mask mandate or enforce … Continue reading

Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Family / Generosity / Happiness / Healing / Love

Looking for the silver linings during the coronavirus

The pandemic raging out of control, with 1 million new US infections in just 16 days and nearly 150,000 deaths. Unrest in major cities still reeling from the death of George Floyd and the conflicts between protesters and federal agents in Portland. Millions of Americans worried about the looming loss of unemployment benefits and the … Continue reading

Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Mask-wearing / Public Health / Social distancing

Be a supermarket hero: Wear your mask!

Some say they wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a mask in public. Some say it’s an issue of personal freedom. You know, a First Amendment argument. You can’t argue against ignorance, but what if our open-faced neighbors knew that wearing a mask could save the life of their favorite grocery cashier? More than 100 grocery … Continue reading

Aging / Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Friendship / Kindness / Pandemic

Phone chats take us out of isolation — if only for 24 minutes

I had just spent 24 minutes on the phone with my friend, a fellow baby boomer, when I saw the New York Times article on April 9. Americans are phoning in record numbers during this terrible pandemic. My friend had suffered numerous bouts with pneumonia and was cut off from her children and grandchildren to … Continue reading

Aging / Building Harmony / Cancer Survivor / Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Friendship / Generosity / Kindness & Compassion / Social distancing

Thriving with coronavirus: My 7-step purpose plan

Others have returned to work, and I’m still self-isolating during the coronavirus outbreak. No complaints, mind you, because I’ve found ways to stay sane and to stay connected with others. I have a seven-point action plan that has brought fresh purpose to my life, and maybe it will yours. Here goes: Lift others’ spirits. Call … Continue reading

Building Harmony / Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Generosity / Kindness / Pandemic / Unity

Coronavirus: Corporate heroes deserve patronage

What do the nation’s airlines and Burger King have in common? They are among the selfless companies helping America in time of need – during the throes of the coronavirus. The airlines, including JetBlue, United and Delta, transported volunteer doctors and nurses free of charge to the worst COVID–19 hot spots in America – New … Continue reading

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

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