It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. ~Charles Darwin Congratulations! A year into the pandemic and so many of us have managed to survive this major disruption to our way of life. My heart breaks for those . . .
Now that many of us are vaccinated against Covid we may be wondering if we should mask, still. I am here to remind you that the public health answer is YES. Public health officials want us to continue to mask. The pandemic is still with us. Despite our vaccinations, we can still catch and transmit . . .
I don't know about you, but I can't over-estimate how much I've learned over this past very difficult year. Congratulations! For those of us who made it through the pandemic and all its challenges, a big pat on the back. We made it and if you followed recommended public health practices to stay . . .
The incivility of the world around us gets to me, I have to admit. The chasms between us seem infinitely huge. How did we lose the important traits of friendship, love, brotherhood? When I think about how far apart so many of us are today, it makes me sad for our world. And the next . . .
"There have always been idiots," my husband said on our morning walk. "But until the advent of social media, they've never had a platform." We were discussing some of the crazy (and what would have once been considered completely ridiculous) ideas that have taken hold among a certain segment of our . . .
I was not gifted with tact. But I was given the ability to draw inferences. To look ahead and see that If X happens then Y is likely to occur. I was not gifted with patience. But I did get a certain dogged (some might call it stupid) endurance. Because it always seems to me that the logic is . . .
I am a person who needs her space. I have always been that person. Always. When my writing class laments the solitude of writing, I celebrate it. When class members want to get together online to write and then chat a little, in between our solitary writing sessions, my feelings are a mix of FOMO . . .
I woke up this morning and knew without a doubt---felt to my deepest core--- that the world had changed and there will be no going back to how it was. No going back. Our world, as we knew it, is gone forever. It brought me to tears. Our nation is splintered, our representative democracy gravely . . .
There seem to be two ways people deal with Covid information: ignorance is bliss or knowledge is power. I am in the second camp. This is not a disease like any other. It is not like the flu. It is five times as likely to kill as the flu. It can have debilitating long lasting effects. How long? . . .
I'm shocked. No, I really am. My social media feeds are filled with people who celebrated the holidays with travel and/or family gatherings. Each is under the illusion that they had taken appropriate precautions. If they were being honest with themselves, they'd admit that the only truly effective . . .