P.S. We’re still in a pandemic

Dear Reader, My! 2020 is certainly an interesting time to be alive. The presidential election was the longest we have had in a while and, to be honest, it was really distracting! While the candidates were on the campaign trail, the coronavirus situation seemed to be simultaneously getting worse and better. Not too long ago,... Continue Reading →

Not Normal, Not Close

Dear Reader, We have now entered the “new normal” era of the pandemic, but how long will it last? Recently, I ventured out to a restaurant outside of Boston in Arlington called Menotomy (fun fact, the town of Arlington was known as “Menotomy” until 1867). To follow the pandemic health guidelines, we chose outdoor seating.... Continue Reading →

Case by Case

Dear Reader, If you’ve read the news recently, you probably saw that Florida is the new coronavirus hotspot in the U.S.. Specifically, on July 12, the Florida Department of Health reported at least 15,299 new COVID-19 cases for that day — yikes! The coronavirus situation in the U.S. is atrociously bad and you don’t need... Continue Reading →

A Long Road Ahead

Dear Reader, To compare the pandemic to a “war” would be disrespectful to anyone who has actually lived through such a conflict, however, it is important that we understand in the gravest of terms just how serious the ongoing coronavirus situation is. Yesterday, I learned that 41-year old Broadway actor Nick Cordero died from COVID-19.... Continue Reading →

Wet, Hot, Coronavirus Summer

Dear Reader, Where is this coronavirus ‘thing’ headed anyway? This is a great question that you will, of course, not get a straight answer on. As is so often the case in the United States, this country is once again divided on the coronavirus issue. I scanned news articles today and categorized/ summarized the following... Continue Reading →

Pandemics Make the Heart Grow Fonder

Dear Reader, Do you come from a big family? If you are an American, statistically speaking, probably not. In 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the average family consisted of 3.14 persons in 2019, which is tiny, considering the size of the average household in 1850 was around 5.5. I was thinking about these numbers recently... Continue Reading →

It’s Easy Being Green

Dear Reader, According to GreenMatters.com, the coronavirus pandemic has inspired 64% of Americans to live more sustainably. Have you seen yet the pictures of the bright blue skies over some of the world’s most polluted and densely populated cities like New Delhi, Katmandu, and even Paris? While these results were born from unhappy circumstance, I... Continue Reading →

One Way or the Other

Dear Reader, Perspective is everything. Currently, I am reading the memoir Educated by Tara Westover, about a woman who grew up on a farm in Idaho without a formal education. Tara’s family members are devout Mormons whose patriarch believes that the government is run by the Illuminati and that any reliance on the establishment, even... Continue Reading →

The Grass is Greener in New Zealand

Dear Reader, How bad is this coronavirus pandemic? Well, it depends on who you are asking. Through news stories and acquaintances, it has become clear to me that the pandemic is not an all-consuming issue in all parts. Where I am stationed in Massachusetts, we are still under a stay-at-home advisory and are feeling isolated... Continue Reading →

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