Stranger in a Familiar Land

Dear Reader, I am geographically repressed. Since the start of the pandemic lockdowns in Massachusetts until yesterday (aka about 115 days), I had literally only visited one establishment. In this time period, I have paced near endlessly up and down the hallways of my apartment building and have strolled outside in the open air. While... Continue Reading →

When Life Gives You Gym Shorts

Dear Reader, Along with baking (more here), I seem to have picked up another kind of fun pandemic activity — mask making. I must stress the words “kind of fun,” because, half the time, sewing for me is just finding myself at the wrong end of the needle or undoing mis-strewn threads. Regardless, I am... 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 →

The Crisis as an Opportunity

Dear Reader, We’re almost exactly halfway into the year 2020! I don’t want to be that annoying person, but… how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If you did make resolutions this year, this is a reminder to check in on your goals. I annually make resolutions and try to stick to them; however,... 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 →

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