Column: Tender Times

Do you feel tears sting your eyes at the weirdest times? Say when the register guy at Trader Joe’s says, “You’re so energetic! Thanks for bagging!” A lump in your throat and yes, tears. Covid has left many of us emotionally volatile, tender as newborns. It’s an affliction, this pandemic, stretching Continue reading “Column: Tender Times”

Column: American Covid Deaths Break Records

America broke a century-old record last week for deaths caused by a pandemic. The prior record of 675,000 dead was achieved by the so-called “Spanish” flu that spread across our nation from 1918 to 1920.  As of the week of Sept. 20, the Covid-19 virus had more than 680,293 American Continue reading “Column: American Covid Deaths Break Records”

Column: With All Due Respect

A member of Congress from Arkansas acknowledged last week that vaccines and mask-wearing were good ideas. As the delta variant of Covid-19 filled hospitals across his state and his constituents noticed that their neighbors were filling those hospitals, and the morgues therein, this Continue reading “Column: With All Due Respect”

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

The baseball legend Yogi Berra noted that “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over” in connection with the 1973 pennant race. This observation has inspired many to keep fighting in the face of almost certain failure. In 2020 the fight has been against a virus that seems intent on killing or Continue reading “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over”