Column: Lightning

Benjamin Franklin was fascinated by lightning. The famous portrait of him flying a kite in a thunderstorm with a young boy running in the background gets many details wrong, including the fact that the boy was his fully grown son, but it captures his curiosity and originality.  One Continue reading “Column: Lightning”

Too Little. Too Late.

At last, the end is in sight.  No, I am not referring to the Covid-19 pandemic. I am referring to 2020, the year that gave birth to a new vocabulary for Americans, including such terms as pandemic fatigue, Covid deniers, mask refusers, stimulus package, and excess mortality. We have Continue reading “Too Little. Too Late.”

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”

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