Corona Victories

The military is a bastion of acronyms. One of them – VUCA – has been adopted by others, including business and medicine. VUCA stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. It certainly applies to the turbulent times we are living in: facing an invisible enemy and an uncertain path forward. Look back just a few…

Choose your risks

I admit – I was late to the party. Magazines go into my bag to be read while waiting in line to enter the grocery store. I happened to come across “The Risks of Homeschooling” last week. When I sent my daughter-in-law a link to the article, she mentioned the article had “rocked” the homeschooling…

In a time of plague…

Mother Nature has hit the “RESET” button — no more same old, same old. We can wallow in denial or delusion, or face facts and figure out how to proceed. In the United States on May 1, 2020, over a million people have been reported to be infected with coronavirus, with almost 62, 000 deaths.…

The good. The sad. The stupid.

During the past weeks of COVID, it’s been like someone took a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle and tossed the pieces up into the air. And for good measure burned the box with its cover image of what the completed puzzle looks like…. The pandemic has uncovered fault lines, predicaments of unsustainability and short-sightedness. The virus starts…

A Game Changer

We’re all connected. What you do affects me. We’re all in this together. Everyone has a role to play, even if it’s just maintaining a safe distance to keep infections at bay. We’re all trying to make do. We are dealing with a do-it-yourself (DIY) response and learning on the fly. A disaster shakes things…

Before Cloistering, Immersion

Before “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” became commonplace terms… Before closings and cancellations… Before the hoarding of toilet tissue, hand sanitizer, and water bottles… We had one last hurrah. You never know when the last time will be last, until you look back. It seems much longer than less than two weeks ago… To…

Giving up for Lent

When I was a child, I remember Lent as a time for “giving up,” which generally meant refraining from consuming something tangible like candy or soda. Since we didn’t have everyday access to such treats, giving them up was not much of a sacrifice. The forty days of Lenten preparation are like New Year’s resolutions…