Grab him by the ballots…

What a time! With Halloween this weekend, and followed by Election Day… It’s hard to know which is scarier. Halloween, celebrated each year on October 31st, has predictable features — skeletons, monsters, masks, and treats (similarities seemingly shared with political office holders). The Halloween tradition started with Samhain, an ancient Celtic fire festival at the…

The Sound of Kids Playing Together

With some schools open and everyone walking on edge trying to navigate these rough pandemic waters, it is such a joy to see children playing together again. Walking the tight rope between preventing transmission of COVID, preventing social isolation, stunted development of social skills and loneliness, schools are cautiously open, most with a hybrid between…

Right in front of your nose

When we lived in Tampa, a hurricane was forecast. The usual buildup preceded its arrival: shopping for essential supplies, securing potential projectiles, monitoring evacuation orders. We were aware of the predictions about the storm’s timing, path and strength but planned to shelter in place. My husband’s impending deployment took precedence over the weather.  When we…

A threshold moment

  The last trip we made before the world shut down was to New York City, spending Leap Day 2020 in Times Square. Planes, trains and elevators — close quarters without contact precautions. From Reagan National, we flew to Newark Airport, took the Airtrain and a NJ transit train to Penn Station in NYC. We…

Fun with History

With only bad news surrounding us, it is our serious obligation to set aside time to laugh and have fun. Surviving this virus depends upon it. Our lives depends upon it. This is not an exaggeration. ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ is a maxim we have all heard, and need to take to heart. I…