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…

An Old Fashioned Independence Day…

Baking a red, white and blue flag pie. Raising the flag. Decorating picnic tables with Red, White and Blue napkins. This year our choices for celebrating the Fourth of July are limited. Many of our favorite community and government-sponsored events have been canceled. There will be no parades, concerts, craft fairs or seafood festivals. Social…

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…

A creation story in three acts

Many cultures invent creation stories to transmit how it all began. You may be familiar with Adam and Eve and the garden. Depending on your belief system, you might consider it historically accurate or a myth. We’re currently dealing with a different creation story –  a virus. Act 1: Once upon a time… It seemed…