COVID-19 -- Law enforcement agencies in McHenry, Illinois, want to know if you test positive for COVID-19

COVID-19  -- Law enforcement agencies in McHenry, Illinois,  want to know if you test positive for COVID-19
Is your health privacy disappearing in the name of  COVID-19 safety?  Do you care? In McHenry County, Illinois, a judge has ruled that if you have COVID-19, your name is being sent to law enforcement, reports CNS The Chicago Tribune reported the following: “On Friday, McHenry County Judge Michael Chmiel entered a temporary restraining order... Read more »

COVID-19 Gig Worker Federal Relief -- Illinois delays implementation -- Politics or Incompetence?

Drive for Uber or Lyft?  Freelance writer?  Actor? Business consultant?  Self-employed?   Is your mortgage due? Can’t afford food starting next week? The state of Illinois has about 18 percent of its workforce in the Gig Economy, according to ADP Research. On March 27, the federal government passed a 2-trillion dollar stimulus bill that included provisions... Read more »

COVID-19 Diary -- Chicago-- March 31, 2020 -- Face Masks for All? Who believes WHO?

COVID-19 Diary -- Chicago-- March 31, 2020 -- Face Masks for All?   Who believes WHO?
Today’s Sick-O-Meter lists 5057 cases of COVID-19 today in Illinois.  Actually, I believe those are yesterday’s figures, so we can expect a few hundred more by day’s end. I’ve stopped watching both the federal and state government’s updates on the virus. What’s the point?  My watching is not going to change the outcome or my... Read more »
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Covid-19 Diary -- March 26, 2020 -- Chicago -- Criminal Acts? You decide.

Covid-19 Diary -- March 26, 2020 -- Chicago -- Criminal Acts?  You decide.
Does taking a walk in the park in Chicago become criminal in the age of Covid-19? It hasn’t — yet. But the simple act of getting some fresh air in one of Chicago’s parks and along the lakefront may soon become one, according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot. It’s understandable for people who have houses to... Read more »

Covid-19 -- Chicago -- March 22, 2019 -- The Bells Toll

Today, Sunday,  is the first full day of the order to stay at home to fight the unseen enemy, the Novel Coronavirus and Covid-19. By order of Governor JB Pritzker, we must not leave our houses until April 07, unless it is for essential work, to go to the grocery or to help with a... Read more »

Covid-19 Diary -- March 18, 2020 -- Blood Pressure Medicine & Covid-19

Covid-19 Diary -- March 18, 2020 -- Blood Pressure Medicine  & Covid-19
I was talking to a friend today when she mentioned two close friends of hers are on blood pressure medication. Because I, unfortunately, have been attuned to the Novel Coronavirus outbreak for some time I had logged away in my brain something about the possibility —note, the possibility— of those who take certain types of... Read more »
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Covid-19 Diary --- March 17, 2020--- The Day the Restaurants Closed -- First Death in Illinois-- Who Wants to Get My Mail?

Covid-19 Diary --- March 17, 2020--- The Day the Restaurants Closed -- First Death in Illinois-- Who Wants to Get My Mail?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Bye-bye Apple Pie. The restaurants and bars are observing the first day of being closed to dine-in and drink-in patrons.  You can still get your favorite dish from most restaurants and scurry home and wash your hands for ten minutes, singing “Southside Irish” to yourself,  but the days of dropping in... Read more »

Covid-19 Diary -- Spain & France Lockdown, Walk with the Dead-- March 14, 2020

Covid-19 Diary -- Spain & France Lockdown, Walk with the Dead-- March 14, 2020
Today I only left the house to take a short drive…to nowhere.  It is cold today with snow flurries, so I couldn’t hike outside.  Make that, wouldn’t hike outside on this gray cloudy day. The traffic was heavy.  People were out running normal errands and probably also stocking up on food and supplies.  The last... Read more »

Covid-19 Diary Entries -- March 14, 2021 & March 14, 2020

Covid-19 Diary Entries --  March 14, 2021 & March 14, 2020
After March 14, 2021 It is a year and a day after President Trump declared a “National Emergency”, freeing up 50 billion dollars to fight the new pandemic, Covid-19, caused by the novel Coronavirus.   We in the US and the world are breathing a bit easier, as the new cases of Covid-19 seem to be... Read more »
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Cooper Hawk Family Grove -- Winter Trails; Bat Roost and Deer; Old Man and his beer; Ghost Bicycle; Lone Graves

Cooper Hawk Family Grove -- Winter Trails; Bat Roost and Deer; Old Man and his beer; Ghost Bicycle; Lone Graves
Yesterday was as good a day as any for taking a walk in the snow at Cooper Hawk Family Grove. It’s never very crowded there, even in nicer weather, perhaps because there are no porta-potties or grills or water pumps.  Yesterday was no exception, a Sunday afternoon in the middle of a Chicago-area winter. But... Read more »