Category: COVID

You Are Batty If You Don't Get Vaccinated

A rabid bat. Photo courtesy Chicago Tribune. Did you read the news story? Earlier this month, an 87-year-old man in from Spring Grove died from rabies right here in Lake County. How did this happen? He had been bitten by a bat. The bat was trapped and tested; the testing confirming the bat was infected... Read more »

I Know What's In The Vaccine. It Is Hundreds Of Years of Progress.

Dr. Edward Jenner performing his first vaccination against smallpox on James Phipps, May 14, 1796, oil on canvas by Ernest Board.Credit…DEA Picture Library/Getty Images There is a lengthy meme circulating on Facebook that begins “I’m vaccinated and, no, I don’t know what’s in it.” I’m vaccinated as well, and I want to tell you that... Read more »

COVID-19. A year in the life.

The Corona Virus–one year in. One year. One long, never-ending, never-repeatable year. One year ago I told the story of our shopping trip to Woodman’s, as a maskless, non-socially-distanced, throng filled the aisles and their shopping carts with paper towels and toilet paper and anything else they thought would help them in a long siege.... Read more »

Do I Stay or Do I Go?

  This indecision’s bugging me…The Clash I am standing at the service line, watching as my partner ranges to his right to go after a passing shot that has whizzed past my feebly outstretched racket. It is the first night of my tennis league, my indoor tennis league, and Month 6 of Life During COVID. And I... Read more »

The Speech Trump Should Have Given

February 8, 2020, Washington DC. My fellow Americans: I come to you today with the truth. America is under attack. The attacker is not your neighbor or my political foes. It is not China or Russia, South Korea or Iran. The attacker is a virus, tiny, insidious, and very hard to stop. But working together... Read more »

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

    Empty chairs at empty tables Where my friend will sing no more. Les Miserables Sometimes accidents happen. We really didn’t plan to do it, but when it hit us in the face, we just went ahead and did. Barb and I used to be semi-foodies. We never took pictures of our restaurant meals and... Read more »

COVIDERATA (discovered deep under Stonehenge)

Coviderata Always remember to cover your nose, Or your mask is malarky. You might never again shake someone’s hand, but you may kiss the air around their cheek. George Carlin was half right, those more cautious than you are not maniacs, but those less cautious ARE idiots. Take care in crowded and indoor locations, the person on your... Read more »

Virus Visions. Does the Past Repeat?

I am sitting in our sunroom, beams of light pouring through the jalousie windows. Our cat and a visiting pup alternate turns lying in the sun, neither willing to share space with the other. It is a crystal clear and brilliant day. I should be outside enjoying it before the crushing heat returns. But my stomach has... Read more »

Public Service Ads Through The Years. Keep Going Until The End.

…and the state of things today Like what you read here? Add your name to our subscription list below. No spam, I promise! ___ #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS... Read more »

Disasters are Not New. Why Does This One Feel So Different?

In my seven decades, crises have come and gone…but this one feels different. Is it because we are older, and have grown no wiser?