Covid 19 pandemic, life, Pandemic diary

A pandemic diary: Useful terms

September 9, 2021 Limbo. The word originated with the Latin limbus, meaning boundary or border. In Catholic theology it's the place between heaven and hell, for those who die in original sin but aren't among the damned in the underworld. It has nothing to do with the dance shown below, though it feels like the… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Useful terms

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A pandemic diary: Writer on duty. Call now.

August 24, 2021 Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com Friends, have I got an offer for you. Because SEO isn't my specialty, I'm asking you to share this post with your network immediately. Don't sweat: I won't steer you wrong. This is the real deal, but for reasons I'll explain directly, y'all need to act… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Writer on duty. Call now.

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A pandemic diary: Afflictions past and present

August 19, 2021 Martha Carrier's marker at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial On this day 329 years ago, Martha Carrier was taken in a cart to Gallows Hill in Salem, where she and four men were hanged after being convicted in the infamous witch trials. A poor woman with an independent spirit, she'd previously drawn… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Afflictions past and present

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A pandemic diary: At the crossroads

August 10, 2021 I have some big choices to make: Compassion or fury? Hatred or empathy? Resilience or hopelessness? Depression or mere frustration? If you haven't guessed, these are the emotions and impulses rolling around my brain like surfers on a big wave, in light of the ghastly upsurge in Covid cases, hospitalizations, and now… Continue reading A pandemic diary: At the crossroads

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A pandemic diary: Un-unmasking

July 28, 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMi7zrrvqEw My daily life won't be affected by the disheartening but necessary call for vaccinated people in many places to wear masks indoors again. I never stopped using an N95 in public areas, both out of respect for others and to extend my personal shield as far as possible. I take no… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Un-unmasking

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A pandemic diary: Back into your life it will creep

July 22, 2021 Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Among the current flood of bad news is the word that a few fully vaccinated people are testing positive. According to this widely-cited study, their most common symptoms are headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, and loss of the sense of smell. I got my second dose… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Back into your life it will creep

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A pandemic diary: Delta blues

July 9, 2021 It's official: #CovidIsNotOver, not with that hashtag and the picture above suddenly trending on Twitter. I knew the pandemic was still with us, but am feeling whipsawed by the confusing information and "guidance" coming from everywhere, and suspect I'm not the only one. Let's see if we have all this straight. The… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Delta blues

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A pandemic diary: Die hard, live longer

June 24, 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO9HO3_heuQ We just bought a fresh batch of N95s. We're not making travel plans. Takeout remains the order of the day (pun intended) and "eating in" means our own table. Actually, we often dine on the deck, looking out on a leafy street with bluebirds flying around and the temperature hovering in… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Die hard, live longer

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A pandemic diary: New story, new times

June 21, 2021 My new short story is out, published by Flora Fiction in their literary magazine. The story, "Country Dark," (on page 49 of the issue posted here), is about a young woman in an isolated rural home, desperate to escape a violent, abusive man. The theme of this edition of the magazine is… Continue reading A pandemic diary: New story, new times