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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

Fiction, Pandemic diary, Writing

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

humor, new old age

Old age isn’t for sissies and comedians

You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.George Burns If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know I like to laugh and "the new old age" is among my favorite topics. I've written about sex advice for seniors, Social Security, and an embarrassing mishap with my hearing aids.… Continue reading Old age isn’t for sissies and comedians

nature

Never mind the horse, the birds are out of the barn

I've concluded that nature is an ingrate. You drag sprinklers around in the hot sun, spray water (i.e., money) all over the lawn, and end up with weeds and crabgrass. Now, after feeding flying freeloaders (birds) all my life, they're invading my space. They remind me of cable TV salespeople: Give them an inch and… Continue reading Never mind the horse, the birds are out of the barn

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A pandemic diary: One small step for my face

May 20, 2021 To keep up with these changing times, I've decided to dispense with my mask. Not on my actual face, just the one I display on my "platform," the amalgamation of social media, writing, and other sites that make up my online brand. Last year I replaced all my profile pix with new… Continue reading A pandemic diary: One small step for my face

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A pandemic diary: Greatest hits

May 15, 2021 We're not there yet, still have miles to go before we sleep, but the news that vaccinated people can go without masks in most places is the clearest signal yet that we're heading toward the finish line. That led me to think about how we got here, all the ups and downs… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Greatest hits