coronavirus, Covid 19 pandemic, life

A pandemic diary: Deuce

March 8, 2021 My second dose went in just fine. I didn't feel anxious about being in a crowd at the clinic, like the first time. Best of all, I dodged the onerous side effects that sometimes come with round 2: no chills, fatigue, fever, or muscle aches. My arm itches a little but isn't… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Deuce

coronavirus, Covid 19 pandemic, life

A pandemic diary: One down

February 17, 2021 Photo by RF._.studio on Pexels.com As of last week, I'm among the ranks of the half-protected, a lot luckier than many of us because I didn't have to scramble for vaccine. My regular medical provider emailed me to ask if I needed it, confirmed I was eligible ten days later, and two… Continue reading A pandemic diary: One down

Covid 19 pandemic, depression, life, new old age

State of the (re)union

Though we've just plunged into 2021, I'm already musing about an unwelcome milestone coming in '22: my fiftieth high school class reunion. I have no intention of going, yet it's looming on my mental horizon like a lake freighter with a cargo of memories, most of which I'd just as soon forget. That period wasn't… Continue reading State of the (re)union

2020 election, Covid 19 pandemic, humor, life, music

A pandemic diary: Letter to younger self

October 16, 2020 You've probably heard of and maybe indulged in the exercise of writing a letter to your younger self. The idea is to take stock, reflect, set down the big lessons of the past, and promise to live by them in the future. That's all well and good, but I've already made a… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Letter to younger self

Fiction, hometown, life, Writing

Another new short story!

Remember the band The Dead Milkmen? Even if you weren't around in their heyday, you've probably heard the joke and urban legend that gave rise to the name. Only what if it wasn't just a joke? Did your placid suburban neighborhood have a Lothario prowling the streets at dawn, delivering more than milk and cottage… Continue reading Another new short story!

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A pandemic diary: Take a load

September 5, 2020 When you're staying home on Labor Day weekend with no football, it helps to have music, the kind that resonates in the heart, that's steered you through tough times before. I've been switching between the now-virtual Detroit Jazz Festival, where I've gone in person three times, and the wild party on WWOZ,… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Take a load

coronavirus, Covid 19 pandemic, hometown, life, nature, Pandemic diary

A pandemic diary: Change and perseverance

August 27, 2020 I was sitting in traffic the other day when a dragonfly dropped out of the sky right in front of the windshield. It hovered like a Blackhawk, wings beating impossibly fast, before zipping away out of sight; their average speed is about ten miles an hour but they can get up to… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Change and perseverance

coronavirus, Covid 19 pandemic, life, music

A pandemic diary: Watching and waiting

August 7, 2020 As you might know, Michelle Obama has said she’s dealing with low-level depression over the pandemic, racial strife, and the Trump administration. She's far from alone: more than a third of us are believed to be suffering from mental distress, but numbers are abstract, impersonal. It's different when it's you and me.… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Watching and waiting

coronavirus, Covid 19 pandemic, life, new old age

A pandemic diary: Now it’s personal

August 4, 2020 In less than 24 hours last week I learned that two friends have the virus, one in a hospital, the other recovering at home. I worry about these good people and can't do much for them except hope. I knew it was only a matter of time before the monster struck inside… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Now it’s personal