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April 29, 2020

Reduce Fear, but Don't Eliminate it.

Last night, watching the Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber) on TV, I got caught up in the magic of the show. At the end, I felt sad watching so many actors on stage in the Albert Hall in London, and the hall filled with peopl...

April 27, 2020

Everyone Deserves the Benefit-of-the-Doubt - Including Yourself.

It is tough not to be judgmental these days. When Mary and I go walking in the park, we appreciate our fellow walkers who move off to the side, giving us proper social distancing. We provide a lot of space...

April 24, 2020

We Are All First Responders.

I think about how life changed for us after 9/11. Now metal detectors and security checks are common. Last summer, before we could get into Grant Park in Chicago for a concert (Grant Park is like Central Park in New York), we had to pass thr...

April 22, 2020

I’ve Overdosed on Outrage, Anger, and Resentment.

I overdosed on outrage today. In headlines in the news and in comments on social media, everyone seems outraged. Not concerned. Not wanting to offer another opinion. Not looking for common ground or shared interests. Eve...

April 20, 2020

We miss being with each other. 

Yesterday I walked to the Library. I knew it was closed, but I wanted to find out how long it would take me to walk downtown from my house. It is 1.36 miles and took 31minutes and 27 seconds. I enjoyed seeing traffic and other people out...

April 16, 2020

Shopping isn't so much fun anymore.

I used to enjoy grocery shopping. I like to see what’s in the stores, browsing for something I didn't know I even wanted, and finding it is something I can't live without! Now shopping has become an epidemiological nightmare and an et...

April 14, 2020

It Heals Our Toxic Thoughts

Another tiny friend arrives. Sketch: Schoenhofer

Watching the Governor's Press conference, I learned more about the trajectory of this virus.

  1. The “surge” in the virus may not arise for another week. 

  2. The length of the Coronavirus sickn...

April 11, 2020

Anticipatory Grief—The Fearful Worry About What The Future Holds.

An owl visits Calvin. Sketch: Schoenhofer

Today, Mary and I volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. I looked forward to getting out of the house and doing more than take a walk. Mary sewed face...

April 10, 2020

Our Collective Grief-The World is Changing.

Life is changing for Calvin and friends. Sketch: Schoenhofer

Life was different when I was young. I was a free-range kid. In the morning, when I took off on my bike, my mother would remind me to be back for dinner at 5:00PM. I...

April 8, 2020

I Never Imagined Staying At Home Would Be So Difficult.

 Things are growing. Sketch Schoenhofer

On the News every night, I see pictures of healthcare workers overwhelmed with patients, grocery store workers inundated with customers, and truckers who keep the flow of good...

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