Life in the Time of COVID-19: How One Man’s Indifference (Trump’s) Has Shaped America’s Response to the Global Pandemic

Hello, there, Dear Reader. As I start this post, it’s 1:32 PM Eastern on Friday, November 13, 2020. Outside, the temperature is 82˚F (28˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 70% and the wind blowing at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 87˚F (31˚C). Today’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies –Continue reading “Life in the Time of COVID-19: How One Man’s Indifference (Trump’s) Has Shaped America’s Response to the Global Pandemic”

Election 2020: Fear, Divisiveness, and Unlogic in the Time of COVID-19

Hello, there, Dear Reader. Greetings from New Hometown, Florida, where – for the moment, anyway – it’s beginning to look like autumn. Or for what passes as “autumn” in the subtropics. Currently, the temperature outside is 70˚F (21˚C) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at 94% and a becalmed wind of 0 MPH (2 KM/H),Continue reading “Election 2020: Fear, Divisiveness, and Unlogic in the Time of COVID-19”

Life in The Time of COVID-19: Seven Months In, and No End in Sight*

* Author’s note: The “seven months” figure is based on when Florida began its “lockdown” or “quarantine” period. For us, it began sometime in mid-March of 2020. The first outbreaks of COVID-19 started in February. If you go by that, then it’s eight months rather than seven, depending on your interpretation of the event. Well,Continue reading “Life in The Time of COVID-19: Seven Months In, and No End in Sight*”

Musings & Thoughts for September 24, 2020: If Time Travel Were Possible….

Thoughts & Musings for Thursday, September 24, 2020 Hello again, Dear Reader. In my neck of Florida it is mid-morning on a humid and hot day in the early fall of 2020. According to my phone’s AccuWeather app, the temperature outside is 75˚ F under partly cloudy skies, but with 86% humidity and an east-southeasterlyContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for September 24, 2020: If Time Travel Were Possible….”

Documentary Series Review: ‘The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’ (2017)

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick Produced and Directed by: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick Written by: Geoffrey C. Ward Original Air Date(s): September 17-28, 2017 The Vietnam War drove a stake right into the heart of America. It polarized the country as it had probably never been polarized since beforeContinue reading “Documentary Series Review: ‘The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’ (2017)”

Life in the Time of COVID-19: Stupidity and Craven Disregard for Public Health …Two Things That Irk Me

Today the U.S. reached another unhappy milestone in the novel coronavirus pandemic: as of 4:30 this afternoon, 78,469 Americans – young, middle-aged, and elderly; rich, poor, famous and not famous – have died from COVID-19 in a four-month period. By way of comparison, the bloodiest post-World War II conflict in U.S. history resulted in 58,220Continue reading “Life in the Time of COVID-19: Stupidity and Craven Disregard for Public Health …Two Things That Irk Me”

“These Times Try Men Souls…” Life in the COVID-19 Era

How will history remember how the United States and its government responded to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the first half of the year 2020? Will we – and the Administration of one Donald John Trump – be remembered as the Americans who faced a serious crisis with unity, determination, and courage? Or will we be consigned to the ash heap of history