Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) remains in short supply around the world

Megan Farmer .   IPTC Photo Metadata. Months into the worldwide pandemic, it’s astonishing that there is still a shortage of PPE for health care workers.  As we start the second wave with almost all states seeing a surge of cases, front-line health care workers still don’t have enough PPE to keep them safe from … Continue reading Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) remains in short supply around the world

“We Have Done The Impossible”

The coronavirus pandemic hit New York state harder than almost anywhere else in the world. While everyone was worried about California’s vulnerability with flights coming from China, New York City got surprised by an explosion of COVID-19 cases from infected patients flying in from Europe in mid February. New York City quickly became one of … Continue reading “We Have Done The Impossible”

The Class of COVID-19

For underclassmen, the shortened semester was an irritating disruption. For seniors, it was a total upheaval. There was no closure.   The Class of 2020 hugged their closest friends and scattered back home without so much as a goodbye to many people they had shared many years. Acquaintances who laughed in hallways or swapped inside jokes … Continue reading The Class of COVID-19

Marching for Justice . . . Together

Demonstrators pause to kneel as they march to protest the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Around the world, protests against racist police brutality have arisen. The protests aren’t just for American cases; they’re also highlighting cases in other … Continue reading Marching for Justice . . . Together

I Can’t Breathe

The senseless death of George Floyd while in police custody has left us shaken, angry and wondering how is it possible in our day that another black person in America could die in these circumstances. Hatred and racism have no place anywhere.  While we know about Floyd’s murder because it was videotaped, everyday, racism plays … Continue reading I Can’t Breathe

Spontaneous Mass Homeschooling Creates Challenges, Exposes Inequities

A staggering 1 billion children around the world are now at home instead of school, and will remain there until the danger of coronavirus gets under control. Students were forced  to swap blackboards for Zoom, much to the dismay of parents now compelled to step in as surrogate teachers. The internet is flooded with homeschooling … Continue reading Spontaneous Mass Homeschooling Creates Challenges, Exposes Inequities

Connecting in New Ways

The closure of schools, workplaces and activities across the world has left us feeling detached. With millions of Americans self-quarantining for the foreseeable future, FaceTime, YouTube, Google Hangouts and Zoom have become, seemingly overnight, the gateway to today’s real life.  We can’t see anyone in person, but we can see everyone online instantly—at college lectures … Continue reading Connecting in New Ways

The Irony of Isolation: Connection

Today, many are feeling more connected than ever to their family, friends and community  It’s hard to believe the world has literally stopped.   For the first time in its history, New York City deliberately shut down its entire subway system for deep cleaning.  It doesn’t matter where you live. There’s less traffic and only essential … Continue reading The Irony of Isolation: Connection

Mother’s Day in the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Best Ways to Celebrate and Honor Mom Mother’s Day is the day to really show our appreciation for the unconditional love that our mothers give us every day . . . all year round. And let’s not forget all the chauffeuring, cooking, homework help, and endless piles of dirty dishes and laundry she takes … Continue reading Mother’s Day in the Coronavirus Pandemic

An Outbreak of Altruism

It’s easy to look around and see how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the worst in some people—from those hoarding thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer and fighting over toilet paper to the shocking surges in domestic violence.  Yet time and again, when we’re in crisis, individuals and communities demonstrate that the worst situations … Continue reading An Outbreak of Altruism