Love in the time of coronavirus distancing

Douglas Graham/Loudoun Now It’s wedding season, but large gatherings aren’t permitted, few people are flying and most venues are closed for business. And the few weddings that have dared to violate state guidelines, have proven the immense risk of bringing your nearest and dearest together -- like the wedding in Maine in August that resulted … Continue reading Love in the time of coronavirus distancing

Lightning “fire siege” in Northern California destroys property and lives

Lightning illuminates the sky over the Bay Bridge - Carlos Avila Gonzalez, SF Chronicle, Associated Press On August 17th, lightning strikes started what was originally hundreds of fires across Northern California. Twenty thousand lightning strikes ignited the dry vegetation from an earlier record-breaking heatwave, sparking fires not just in Northern California, but all over the … Continue reading Lightning “fire siege” in Northern California destroys property and lives

Small businesses need our help now!

Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Shutterstock - A city block in the SoHo section of New York City remains empty due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Coronavirus Outbreak, New York, USA - 17 Mar 2020 Over the past few months, I’ve missed my daily greetings and interactions with the small coffee shops and delis in my neighborhood. These … Continue reading Small businesses need our help now!

Our environment has improved, thanks to coronavirus

Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images With billions of people around the world under stay-at-home measures, one unexpectedly positive consequence is how this has affected the environment. Stay at home orders have reduced pollution and replenished wildlife around the globe. The air is clearer, waters are cleaner and wild animals are reclaiming natural habitats.  … Continue reading Our environment has improved, thanks to coronavirus

Giving birth and overcoming new challenges during COVID-19

Creator: Leo Patrizi Penn Magazine Though most day-to-day life is suspended due to COVID-19, one thing can’t be put on pause: childbirth.  On average, more than 10,000 babies are born every day in the United States.  Preparing for labor in the best of times is nerve-wracking, but coronavirus has meant pregnant women face additional challenges … Continue reading Giving birth and overcoming new challenges during COVID-19

The Long Road of Injustice

ABC news I witnessed hateful behavior at my daughter’s high school graduation last week. We were at her drive-in graduation, watching the live ceremony happening a few yards away on a jumbo screen while listening on our radios. A parent rolled down his window and loudly heckled commencement speakers when they alluded to anything about … Continue reading The Long Road of Injustice

COVID-19 can’t stop the music

Guglielmo Mangiapane / Reuters The pandemic has sent the world into turmoil and there’s no clear sign of when (or if) life will go back to “normal.” The current challenges have no borders and every country worldwide is faced with them. Thankfully there’s one universal language—music—that’s providing calm to help with the anxiety, fear, anger … Continue reading COVID-19 can’t stop the music

Connecting through (and in spite of) our masks

Now that the world is wearing masks, we are successfully mitigating health risks but quickly losing one important aspect of our lives: smiles.   The world seems a little less friendly when we’re wearing face coverings. Interactions with masks feel distant. I find it harder to read the emotional cues of other people. And with strangers, … Continue reading Connecting through (and in spite of) our masks

Humanizing COVID care

NBC News Patients are facing very isolating experiences when they are admitted into the hospital now. They have minimal human contact and physical touch from their providers and much more isolation, due to the “no visitor” rule.  And the amount of PPE required to keep a medical worker safe has created a physical barrier to … Continue reading Humanizing COVID care

What does Independence Day mean?

(Photo: Emilio Morenatti, AP) This Fourth of July, the celebration of U.S. values—freedom, unity and democracy—felt very different. But not just because of COVID. It is hard to celebrate a country that feels so unsettled and divided. Every major city has experienced racial protests. Unemployment has soared. The economy is sputtering. And Americans don’t even … Continue reading What does Independence Day mean?