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?

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