There are several previous posts on the COVID Crisis: March 6, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19. I will add material as it comes in, and tend to avoid the kind of material that is covered by television and newspaper news, as it is redundant. Your news is solicited.
Friend Molly periodically sends around some prose and poetry she’s found, and here is her Spring edition: Molly, Spring 2020; Molly 2- The Geese Return (click on images to enlarge). Mine these for some hopeful signs….
March 21 4:25 p.m. Carl sends a link to a TED talk by Bill Gates in March, 2015. 8 minutes, well worth it. Recently Gates retired from Microsoft to devote full-time to issues like that identified in the video. He, I think, “walks the talk”.
Overnight I responded to an e-mail from a cousin: “Re the Virus [COVI-19], all we can do is the best we can do. No guarantees about anything for anybody. I’ll write more in a blog today. This is a time without precedent in our country. We all need to do what we can, not only for ourselves, but for others. We all have to be neighbors of each other, imperfect as that is going to be. Thank you for keeping in touch.”
In the same batch of e-mails was Just Above Sunset, from Los Angeles, authored by a fellow senior citizen who has health issues of his own, and lives in a city and state now on lockdown.
There are abundant signs that we’re making efforts to stay connected. Just one example: my Church, the Basilica of St. Mary, decided to have no in-person Mass this weekend, but will broadcast the 9:30 Sunday Mass live for those who have access to Facebook, Later a video of the same Mass will be posted at the Basilica website.
Stay tuned. I will write more later today.
Mar. 21, 2020, noon. Yesterday I mentioned quarantine of a student at the college I attended in ND. This from a news report in the Fargo Forum. Today, e-mails from two friends reported the same news: the test came back nonpositive.
I took a long walk this morning, outdoors, as I’ve done this week. It is surreal to be in the midst of this crisis, in a large city, and hear birds chirping, and see possibly one or two people walking their dogs. There is another reality not far away, which grips, now, the entire northern hemisphere, it seems. The Southern Hemisphere is on deck.
Todays mail brings an update on what the United Nations is doing, presented by Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary General on YouTube. You can watch it here. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Dujarric here in St. Paul last October. These are high stress times all over the world.
Thursday the 2020 Census form came. It took only a few minutes to fill in. Take the time, and remind others to followthrough as well. It is important.
In an e-mail today, our northern Minnesota friend who grew up in Nazi Germany forwarded an e-mail from a friend in Germany who comes from the community where she grew up, near the Czech Republic, and now lives and works in Leipzig. His e-mail is worth your time. His English is remarkable.
Good Morning and many greetings from Germany,