What is there left to say about the events of this week? The vicious death of George Floyd; the ensuing surge of protests across the country in denunciation of his death at the hands of Minneapolis police; the President’s reaction, unleashing the US military and calling on authorities to ‘dominate the streets,’ capped off by … Continue reading Ho Hum Racism
In my twenties, when something unexpected occurred, I’d often respond by writing a poem—I even had a few published. Life intervened, and I never really pursued the craft. But the emotions that have arisen during the pandemic have caused me to revisit this medium. There have been a million moments prompting a wide range of … Continue reading Nurse in a Garbage Bag
The big flap in the media this week—surprise—was in response to a comment made by the President. This time, it was his declaration—apparently a surprise to many of his closest aids—that he is taking hydroxychloroquine as “another layer of protection” against the coronavirus. This, despite the fact that there’s no scientific evidence that the drug … Continue reading “I’m Taking It”–Seriously?
Maybe it’s because I’m a New Yorker. Maybe it’s my political leanings. Maybe it’s due to a deep and longstanding distaste for short-sighted selfishness. But, until recently, it has been easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys in the coronavirus lockdown. The teams were clearly drawn. Led by the incredible bravery and … Continue reading Good Guys and Bad Guys
This week has seen ongoing horror in the continuing spread of the coronavirus. Devastating outbreaks in nursing homes, meat packing plants and prisons haunt the airways. New models show dramatically higher estimates in expected deaths, up to 135,000 lives in the US alone—twice what was predicted just two weeks ago. Tensions have risen as protesters … Continue reading Shaping the Future