Category Archives: COVID-19

Who was that masked man?

I wanted to thank him. tagline from the Lone Ranger TV series. Has a different connotation these days. Older people in Austin, TX are pretty good about having a mask though not always wearing it properly. Younger people in our … Continue reading

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Sign of the Times

I read too much news, trying to get some sense of the way the world is going. People get stupid when they grasp for certainties. Michael Ventura Reading Failed Haiku, a monthly on-line publication, is probably a better way to … Continue reading

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COVID-19: Lament and Anger

Up until recently, the only serious COVID-19 cases I knew of were friends’ relatives I had never met. That changed about a week ago. Last year a good friend, in fact our emergency contact here in Austin, took a bad … Continue reading

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In It for the Long Haul

When COVID-19 first reached Austin, TX and we were asked to wear masks, most of what I saw was disposable masks. Now most places I go require masks and most of them are washable cloth masks. People expect to be … Continue reading

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One Fine Day

“I complete my tasks, one by one. I remove my masks, when I am done..” David Byrne and Brian Eno One Fine Day: David Byrne Performs His Hymn of Optimism and Countercultural Anthem of Resistance and Resilience with the Brooklyn … Continue reading

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Beauty in the Storm

David Brooks preached a sermon in the National Cathedral on July 4, 2020. It is the most powerful sermon I’ve heard in a long time. It’s unswervingly Jesus’ message from the standpoint of the reality on the ground for the … Continue reading

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Uncertainty Prayer

Two weeks ago, I was tested for the SARS-CoV2 virus. The test came back positive with the caveat that they were seeing 10% false positives. I had no symptoms at the time. Now, 15 days after the initial test, I … Continue reading

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Finding Beauty in the Shattered

Today the package arrived with a framed drawing by a very talented niece. The package rattled. Not good. Opening it carefully, this is what we found. A metaphor for our times, how to find the beauty amidst the dangerous shards.

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Nick Cave: What are your plans for the corona pandemic?

Nick Cave (of the Bad Seeds) writes a blog, The Red Hand Files, answering questions from readers, usually several at a time. I don’t know his music, but I like how he thinks. I’m writing an essay on “How I’m … Continue reading

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COVID-19: It’s Personal

On Monday, June 22, I received a positive test for the SARS-CoV2 virus that causes COVID-19 disease. I had no symptoms, but my brother was coming through town and wanted to visit. Usually he stays with us. Is this safe? … Continue reading

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