On Monday, Wake County (NC) students on the traditional calendar went back to school. Like many city/suburban areas, the school board mandated masks for everyone inside school, despite some intense protests by some parents. Last week, my city, Cary (a town outside Raleigh, NC), also imposed a mask mandate within city buildings. That, too, has … More Having Ethical Questions around COVID Vaccinations? Let’s check in with NYT, WaPo, the Mayor, and the Dalai Lama.
Last summer I wrote about how my greatest regret, besides seeing the people I loved, was the cancellation of Summerfest, an outdoors series of music played by the North Carolina Symphony in the Koka Booth Amphitheater. That has been my favorite summer tradition for years and years, and while I realized that it was necessary … More The Sounds of Summer Return
It was quite a busy and emotional weekend for me, as it probably was for many others. On one hand, it was a weekend of endings. For many/most/all? of the public North Carolina college, this was graduation weekend. Many of my son’s childhood friends, who are the children of my friends and usually my former … More A Weekend of Endings and Beginnings
Tonight, for the first time in I don’t know how long, I’m going to a friend’s house for a potluck dinner and meeting with people outside my own household, and…I’m SO EXCITED! The people coming are all 2 weeks+ past our full vaccinations, so we have the CDC’s blessing. Of course, we’ll still be cautious … More What Song(s) Do You Associate With Our Year in Lockdown?
These are the remains of the scones that got devoured warm out of the oven before I took a picture of them. But they were a circle of eight pieces originally. This is the third of my recent posts about looking back over the past year. That is because last year on March 14, 2020, … More Happy Pi Day
It’s been a year since the pandemic REALLY hit most of us. It was this week last year that the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. But is that what made it real for you? I was inspired for this post by an opinion piece by John Paul Brammer in the Washington Post … More When Did You Know?
The morning of the first Friday in March, I went to see a podiatrist. My foot had been hurting, and the next morning my son was returning from college for Spring Break, bringing with him a Japanese exchange student who was graduating and wanted to investigate possible graduate schools in my hometown of Washington DC. … More It’s like déjà vu all over again..except hopefully not
I know when I went for my morning walk yesterday, March 1, that maybe things didn’t look a whole lot like spring. It was warm–in the mid-40s at 7:00–but trees were bare and more rain storms were coming. Still, I knew it was spring. The birds told me. While astrological spring officially starts on March … More Welcome Spring
Last night was the Lunar New Year, and so here we are in the Year of the Ox! My son had quite an evening of it all. It turned out that his college had a two-and-a-half hour Zoom Lunar New Year festival right before his radio show, which featured two hours of pan-Asian music. Because … More Welcome to the Year of the Ox
At 5:30 PM this evening (Tuesday, January 19), the National League of Cities is organizing a national recognition for the victims of COVID-19. Cities across the country, including our local city of Raleigh, will be lighting building in the color of amber in memory of the nearly 400,000 lives lost during the pandemic. Places of … More Amber Hour This Evening to Honor COVID Victims