I’ve been thinking about the differences between the Spanish Influenza epidemic and ours. A lot of things have changed in the last hundred years. Back then my father was sent to live with his grandparents in the Appalachian mountains since people were less likely to get sick where there were fewer people. While there, he…

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We’re all worried about the economy, for obvious reasons. But I’ve often said it’s strange that money is so important. You can’t eat it. You can’t wear it. You can’t drive it. You can’t build furniture or houses out of it. I suppose you could burn paper money to cook with, but it wouldn’t last…

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Before Earth Day became a national holiday it was originally celebrated in Berkeley, CA in the late 1960s. I worked there at California School for the Deaf and we were having a terrible problem with the kids getting head lice. None of us had even heard of head lice before because they didn’t exist in…

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Since I’m a writer I have an active imagination. I’ve been imagining a science fiction world where people could communicate all over their planet using magical devices that allowed them to actually see and hear each other from thousands of miles away. But they were mysterious when they met in person because everyone who went…

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With all the people getting sick and dying, businesses going bankrupt, people loosing their jobs, and the nasty politics going on it’s easy to become discouraged and depressed. But there are lots of good things happening, too. People all over the world are sharing information to help each other. Nearly everyone is doing their part…

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At first while being on “house arrest” because of the Corona Virus, I felt like I was going stir crazy. Walking my dog around the block and going to a store one early morning a week were not enough contact with other people. But now I’m sort of used to it. I interact with lots…

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Some people in my family have birthdays on holidays. One was born on New Years Day, one was born on both Easter Sunday and April Fools Day. One was born on a holiday that no longer exists, Decoration Day. One was born on the Fourth of July. And one of my grandkids was born 100…

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