Last weekend I picked up a copy of the Portland Tribune with the headline “COVID Silver Linings.” It made me think: Have you found any silver linings? Have I? Here are a few of Portland’s:
California is opening up and we are so ready. Smiles, hugs, and singing feel so good!. But I can’t help asking, as Cole Porter once wrote: “Is it for all time or simply a lark? Is it Granada I see or only Asbury Park?” Whether this is at long last the end or simply a breathing space, I’ll take it for as long as it’s here.
In just two days, on June 15, 2021, things are going to be different, according to the governor of California. Those pesky rules that have kept us apart and hidden our smiles are going to be gone. Well, not all of them, but most of them. Some of them, anyway.
Saturday, May 29, 2021 Stop the presses! — New variant in Vietnam? Just saw this on Twitter and I had Continue reading
One year ago I wrote a piece called “Change” about the promise of vaccine clinical trials and summer reopenings, versus the possibility of summer (2020) COVID surges. The article ended: “What we don’t know is, will May of 2020 be part of the beginning, the middle, or the end?”
Saturday, May 15, 2021 Today I’m lucky to be in in Florida—the other sunshine state. The occasion is my granddaughter’s Continue reading
A few months ago the talk was about which vaccines were in clinical trials, which were approved for emergency use, and when they would be available. Next we worried about who was eligible and how to get our shots. Now, five months into the vaccination rollout, we have had enough time and experience to move forward in the areas of efficacy, improvements, and accessibility.
Unprecedented! If there’s one thing we can agree on, it’s that we are living in unprecedented times. And it’s all because of the pandemic. As a historian, I tend to be skeptical of that description. I would argue that we have had it all before: widespread disease, bitter political conflict, economic uncertainty, you name it. But