Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.” ~ Anne Roiphe
A writer named Teodrose Fikremariam wrote this heartfelt piece about his experience over the past year dealing with loss and trauma. Fikremariam is the co-founder and editor of the Ghion Journal. Prior to launching the Ghion Journal, he was a political organizer who once wrote a speech idea in 2008 that was incorporated into Barack Obama’s South Carolina primary victory speech. He is originally from Ethiopia.
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” — Nelson Mandela
In the New York Times, we see goalposts being moved once again:
Covid-19 cases are decreasing in the United States, and masks are no longer required everywhere. Still, the pandemic is not over — and won’t be until younger children can also be vaccinated, epidemiologists said in a new survey by The New York Times.
Dear Prudence: I want to kiss him on the lips and not through a piece of fabric.
I have been married to a great guy for five and a half years. He is handsome, sexy, funny, and kind. It’s true that he has always been a little “prissy” about illnesses, but I never thought it was a real problem. However, during the pandemic, his terror about getting sick has reached new levels. For the last year, he has refused to take off his face mask, even when we are at home — just the two of us. This…
Here is what should happen if there is another lockdown:
Each government official who endorses the idea of shuttering businesses immediately stops receiving a paycheck the minute they force others out of work. There will be no unemployment benefits paid at all — to anyone who is instantly unemployed. In addition, each salary derived from grants for health and health sciences will be suspended. This will mean, the minute those in power decide to put others out of work, they join the ranks of the unemployed. The pain will be shared across the board.
People in government agencies or elected…
Don’t throw out that mask yet — The New York Daily News
Masks should remain with us, becoming part of our everyday lives even as the COVID-19 pandemic, science willing, subsides. We should never fully return to our maskless society where only health care providers donned a mask, because judicious use of masks will continue to save lives.
“Following The Science” yesterday but deliberately ignoring public health officials today seems like a mantra to describe fundamentally neurotic paranoid behavior. People who promote endless panic and nonsensical behavior like this seem to be anti-social, unreasonable, and illogical. Pieces like this are detrimental to the greater civic good — which is the promotion of economic prosperity, mental well-being, better physical health, and public safety.
Why are these people being lionized in the press? They should be castigated. We need to push back on all of this.
Every month I come here and I hear the same thing: social, emotional health. If you truly mean that, you would end the mask requirement tonight. Tonight! This is not March 2020 anymore. We have three vaccines, every adult in the state of Georgia that wants that vaccine is eligible to get it right now, and every one of us knows that young children are not affected by this virus. They’re not. And that’s a blessing.
But as the adults, what have we done with that blessing? We’ve showed it to the side and we said, “We don’t care…