Category Coronavirus

Grinch Christmas

The call came Monday morning, just as I sat down at my kitchen table to work. My hairdresser informed me that someone who was present when I was in her chair tested positive for COVID-19. I felt panic seize my chest and immediately broke out in hysterics. I clearly remember that woman, who stopped to […]

Winter Wonder Land

It snowed here last week and I still can’t get used to the sight of it. Which is strange, because in earlier years, we’d have tons of it by now. But over the past ten years it seems that the white blanket that began to coat the hills and valleys has stopped, to be replaced […]

Sometime Last Year…

Last year, I came into work at Phipps the Sunday after Black Friday. For reasons not quite understood, I had Black Friday and Saturday off. Still, I didn’t complain. It’d been my first holiday off in God knows how long. On my way from the time clock to the Holiday Department, my boss stopped me. […]

At A Loss…

I sat here in front of the computer for a very long time, not exactly sure, really, trying to think of something to write. And it’s not like I’m uninspired or anything. It’s just that whatever I put down doesn’t seem to be adequate in every sense of the word. And I apologize in advance […]

What Follows

It’s a lovely May day. The sun is shining brightly and the temperature is absolutely perfect. The mountains surrounding the village are covered in a haze of green and red, leaves eager to burst forth. No humidity, a light breeze. People are hanging out on porches, chatting to their neighbors. The ice cream stand is […]

Sense and Normalcy

My workstation as of late I’ve been writing so much lately. Ironically, it’s been all for grants and fundraising. I’m still hacking away at changes in my book, but the funny thing is my language has become entirely too formal. See, when you write a grant, you have to learn this kind of jargon that […]

CARES Acting

I’m watching films on Netflix, HBO or whatever channel my fingers point the clicker to, showing gatherings of people celebrating events. How odd it seemed. Everyone gathered together, smiling, sharing food, even hugging and shaking hands. Don’t they know how deadly that is? Of course they don’t. It’s Hollywood. Unless, of course, you’re watching such […]

The Confinement of Safety

I was not doing well at all, in fact, I was on the verge of cracking. Thursday was a convergence of a lot of unfortunately events that nearly broke me. It was my mother’s birthday (she’s been gone for 6 years – seems like yesterday!). After a fitful sleep, I woke up sad, but that […]

A Great Wave Washes Over

At the end of “Star Wars: Rogue One,” two characters, Jyn Erso & Cassian Andor, cling to each other as they face a wave of destruction that hurdles towards them. Time is over, but though they face the inevitable, a strong part of their faith lies with the hope that a message will be delivered into […]