Category Coronavirus

Journeys

Recently, I went to visit my son, currently serving in the Navy. He just returned from his first deployment, having entered the Navy right out of high school. And here’s the thing: early on, this kid was written off as stupid. Just because he had a different way of seeing the world, he was considered […]

The Simple Stuff

So much deprivation over the last year has left me feeling disconnected. The lack of a social life. The inability to go anywhere or do anything. Even eating in a restaurant seemed hazardous. Or hugging someone. After attending a crowded art show opening in May, I kind of gathered the courage to venture out once […]

To Begin Again…Again

Here I am, on a recent Saturday at a Hudson Valley gallery, posing in the sculpture garden. It was pretty darn hot, and I was positively aglow with dew. Though somewhat disoriented without a mask, me and a fellow friend attended an opening. So strange to witness a smile without imagining it through squinted eyes. […]

Freedom Flings

Mask mandates have ended here in New York. I, for one, am glad, but skeptical. While I didn’t hesitate to barrier my face to prevent a deadly virus, I’m a little hesitant to remove it, too. For well over a year I’ve viewed that mask as something that’ll save my life. Conveniently, it prevented me […]

Stress Test

Sometimes you feel as if the world is out to get you. There’s no logic to why things just seem to happen; events just hurtle out of control. Sensing doom, a monster rises from within, on the attack. Whether or not this is a good thing remains to be seen. It sure feels great to […]

Interfriendship

Yesterday I decided to partake of the world, even though I have four days left until my Moderna protection casts triumph with my immune system. It was a beautiful spring day and there was a maker’s market in the next town over. Two friends of mine asked me if I were going and I said […]

Moderna Part II

I’d been waiting for a month for this day to arrive – my second shot of Moderna. Ever since I let that first needle stick my arm a month prior, I eagerly awaited to receive that second dose. It’d been a major source of conversation between everyone I knew who’d visited the county mass inoculation […]

Anticipation

I go for my COVID-19 second shot on Wednesday. Can’t wait. My boss and I already arranged to take the day off afterwards (she goes on Tuesday) so we can recuperate. Since it’s a common side effect to feel lousy within 24 hours of the second dose, we figured we’d probably need time under a […]

Conversations

Two things of note happened this weekend: I heard from two members of my family. And while that’s not unusual for most, for me, well, nothing’s ever simple. My cousin Bette lives about a third of the way across the country. We used to see each other frequently as kids. Didn’t even take forty-five minutes […]

Spring Awakening

Today is Easter, the holiday where The Lord is awaken from the dead. Spring also began just a couple of weeks ago, and, like the holy day, nature celebrates its rebirth from a long sleep. The trees and plants that seemed to die last year have once again come to life. Their beauty is something […]