Wild Kingdom

Like everyone else, I’ve been spending a lot of time at home. Rather, I’ve been spending all my time at home. I’ve had to come up with new ways to entertain myself (because Netflix only offers a limited amount of quality programming before you reach the bottom of the barrel). Luckily the summer weather has […]

Corona confusion

This pandemic is playing tricks on my mind. More days than not, news reports have me scratching my head which may or may not be a symptom of COVID-19. Confusion is just another undiscovered side-effect of the disease. And no wonder people are confused. Even the symptoms of coronavirus fluctuate day to day.  A few […]

Playtime is over

     I love spending time with my grandchildren. Since virus restrictions have eased somewhat with regard to family gatherings, I am able to see them a couple of times a week. They are at great ages in formative stages, age 3 (almost 4) and age 5 (almost 6).       During a recent visit, […]

The Weight of the World

     I found the plus-side of the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s staring me in the face. It’s the glowing number on my digital scale. I wasn’t going to share the number, but I’ve shared everything else in this column over the years, so why the heck not?       I weigh 215 pounds. Not a […]

Not with a bang

     Fourth of July 2020 has come and gone, alarmingly silent, with little fanfare. This year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, celebrations in most cities were either cancelled or minimally attended. Some towns attempted to host scaled-back events with watered-down results while other towns broke the rules of pandemic etiquette and carried on as […]

Come on, get happy

     I’m not sure what the poll takers were thinking when they decided to conduct a “happiness poll” for the U.S. population. The COVID Response Tracking Study was set up to examine the social, psychological, and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on American society. The shocking results showed people in the U.S. are […]

Like Riding a Bicycle

     I needed to find an alternative way to stay healthy while the gym I belong to remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. My “workouts” were never strenuous to begin with, but exercising every day helps maintain my muscles and joints. I’m not interested in becoming Arnold Schwarzenegger. I just want to keep […]

The Pandemic’s Plus Side

     I wasn’t sure I’d be able to find a silver lining in the coronavirus pandemic. I wasn’t even sure there was one. But I am an eternal optimist (although I don’t always show it). I know we are living in a dire situation. We are in uncharted territory. Most of us haven’t had […]

OK Zoomer

     I’m a little late arriving to the video conference party. I’ve used some video-chat programs in the past. Now I’m forced to use this method of communication almost daily. Video phone call technology has been around for years. We just never chose to use it on an everyday basis, mostly because we didn’t […]

Hunker down

     Hunker down – (verb): to make yourself comfortable in a place or situation, or to prepare to stay in a place or position for a long time, usually in order to achieve something or for protection. That’s the spot-on dictionary definition of what we’re all doing right now.      Hunker down. The […]