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 […]

Phoning it in

     I’ve recently joined the thousands of people who now work from home. My employer’s initial two-week trial period of telecommuting has now stretched into a month. I wouldn’t be surprised if this new business arrangement becomes permanent.      My co-workers and I didn’t have any time to adjust to the idea of […]

Playlist for Armageddon

     We all need something to take our mind off the coronavirus news coverage that is saturating our daily lives. In this time of crisis, people can find joy in music. Listening to a favorite soothing song can help heal the soul. Since I’m practicing social distancing, I’m home alone for the majority of […]

Webster’s new dictionary – coronavirus edition

The world changed overnight. The coronavirus outbreak added new words to our vocabulary that didn’t exist a couple of months ago. I did some online research to find definitions of the new expressions we are becoming all too familiar with.  Novel coronavirus: The word virus comes from the Latin word meaning venom and describes a […]

Starve a cold, feed a fever, kill a virus

     I thought I’d have more time before I had to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) in my column. I planned on writing a re-cap after things settled down. I thought the spread of the virus would be slower. I thought we wouldn’t face a crisis in the USA since the problem was on the […]