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Emerging From the Pandemic

Lessons from the last year I hope not to forget The dark winter of 2020–21 is behind us, giving way to an uneven spring. Depending on your circumstances — your profession, your age, where you live, whether or not you’ve been vaccinated,…

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Dropping the Mask, Not

Post-vaccination masking motivations We’ve been shot! Twice! Thank God  As an educator as well as a woman of a certain age, I’ve been fully inoculated for a month. My husband is of similar vintage but due to various details too tedious…

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When Life Is a Waiting Room

Haiku for patience A stimulus check,An appointment for a shot,Independence Day? Where are the markers?What will tell us it’s over?And can we trust that? Like newborn bear cubs,Drawn yet blinded by the lightFlooding our cramped dens, Weary of the darkAnd…

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The Suspense Might Kill Us First

Please, just shoot us now Life right now feels like the last months of a war We are battle-weary. We’ve suffered monumental losses, more deaths than in World War II. Our daily lives have contracted and changed shape in ways we…

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