Tag Pandemic

Can We Come Out Now?

Ready or not, it’s a different world My friends and I take a table outside and scan the posted QR code  Three-dimensional menus are largely a casualty of the pandemic. It’s a small but pervasive shift, one of the reminders that…

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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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9 Headlines I Can’t Wait to Read

Seriously, I’ll drop everything for these articles As the most truncated Thanksgiving in living memory takes its place in history, I suggest we take a few minutes to consider what news we will be grateful for in the please-God-not-too-distant-future. With…

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