Views on COVID-19
Coping with change to #flattenthecurve
Suffering in the trenches

The New York State Office of Mental Health should be ashamed of the treatment frontline nurses are receiving at the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Forensic Facility in New Hampton, NY. Seventy nurses care …

Deja vu

Haven’t we been here before? I’m thinking of 1968, also an election year, when a major crisis (Vietnam War then, COVID-19 pandemic now) and economic turmoil (rampant inflation then, …

Why I voted ‘no’ on SW’s budget

For the first time in my 13 years on the Sullivan West School Board, I felt compelled to vote in opposition to the resolution adopting the 2020-21 school budget. In the past, there were individual …

Pandemic, paralysis and pandemonium equals genocide

Our country is adrift with no rudder. You would hope that our leader would be the one guiding us through these rough waters, but as you can readily see, that is not happening. It is being left up to …

Why coronavirus will crush essential services in smaller cities without federal help

 It was seemingly overnight that the coronavirus outbreak turned our lives upside down. Our main streets were shuttered, schools closed and everything around us came to a screeching halt. To …

Everyone’s life has been turned upside down during this time of coronavirus; I’d bet that none of us know a single person who hasn’t been affected. Everything has had to be …
Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. After weeks of creative paralysis and compulsive baking brought on by existential fear, the need to move beyond confinement overtakes us and we expand our …
It’s obvious that this pandemic has rearranged the world. None of us saw it coming, but the immediate weight of our survival has shifted onto one group in particular: those employed at your …
Well, it’s official—I’m losin’ it. After six weeks in quarantine, I’ve apparently misplaced my ability to communicate clearly with the outside world. I’ve annoyed …
An old English proverb states that bad things come in threes. With the Spanish Flu, that was true. The first wave hit in the spring of 1918 and was generally mild. The sick experienced flu-like …
It’s hard to describe the collective American psyche right now. The initial fear and chaos that came with the advent of COVID-19 has dissipated, leaving a vague sense of uncertainty in its …
It’s hard to describe the collective American psyche right now. The initial fear and chaos that came with the advent of COVID-19 has dissipated, leaving a vague sense of uncertainty in its …
When the flood callsYou have no home, you have no wallsIn the thunder crashYou’re a thousand minds, within a flashDon’t be afraid to cry at what you seeThe act is gone, there’s only …
There is a photograph of my grandmother with her hair piled high on top of her head in the Gibson Girl style of the early 20th Century. She is standing in a field in Pea Brook, New York. Her hair is …
I’ve learned or relearned quite a bit during the COVID-19 isolation: A slower pace. The joy and ease of staying close to home. The feeling of accomplishment after doing yardwork. The welcomed …
Holding ecology in the center

The good news is that, with the human pause caused by the coronavirus, the earth is recovering. Fossil fuel use is down. Air quality is up. People are seeing mountains that they haven’t seen …

From a distance

For something completely different, I have an earworm. You know… that one song that keeps playing over and over in your head until you want to scream? Also known as brainworm, sticky music and …

Which shall it be?

Nineteen years ago, in the months following 9/11, many publications devoted space and ink to predictions about how the attacks would change us. A few prominent commenters foresaw “the end of …

The springtime of our lives

We are warned that this next week will bring heartache and death as the coronavirus continues its devastating path through our communities, across the nation and around the globe. Soon, all of us …

Outdoor activity amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected, in some way, virtually every person in the region. An event like this is unprecedented in the modern history of our country. Anyone reading this …