I think U.S. citizens need to start thinking about the ability to get vaccinated as a privilege rather than some sort of government infringement on their rights. We’re all battling a global pandemic that has killed more than 4.4 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. I am sad to say that I [...]
Bring on the music of summer!
Many will remember the summer of 2020 for its terrible cacophony of pandemic and politics, reckoning and rage. But I am still struck by its silence, the eerie stillness of its streets, the sad spectacle of silent swimming pools and limp park swings, the mute stages and empty playing fields. That’s why, even more than [...]
A profound sense of relief
Ever since COVID-19 first threatened our doorstep, I have been profoundly worried about passing a potentially deadly virus on to the vulnerable people in my life. I worried about giving it to my mom, my sister Kathy, my older friends and neighbors, and the relatives of the young people in my house. "If my grandma [...]
Necessity is the mother of invention (and so is my college roommate)
I always knew my college roommate Teri was destined for great things. While I idly scanned ids at the recreation center to earn college spending money, Teri kept the books for Gimbels, a large department store in Milwaukee. I always marvelled that such a sophisticated store had a 21-year old bookkeeper. She earned an engineering [...]