Uncharted Territory

Monthly Archives: April 2020

Day 45. A comment received in response to yesterday’s blog post started me thinking. Has my focus over the last 45 days been misplaced? Have I wasted too much time and energy on the here and now of this pandemic? Obsessing over all the “dos and don’ts” of staying healthy and worrying about the financial impacts of the pandemic. Don’t get me wrong. Of course, these are important issues that needed to… Read More

Day 44. Surveys overwhelmingly indicate that a substantial majority of Americans prefer extended stay at home orders to a premature lifting of restrictions. Yet, it is becoming abundantly clear that over the next few weeks stay at home orders across the country will be lifted and Americans will be leaving the safety of their homes and begin the process of returning to their once normal lives; albeit with masks and some semblance… Read More

Day 43. I received the following email yesterday from a reader: “Just to mention it, your post today would benefit from a little more explanation of your emotions and thoughts. For example, the pictures are lovely: Where are these places and why do you find them calming? What, would you suggest, others do to find their serene moments and escapes. All this is nice, but I think you have more to give… Read More

Day 42. After another weekend spent in the house, and a rainy one at that, I long for a “day off”. For a day or two where I can go somewhere peaceful, enjoy the scenery, relax as I see fit ,and not think about the Corona virus, social distancing and stay at home orders. Each day I tell myself that I am getting closer to that day; though I know that that… Read More

Day 41. Miracles really do happen even in the battle against the deadly Corona virus. The story of Eli Beer is one such miracle. Eli Beer is the founder of United Hatzalah of Israel and President of Friends of United Hatzalah, Israel’s largest all-volunteer emergency medical response organization. He began to work at his family’s book and real estate businesses at the age of 13 and began to volunteer on ambulances at… Read More

Day 40. My blog post of several days ago lamented the fact that the pernicious effect of this pandemic is largely being reported by way statics which convey the enormity of the Corona virus’ deadly march through country after country at the cost of losing site of the individuals, the real people, who make up these unfortunate statics. The Washington Post published today an article which focuses on personal human tragedies and… Read More

Day 39. Ever since the corona virus invaded the US we hear time and time again that this and that is now the “new normal”. Only time will tell what does and what does not becomes a new normal and what changes in our lifestyle and routines were only temporary and disappeared with the virus. But for now the impact the virus is having on our daily lives is pervasive. This was… Read More

Day 38 . The debate over when and how to end stay at home orders and open up the economy rages on. Public health officials are cautioning strongly against a precipitous relaxation of restrictions and reopening of the economy, lest it give the public a false sense that the virus has been defeated when in fact it still resides among us just waiting to continue its deathly march. Others argue that the… Read More

Day 37. Open up a newspaper or news web site and you will find prominently displayed the global and national corona virus pandemic statistics. The stats reported include total number of persons infected, total critically ill, and total deaths. Public health officials require this data for their modeling, to judge the effectiveness of the restrictions put in place, and for devising a plan forward. No doubt this data is critically important. and… Read More

Day 36. Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, the day on which we remember the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis in the Final Solution. Today we honor their memories and pledge that we shall never forget. And we pledge Never Again. Nothing can compare to the evil that reigned in the world during the Holocaust. We must never allow ourselves to believe, for even a moment, that man is… Read More