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April 3, 2020

Week three and the wait has just begun
Steady as she goes. In the old days, before planes or even cars, the metaphor for the nation was Ship of State. Is it smooth sailing? Are we battered by high winds and storms? Are there clouds on the horizon? Can we get over the (sand) bar? Are we on course? Never fear, the Captain’s steady hand is on the helm. The Captain will guide us into port.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020


The White House

Dear Mr. President: 

Congratulations on your decision to extend your national social distancing directive through April. The strength you displayed in changing your mind is admirable. It is a wonderous show of courage, that you are large enough to refute your earlier words, your hope that churches would be packed on Easter.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Taking flattening the curve seriously
Saturday Nikki Hamilton, a friend of mine from church, died of the COVID-19 virus. She was a member of the Skagit Valley Chorale, which made the decision to practice earlier in March. That decision was based on public health guidelines. Now the group of 60 is a “cluster” and Skagit County Public Health has found that “more than half of attendees who were at this gathering are now confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19.”
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Musings - on the editor's mind
Timothy Eagan wrote a book titled “The Worst Hard Time.” I have been thinking of my mother’s journey and the hard times that shaped her.

My mom, born in 1920, would have been 100 in May. She was nine in 1929 and a child of the Great Depression and, at 20, not old enough to vote for Roosevelt in the 1940 election. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Phase II: During the virus
Slow down, you move too fast — Paul Simon

If Part I was before the virus, we are now in the second phase, living and hunkering down with it. None of us wanted a role in this play but now we are all on stage with it, with La Conner restaurants and tourist-focused retail some of the main players. This is a tragedy in the making.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Supporting each other from a distance
To our valued citizens during these unprecedented and uncertain times:
Although town hall is closed to the public until further notice, your local government will continue to operate and provide essential services.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


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