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April 8, 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


Wrestling the old normal out the door
There is a new normal out there but that day is still to arrive. It’s dawn is not yet on the horizon.

The old normal, so much of the status quo, needs to spiral from crippled to life support. It is the one thing that needs to die and get buried.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

COVID-19: Return to normal - really?
Do we really want things to go back to normal? Are you sure?

One definition of normal is to be healthy in mind and body. Ahhh … that strikes a chord, doesn’t it? A global, unprecedented turn of events has focused the entire world’s attention away from life as normal. Now it’s on our collective health and its very personal impact as well as the dire, economic consequences to each individual on the planet when things go catastrophically awry.

Wednesday, April 8, 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


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