A Second Shot of Safety

I got my second COVID vaccine shot yesterday, and I came home with a mixed bag of feelings – some that I expected, and a few I didn’t. One feeling I anticipated – and experienced – was a sense of both relief and protection. Not entirely, since I know there’s a span of a few weeks before immunity is at full strength. Also, there are still a lot of unknowns with regard to how long it lasts, how effective it [...]

By |February 20th, 2021|Columns, Health and Well-being|

A Failure to Communicate

It was a comedy of errors, except there was nothing funny about it. It all started days ago, when I suddenly stopped receiving any email at my main email address, although messages were still coming through at an email address I rarely use. I spent the better part of a day going through every Help and Troubleshooting site I could find, with no luck. The next day, I called the Geek Squad, spent part of the morning on hold, and [...]

By |February 13th, 2021|Columns|

With all due respect

“Unity” is a word I’ve been hearing on the news a lot lately, ever since President Biden, in his inaugural address, called for unity between political parties. So far, however, it hasn’t been working out too well. Before we can achieve unity, or agreements of any kind, I think there are a few other words we need to put into practice – as individuals and groups, as well as communities and governments. I also think we need – if I [...]

By |February 5th, 2021|Columns, Quotes and Sayings, Respect, Values|

Promises to Keep

You’re hearing it here first, folks. And it’s going to be a lot of fun – I promise. “Promise” is the operative word, at least for this month, and it has to do with the kick-off of a new program from Georgia Writers Museum. It has to do with writing, too, of course, but it’s just for fun. And it’s for everyone. I serve on the Board and the Education and Program committees of GWM, and one of the goals [...]

By |January 29th, 2021|Columns, Writing|

A shot of hope

I got shot yesterday. That is, I received a shot – the COVID vaccine. There was already a long line of cars when my husband and I arrived half an hour early for our 9:30 appointment. The line moved swiftly, however, and we reached the tent where they were doing the vaccinations just a few minutes after our scheduled time. I have to admit that after all the news about the problems they were having with distribution, and the discrepancies [...]

By |January 23rd, 2021|Accountability, Columns, Health and Well-being|

An exciting day to come

Have you ever planned a special occasion event – like a once-in-a-lifetime vacation or a major anniversary party – that was originally so far in the future that it felt like it would never get here? It sometimes felt as though the planning would go on forever, and then, when the event finally took place, it felt almost surreal. And afterwards, it felt a bit strange to get back to “normal” without having the event to look forward to, or [...]

By |January 15th, 2021|Columns, Family, Health and Well-being, Travel|