A New Year And I Am Reminded

A new year beckons and I am reminded…

A new year beckons, and it brings along a raft of new hopes and dreams.

But it also seems to bring a renewed stream of problems. The same problems we’ve had for …

Well, for some time.

I’m surprised how some are so afraid of others being different, they’ll go to any lengths to avoid, stop or eliminate a difference. No matter this difference doesn’t have any impact on their life — some folks feel any difference can’t be tolerated.

I am aware of how many people are afraid of change, of something different that’s coming down the pipe at us. And this fear is harnessed by politicians for their own ends.

I see how in the midst of plenty, folks go to church on Sunday but vote to build a wall on Monday. And I do not understand…

How a media-created problem such as a dandelion on a lawn calls for the general nuking by chemicals that leave a scar on our landscape and bodies.

I’m not surprised the Boomers got old. I am surprised some of us went so far to the political right forgetting what it was like to be young with ideas of forging a new world of love.

I am reminded that Jesus was a Jewish, Syrian refugee.

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In Secret From The Covid Hordes

My writing, in all genres, has been much like my fitness activities. All have been done in secret from the Covid hordes. So much secrecy you’d never know it was happening. (hint: it wasn’t)

I’m getting quite good at blaming Covid for a lot of things (like forgetting I’ve already been writing other posts about the damned virus.)

But I Have Questions

Why did I gain weight?

  • I was following the Ice cream covid prevention diet. Don’t laugh, I didn’t get Covid did I?

Why did I start to grow a beard and then shave it off?

  • Covid made me do it (plus there’s a lot more grey in it now)

Why did that crazed driver cut me off almost causing an accident at 70mph?

  • He is a charter member of the Covid hordes car club and needs to drive so fast to get to a bathroom. (I had written something more graphic here but my raised finger will have to suffice for emphasis.)

Why I haven’t I published all the posts I’ve handwritten?

  • I read Covid hides in the spaces between the keys on my keyboard.

And now..,

Double-vaxxed and boosted, I’m struggling to reboot a normal life. And given seniors were in the bulls-eye for this thing (and I’m a senior) I’m a little gun-shy of all y’all.

I pushed my office chair back to the office from its former position blocking the front door from the hordes of Covid zombies I expected to invade at any moment. I’ve plugged the extension cords back in (they were used to power up the defensive alerts) and fired up the laptop (unplugged to prevent it from getting the Covid virus too.)

I’m on the last carton of ice cream and I sense a diet in my near future.

But I’m back, ever so tentatively, and the keyboard still works. We’ll have to see if I do.

What’s clear is I’ve written enough about Covid.

Time to move on. And my diet… sigh.

Stay safe folks. Get those shots and boosters.

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COVID and Seniors

We’re now COVID boostered and the data about not getting sick (14 days after the shot) is truly encouraging.  We’ll continue wearing masks as I understand we could still pass it along to others and a mask will prevent this.  But when the booster settles in, we can rejoin society.

I’ve been reading how difficult this COVID and seniors interaction is for the elderly after this length of time. And I confess, even though I’m extremely unlikely to catch COVID, I’m apprehensive about it.

The data I’ve read suggests we seniors have been “trained” to avoid people because for the last two years, one infected person could kill us.  And thank you very much, I wanted to avoid that if possible.

I can confirm it’s difficult to think about interacting with a large group of maskless people.

Bottom Line

You’re going to have to be patient with recalcitrant seniors in your life as they slowly get used to not wearing a bulls eye on their chests.


I’ve upped meditations to twice a day and doing some visualizations about being in crowds.

Also, I’ve put myself on a diet (do you know how effective ice cream is at reducing anxiety?) 😉

So this is the new “normal” and it’s time to truly learn to embrace it.  I expect we’ll all be getting a yearly COVID booster just like we get our yearly flu shot.

Welcome to the hyper connected world where an individual halfway round the world is your next door neighbour.


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