A Coronavirus Realization in Colorado

(Dated the evening of March 12, with the knowledge that things are changing rapidly, objectively and subjectively as well)

There are no cases of coronavirus in Fort Collins, Colorado. Or at least that is what I thought before I spoke to my son who promptly helped me to consider things differently. He told me that there were definitely cases of coronavirus in Fort Collins, but that we just didn’t know about them yet. He said if there are cases in Denver there are cases in Fort Collins, a mere hour from Denver.

Yesterday interrupted by states of sadness and even opposition to the term “elderly”; it got me centered with awareness that I simply and not, hadn’t received, taken in, or understood. I hadn’t “gotten” some of the key concepts surrounding the coronavirus and I suspect I’m not alone here.

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And Miles to Go Before I Sleep: Contemplating Stopping my Life

In the time of coronavirus warnings and outbreaks, there is the increasing fear that life as we know it as of this day, may have to stop. At least for awhile.

In this piece, I contemplate putting life, at least certain things and some very important ones, on hold.

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Why Torture Needs to be on the Menu of Our Concerns

         Call it psychological fusion, even if it is a new-ish term. It means, to me the combining of concerns related to ethics, psychology, morality, practicality, not becoming Nazis and not joining the tendency in much of the world to dehumanize people not like us. It also means that the issues of humanizing or dehumanizing run through the history and present of multiple items, and don’t have to be competing or in a completely different type of importance from one another.

         I know, this isn’t new—in terms of dishing out cruelty. There were Roman Emperors that tortured for the hell of it. There were Nazis and Stalinists and there are still people all over the world who decapitate, cut off limbs and torment because they wear a badge or a uniform or have status, and well because they can…

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For Valentine’s Day: “So, What’s the Secret to your being Married 49 Years?”

Valentine’s Day is more of a pressure than many people think. And it’s not only a pressure-ridden day and night because of whether we have a Valentine and one that will give us whatever the “right” thing this year. It’s a pressure because people are mixed about those they love…

This past year, 2019 was the year of our 49th wedding anniversary, and we got several glowing, awe-filled queries as to how we managed to stay together all this time. And it fell on Thanksgiving to boot, so it seemed like an extra gift. It seemed apt to add to the literature on the subject in general with a nod to ambivalence, and attention to some of the mixed factors present in many relationships that are thought of as love only too much of the time.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day: Protesting the Invasion of Political Motives

Part of any important remembrance is to feel combinations of sadness and celebration, depending on the type of event or period at hand. January 27th is the day designated by the United Nations as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

But this year, the 75th anniversary, is marked by…

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