Our garage has taken on a new role during this winter of our discontent. We still use it for storing our car. But with the pandemic forcing us to maintain social distance in an area with fresh air circulation, the garage—protected from the wind and the elements—is as good a place as any to visit.…

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In mid-March, we began to shelter in place, not knowing what to expect and most certainly not expecting the lockdown to last this long. When faced with uncertainty, I did as you’d expect and froze up like a deer in the headlights. Then I began to Marie Kondo my sock drawer, moving on to a…

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In the midst of a pandemic and as the streets remain empty, the frozen lakes and rivers of Minnesota have become my playground. Ice skaters, ice swimmers, ice sailers, ice dancers, ice fishermen, etc… All the fun is happening on the ice and it has been the best escape from reality ever! (Project shot with…

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It was the height of the pandemic, the hospital ICUs were filled with COVID-positive patients, respirators were in short supply, everyone was stuck at home due to the lockdown watching the daily death tolls rise, the Jacob Javits Center in NYC had been converted to a makeshift hospital, and Grubhub couldn’t keep up with the…

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Who do you wear a mask for? (Ed. Note: Each Monday, The Pandemic Lens publishes an image from Katherine Taylor’s “Masks of Boston” project. To date, Kathryn has photographed nearly 300 people from all walks of life. Visit Masks of Boston https://www.masksofboston.com/ to read the profile of each person and learn who they wear a…

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On June 7, 2020, I ventured out of my house with camera in hand for the first time in weeks to document life on the street. The following photo of the Somerville Theater in Davis Square, Massachusetts, with its marquee message, “stay home and be safe,” became the impetus for a series on my Instagram…

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Brilliant original musicians (Miles Davis and Bill Evans ) serve as a today’s daily refuge and inspiration for this musician playing by himself during the pandemic.     Stanley SagovStanley Sagov leads an intense dual life as a physician (Family Practice Group, The Sagov Center for Family Medicine) and jazz pianist/composer. He is the leader…

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Remember that old commercial, “Reach Out and Touch Someone”? How quaint it all seems now. And while we all got the message—that “touching” was a metaphor for being connected—today the absence of touch is emotionally devastating. I am a retired congregational rabbi. For over forty years my life was immersed in the joys and struggles…

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It seems as if life was on hold this past year—for everyone.  I am always straddling my two cultures and identities, as a Lebanese/Palestinian and as an American.  It feels as if the news is always creating divisions, “them v/s us,” and now here we are a “we”: all in this together, in the same…

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Holding on… to what, and for what? A coffee? A book?  Families and friends? Ideals? Dreams? Or, life back to normal? We have been hearing too many times to hang on, to hold on in the past year. May what you are holding on for soon be within your reach.   Copyright © 2021 Jennifer…

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