The struggle to leave the cocoon is what strengthens the butterfly’s wings so she can fly. From there,  infinite possibilities that await.  Connecting to the real world is what we have been missing lately when we shelter inside our own cocoon. At what point do we leave our safety, in another indeterminable metamorphose and fly?…

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As a life-long artist,  most of my time has been spent in isolation; working alone in my studio is a necessity. So when Covid lockdown was first imposed it did not appear to have a significant impact on my day-to-day life. But after a few months I did sense a difference; I realized that my isolation…

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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 to read the profile of each person and learn who they wear a mask…

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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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