So many roads were not taken in 2020. So many opportunities were squandered. There was the road where someone in the administration actually read the federal government’s 2016 Pandemic Playbook. The road where instead of lying President Trump told us how bad it was going to get so we could prepare and take precautions. The…

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Jay Samit, innovator, artist, author, and internationally-acclaimed public speaker, usually spends a lot of time on airplanes and in hotel rooms, but the pandemic has restricted him to his home for more than 200 days, and counting. He has used these months to deliberate on the cultural meanings and implications of our current global crisis…

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A few weeks after lockdown started I made arrangements to vacation on Plum Island on Cape Ann in Massachusetts for two weeks. It was March; surely by July the lockdown would be over and I would go paint on the beach and eat ice cream and lobster rolls, lots of lobster rolls. Lockdown wasn’t over,…

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The pandemic is decimating the airline industry. In addition to Americans having been banned from several countries because of our inadequate response to Covid-19, the airlines themselves have contributed to this debacle by selling all seats on flights and not demanding that people wear masks. This is my personal experience: I flew from PHX to…

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The summer of 2020 will live in our collective memory for decades to come. A global pandemic becoming more deadly by the day, a country beginning its reckoning with centuries of abuse and racism, potential worldwide economic collapse, a new, more powerful women’s rights movement just in its fragile infancy, and the world’s foremost democracy…

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Two days after the first case of Covid-19 was diagnosed in Washington state on January 21, 2020, my husband of 25 years was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He passed away on February 22, six days before the first Coronavirus death in the U.S. was reported. In early March, a few days after I returned home…

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