Views on COVID-19
Coping with change to #flattenthecurve
Why coronavirus will crush essential services in smaller cities without federal help

 It was seemingly overnight that the coronavirus outbreak turned our lives upside down. Our main streets were shuttered, schools closed and everything around us came to a screeching halt. To …

Cannabis and coronavirus

No one can deny that this coronavirus has dramatically changed our world. Within three short weeks, schools, parks and public spaces along with many companies and stores all closed. Common outdoor …

Do—don’t dwell

If you can, get yourself a newspaper column. It’s a great opportunity to offer advice for which no one has asked. There’s implied permission to shoot your mouth off about whatever you …

Grief in the age of coronavirus

Everyone’s life has been turned upside down during this time of coronavirus; I’d bet that none of us know a single person who hasn’t been affected. Everything has had to be …

The art of Zoom

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. After weeks of creative paralysis and compulsive baking brought on by existential fear, the need to move beyond confinement overtakes us and we expand our …

I do not recall ever penning an article by first citing my credentials. Rather, I leave it to the words on the page to make that determination. But here, I make an exception given the gravity of the …
An old English proverb states that bad things come in threes. With the Spanish Flu, that was true. The first wave hit in the spring of 1918 and was generally mild. The sick experienced flu-like …
It’s hard to describe the collective American psyche right now. The initial fear and chaos that came with the advent of COVID-19 has dissipated, leaving a vague sense of uncertainty in its …
It’s hard to describe the collective American psyche right now. The initial fear and chaos that came with the advent of COVID-19 has dissipated, leaving a vague sense of uncertainty in its …
When the flood callsYou have no home, you have no wallsIn the thunder crashYou’re a thousand minds, within a flashDon’t be afraid to cry at what you seeThe act is gone, there’s only …
There is a photograph of my grandmother with her hair piled high on top of her head in the Gibson Girl style of the early 20th Century. She is standing in a field in Pea Brook, New York. Her hair is …
I’ve learned or relearned quite a bit during the COVID-19 isolation: A slower pace. The joy and ease of staying close to home. The feeling of accomplishment after doing yardwork. The welcomed …
The good news is that, with the human pause caused by the coronavirus, the earth is recovering. Fossil fuel use is down. Air quality is up. People are seeing mountains that they haven’t seen …
For something completely different, I have an earworm. You know… that one song that keeps playing over and over in your head until you want to scream? Also known as brainworm, sticky music and …
Nineteen years ago, in the months following 9/11, many publications devoted space and ink to predictions about how the attacks would change us. A few prominent commenters foresaw “the end of …
Narrow knowledge and thin thinking: Passover reflections

The Passover Seder ritual is known for its myriad questions. It is an interactive experience modeled, according to some, after the Greek Symposium, highly Socratic. It is perhaps the ultimate …

The springtime of our lives

We are warned that this next week will bring heartache and death as the coronavirus continues its devastating path through our communities, across the nation and around the globe. Soon, all of us …

Outdoor activity amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected, in some way, virtually every person in the region. An event like this is unprecedented in the modern history of our country. Anyone reading this …

Keep smiling, wash your hands

As I sit here and type my column, I am very nervous for my youngest brother Christopher who has the coronavirus. He lives in Elmhurst Queens. He was not feeling well and took his temperature and it …

That’s not funny!

Quarantine: Day 13.  I haven’t left the house for nearly two weeks; the doctor assured I won’t be cleared for takeoff any time soon. Instead, like many who are considered …