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"The Nurse" c.1919


I was hospitalized twice in 2011 and once in 2018 when I underwent triple bypass heart surgery. If you have been reading our blogs you are already aware of my experiences. Without question I believe that our nurses have the most difficult of professions. When you are dealing with life and death situations from minute to minute nothing else compares. Having said that we are presenting our photo to you, “The Nurse“, c.1919. Taken in the time of an earlier pandemic about 100 years ago, the Spanish Flu. There are only a few people alive today who have lived through the Spanish Flu and the Coronavirus. Four generations later the more things change the more they stay the same.

unknown, c.1953


It has been called by many names. Quarantine. Self-Isolation. Social Distancing. So in looking for the perfect description I turned to Hollywood. Eureka! Throw Mama From The Train (1987).
The night was sultry!

Having to stay home for an undetermined time period essentially feels like house arrest minus the ankle monitor. I think that this description comes closest to reality.

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Western U. S. (July 18, 1956)


Social Distancing. Quarantine. In the summer of 2003 I traveled through the American southwest from Denver to Las Vegas. We crossed the Rockies, stopped in Arches National Park, Colorado thence to Moab, Utah, the Four Corners, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and eventually to Las Vegas. For me the high point of this trip was Monument Valley and the desert.

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Alcatraz Island, 1977


So now we’re trying to figure out how to avoid contracting the coronavirus. The world has truly turned not sparing the rich nor the poor. Absent a vaccine against this outbreak we are left to washing our hands and avoiding contact with other people.

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My experiences today at BJs in Deer Park, N. Y. Overflowing parking lot. No shopping carts. Not much to buy inside when you got there on many, many items. Toilet paper, forget it. Tissues, napkins, paper towels same deal. Many foodstuffs sold out including chickens. I was lucky to get the meat I needed as the meat counter was vastly depleted. Extremely long checkout lines.

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