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Courage is contagious

Facility staff have no idea if catching COVID-19 will be merely an annoyance or a life-threatening battle, a parking ticket or a death sentence. But still, they go.


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Our deeper reservoir

I’m not an epidemiologist. Or a doctor. Or a calming Zen master, pastor, rabbi or priest. Unfortunately, I can’t create lifesaving vaccines in my garage, or turn my CPAP machine into an improvised ventilator.

Bad news on the doorstep

Compared to shoppers tearing apart a pallet of toilet paper, our facility staff have been Buddhas in scrubs during the recent pandemic. But even they aren’t the most inspiring out of all of this.

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Face touching for dummies

Can you remember a public health directive than “don’t touch your face” that’s ever been more simple, clear and science-based, yet more difficult to execute? I can’t.

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Raging against reality

If I needed an object lesson in why seniors, long-term care providers and actually, all humans, seem to have such difficulty facing the inevitability of change, I got it recently — in the men’s wear section at my local dying department store.

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A shallow obsession

A smartphone app in development purports to use speech analysis to diagnose dementia.  That’s fantastic news, but it ignores one of my fundamental beliefs: that smartphone use is dementia, on a global scale.  The irony is that our phone addiction is making us crazy as a civilization and species, but in our demented state, we…

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