On Joy

Because children have abounding vitality, because they are fierce and free in spirit, they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to […]

What Now 2 Do, The COVID-19 Financial Affairs Version

Now then. What in the world am I to do about all the bills that I have to pay? The landlord wants his rent. Credit card payments are coming due. Food. Toilet paper. Yikes. What-Now-2-Do? 1. Recognize you ARE NOT ALONE. Millions of us are in exactly the same bind. 2. Accept that there is […]

What Now 2 Do: COVID-19 Strategies and Tactics

We wrote Thursday on some strategies to employ that would see us through the challenges of being holed up in the Coronavirus “flattening the curve” experiment. Herewith a summary of those strategies: 1. Rest. 2. Eat Healthy. 3. Physical Hygiene. 4. Mental Hygiene. 5. Exercise. 6. Stay Connected to God and Other People. 7. Practice […]

What Now 2 Do: The Coronavirus Breaking News Edition

We wrote yesterday on some strategies to see us through being holed up in the Coronavirus flattening experiment. Today some thoughts on tactics for achieving those strategies. The following tactics on mental hygiene are paraphrased from a series of tweets by Carl T Bergstrom, a professor at the University of Washington / Seattle.   He shares […]

What Now 2 Do: The Social Distancing Version

Jewish folklore has it that King Solomon asked his wise men to make him a magic ring. The ring would lift his spirits if he got depressed, and bring him back down to earth if he got euphoric. The wise men returned with a ring inscribed: “This, too, shall pass.” Whether Solomon actually did this or […]

What Now 2 Do?

I’ve thought about it. There is just no other way to put it. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Jesus, Matthew 7:12. NASB All the rest is simply […]

Clever or Kind?

When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907 – 1972)

A Little Perspective

Depending on who you believe, the mortality rate of Coronavirus is less than 1% of those who actually contract the virus (making the big variable the number of people who actually get the disease). But there is a virus afoot that has an 100% death rate. It’s called the Sin Virus. And while arguments rage […]