Swimming, Singing, and Diplomacy

My father, Robert C. Amerson, was an American Foreign Service officer with the United States Information Agency during the Cold War. Building relationships was an essential part of his diplomatic responsibilities, “winning hearts and minds” for America. Growing up as the perpetual new kid in school gave me the ability to quickly make new friends.…

Letting the World In

As the tears fell down my cheeks this morning, I realized how much I’ve gotten used to being hard to the world. Tracking Florida’s COVID-19 numbers helps me know how the Coronavirus pandemic is going on in the world just outside our door. I was trained for this new project of mine during my nearly…

Cruising? No, thanks, not yet.

The global cruise industry expected to carry 32 million passengers and taken $71 billion in revenue this year. This will fall by at least 50% this year. Euromonitor International According to a recent article in USA Today, cruising has been postponed until September 15, but there are a lot of us former fans who won’t…

Civic Duty

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961 President Kennedy’s words nearly 60 years ago inspired a generation of Americans, who themselves were standing on the shoulders of the Greatest Generation, who came of age during the Great Depression…

The Long, Unseen Recovery

In an article distributed by USA Today, Stephanie Innes of the Arizona Republic writes about the remarkably long recovery period for COVID-19 survivors. Recovery times for people that have been seriously sick are lengthy — in general, at least three times as long as people were hospitalized, if not longer. Stephanie Innes, Arizona Republic Innes…