Flying Blind Into the Storm

I am spitting mad that the people making decisions for Americans — in the government, who we have elected to help us live our lives — are opening the doors to the resumption of economic activity without knowing — through widespread community testing and contact tracing, none of which are even discussed — what we…

My First Anniversary

One year ago, on May 5, 2019, my heart stopped beating at I arrived by ambulance to Amsterdam´s OLVG Emergency Room. I had been aboard the Holland America Nieuw Statendam as it prepared to continue its cruise, which had thus far carried us from Ft. Lauderdale to Amsterdam, on to the fjords of Norway. As…

Breathe

So this word is for whoever needs it: breathe. Seriously. Right now. Draw the air in on a slow seven count. Hold it for a slow seven count. Release it on a slow seven count. Do it again. Do it again...BreatheLeonard Pitts, Jr. In a recent column, Leonard Pitts reflects on the difficulty of imagining…

My Coronavirus Calendar

When I was growing up in Catholic countries (Venezuela, Italy, Colombia), advent calendars were a treasured part of the Christmas holidays. Crafted with beautiful, sparkling art depicting the Nativity, or a family sitting around a lit tree, or other traditional scenes, each 8X10 paper had hidden in the art the numbers 1-24, and a little…

Rethinking Cruising

In February, cruise ships became an early symbol of how rapidly the coronavirus could spread in confined spaces, when more than 700 passengers on the Diamond Princess became infected as the ship idled off Japan. As social distancing grew more common in February and early March, cruises were among the first activities Americans started avoiding.David…