Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****It was after a three-hour-long wait in the parking lot of a local urgent care clinic that I received the call that it was my turn to be tested for COVID-19. I pulled my minivan into the appropriate drive-through and rolled down my window. The nurse then instructed me to put both my hands on the steering wheel and tilt my head back. I closed my eyes, bracing for the nasal swab.“BREATHE ... BREATHE ... BREATHE,” [...]
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Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****Much discussion these days by parents and educators is about the future of education for children at all levels from preschool to college. The unexpected dependence on online teaching as schools were forced to close in the face of the pandemic, has led to various appraisals of this modality of education as compared to students with teachers in classrooms.With a new school year approaching, thinking about education going [...]
Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****For almost four months, my family has been living in a bit of a pandemic cave, hiding from the rest of the world as much as possible, while still getting out for necessities while being socially distant.As a family of five, we normally bounce from soccer practice to ballet practice to scouts during the school year and spend much of the summer months at the local pool or visiting family - the “new normal” was [...]
Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****The mother of a young adult asked me how we can teach young people to be mindful that their behavior has an effect on everyone. This is the same question being asked by the infectious disease experts and various state governors given the spike in coronavirus following young people’s disregard for masks and social distancing after the relaxation of restrictions.The question is made more vexing by the fact that young [...]