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Staying at home during the pandemic has given me lots of time to do more reading.  A few weeks ago I even stayed up past my normal bed time to finish a book about the Enneagram that I was especially enjoying.  I pushed through to the end and went to bed with lots of new thoughts swirling around in my head.  The next morning I woke, and one of the very first things I saw scrolling through social media was an...

I have been feeling badly about not protesting for Black Lives Matter. I worry about my health issues, my twelve years’ older partner and her health issues.  Dan Halterman, my neighbor, is a protest parade of one which seems fairly safe. He passes by my house and I’m not there to join him because I’ve been in class for my expressive arts therapy designation or babysitting Anthony.  I guess the grateful Little Caesar’s employee gave him and his new friend a pizza on Cleveland Avenue. My two younger children did go downtown bringing supplies, putting their white bodies to...

In my first Daily Connector in April, I shared about my Polish heritage and introduced you to Dublin’s Kosciuszko Park.  When I was working, I did not have much of an interest in genealogy.  Meanwhile Sally would sit down with my Grandmother on most of our trips to Pittsburgh, gather stories and work on my family tree, while I was out back with my uncles drinking beer and pitching horseshoes all day.  That all changed after I retired when I went to an aunt’s funeral in Pittsburgh.  Sally was still working so she suggested that I take along the family tree that she had done.  She had not...

The first two months after the Stay at Home order were pretty intense. The decision was made that Natalie would live with Ajay and I for a few weeks. This was to decrease our exposure since Christina was working in a health care organization, and so we could give Natalie continuity as she finished up her school year at home.

Her parents alternated visiting her after their work day in the back yard, but the reality of keeping an active child entertained and engaged could feel overwhelming.

With a limited scope of...

During the beginning of this pandemic and shutdown, I must confess, I was not personally affected like some.  I had open heart surgery just as things were shutting down and so, it was a good time to recover since I was supposed to stay home anyway.

At first, I was relieved that I didn’t have to cancel every commitment I had made while I recovered since my recovery took longer than I anticipated (as usual with me).

As I recovered my strength and stamina, I was happy to catch up with chores I had been putting off...

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