Monday Reads: ‘And the people stayed home’

Jessica Boehman, Illustrated Print, Bedtime Stories, Girl with kid, bear, fox 

Good Day Sky Dancers!

I’d like to introduce you to something shared with me by an old friend of our longstanding blog/Hillary community shared on her Facebook page.  It’s amazing how long we’ve endured the last 12 years with so many of us still quite close and I still get so much from each and every one of you.

“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
“And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
“And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”

~Kitty O’Meara 

Kitty O’Meara’s poem and message have gone viral.  You can see why when you read even excerpts from it.  Writer’s Digest introduces the author to us here at this link with the title “Kitty O’Meara: Finding Joy and Community in a Pandemic”

What do you hope readers will get out of your book?

The inspiration to take time with their lives and choose ways to use their gifts that will allow them to feel the joy and healing power of creating goodness, beauty, kindness, and community in the world. And I hope that the book will underscore for readers that we have been given one planet to tend and love and that our well-being is dependent upon hers.

And h/t to BB we have some advice from Anderson Cooper who knows what it’s like to lose a parent at a very young age.

So, I’m supposed to do a face to face lecture with an Executive EMBA class on December 12th and I’m looking at this and wondering why they want to see me the first day of class.  I had planned to zoom all my lectures.  This graphic is pretty daunting and I wonder what it will look a month from now when I face that task.

And there’s good and bad news about another Vaccine–this time from Moderna--that seems to be quite effective.  It’s not going to come quick enough for this uptick.  It’s also going to have a hell of a time  being distributed.  And most importantly, it’s still technically not tested over a long period of time which means we have no idea how long it lasts. It’s also in need of a few more control groups like children.

“Lore finds the Star” from “Lore and the Little Star”. Jessica Boehman

But, as some one who used to do a lot of consulting with small business to improve their product I know a lot about supply chain management and these vaccines look like a nightmare compared to the kinds of things I’ve worked with.

This is from Kris Alexander writing at the Daily Beast:  “I Was a Military COVID Planner. The Vaccine Rollout Is Going to Be a Nightmare.”

Given this isolation and lack of resources, the vaccines themselves present a logistical challenge alone that borders on the impossible for rural America. The Pfizer vaccine, now the leading contender, will require ultra-cold storage of at least -94 degrees Fahrenheit and two rounds of shots. Another leading vaccine candidate from Moderna also requires cold storage, albeit not to the same extent, according to the company. Typically, hospitals and large clinics have this capability. Small towns lacking even the most basic health clinics do not.

To deploy the Pfizer vaccine or any other one, health planners will have to figure out a way to deliver it to rural areas while maintaining its required temperature long enough to ensure that the population receives both doses. This scene will be repeated all across small-town America. This presents a big risk: An uncoordinated federal roll out of vaccines requiring ultra-cold storage could leave state and local governments competing for resources much like they were competing for PPE earlier in the pandemic.

Trump has indicated that the military will be the savior here, but the military has its limits. At NORTHCOM, we knew that we could surge military medical and logistical resources to hotspots, but we couldn’t blanket the country with them. Plus, Trump’s firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and ongoing purge at the Pentagon could delay and disrupt whatever plans the Department of Defense is developing.

And there is another potential limiting factor here. When a vaccine becomes widely available, the military may be strained taking care of its own and deploying the vaccine to troops and their families around the globe. So despite the promises of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the literal Cavalry may not be coming, at least not as quickly as we might like.

And then there’s more shenanigans even though the Trumpist Regime is beginning to come to terms with its end.

But, for right now let’s recognize what it means to be safe at home for those of us that have that luxury.  We should also remember that much of the financial help for the first wave is disappearing.  

President-elect Joe Biden is set to take office in January. But with both the House and the Senate back at work now, Washington has time to take up a problem that can’t wait until next year, with the expiration of assistance programs created with the CARES Act in March.

The extension of unemployment benefits and the weekly $300 bonus payment are set to expire by Dec. 31 unless Congress can agree on another stimulus bill that could include a second economic stimulus check for $1,200.

“The November Before You Came,” colored pencil, pencil, gauche, and water soluble graphite. Piece by Jessica Boehman.

So, I guess my thought for the day is that we’re going to all be hunkering down again which is necessary because so many states and people did not do it earlier.  But just as we all start trying to face the inevitable the person were supposed to be able to forget sends his troops out to harass his ordained enemies.  “Top Trump coronavirus adviser tells Michigan to “rise up” against new restrictions”.

Dr. Scott Atlas, a close adviser to President Trump on the coronavirus pandemic, encouraged Michigan residents to “rise up” after Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced more stringent restrictions on schools and businesses to mitigate a surge in coronavirus cases.

So, I’m in acceptance mode.  I just got a replacement yoga mat–fancier and more cushioned but still quite purple–to replace the one some one borrowed and never returned last year at the beginning of the first shut down.  I am now on Medicare.  I have a Silver Sneakers fitness program which includes Zoom Yoga and I intend to use it.

I’m planting more perennial herbs and some bulbs so that spring will be a bit cheerier.  I’m  hoping my Dr kids get the vaccine soon.  They likely need it more than any one even though they do no work directly with COVID patients.  I’m hoping my youngest can donate convalescent plasma when her symptoms end and that her best friend who is a Covid ICU nurse gets the vaccine and doesn’t wear out.  At least they’re in states with sane governors and cities with good mayors, like me.  For that, I am grateful.

I am also grateful for you my sweet community of 12 plus years.  If we’re going to stay home, we have each other and here to share.  I’m trying to take Anderson Cooper’s advice as well as that of Jessica Boehman.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
I could see the city light
Wind was blowing, time stood still
Eagle flew out of the night
He was something to observe
Came in close, I heard a voice
Standing stretching every nerve
Had to listen had no choice
I did not believe the information
(I) just had to trust imagination
My heart going boom boom boom
“Son,” he said “Grab your things,
I’ve come to take you home.”

20 Comments on “Monday Reads: ‘And the people stayed home’”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Have a good week! Stock up on nice warm winter comfort items and food!

    And I don’t even know what to make of this … other than Climate Change is real!!!

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  4. MsMass says:

    Very good post, I especially like the A Cooper piece.I quibble with his statement that he or his network has been pointing out Trump lies and ineptitude. They just reported what he said, the analysis that he’s been LYING all along is only a recent thing..anyway I hope the network hammers down on his continued incompetence and outright sabotage of Covid efforts. God, I hate him and his minions with an outstanding passion.
    Having worked in hospitals for almost 40 years, I try to imagine what being overwhelmed to this degree would look like. Beds in corridors, too too many patients per assignment, death at every turn. The medical profession is going to be burnt to a crisp and what will we do then?
    So, stay healthy and try to stay out of the hospital.

    • bostonboomer says:

      That is just not true. I have been watching CNN more than MSNBC lately because they do explicitly call out Trump’s lies and his disgusting behavior. Anderson Cooper does it every single night. So does Don Lemon. CNN has a dedicated reporter, Daniel Dale whose only job is to keep track of Trump’s lies, and he reports them every single day. CNN’s White House reporters, Jim Acosta and Kaitlin Collins are excellent. They ask aggressive questions and report honestly. Abby Phillip is also very good. In the daytime, national security reporter Jim Sciutto is also excellent. None of this is just a recent thing.

      • Rob Martin says:

        I agree. I generally have MSNBC on when I work. But I will not subject myself to Chuck Todd, and I began watching Brianna Keilar, who CNN schedules opposite him in the afternoon. She’s very good–pointed and not the least bit mealy-mouthed. There’s none of that infuriating both-sides framing that Todd takes past the point of absurdity.

    • dakinikat says:

      Thanks I think more and more commentators and news folks are getting fed up with all of this. While CNN has a lot of both siderisms because they put these crazy republicans on I’m not sure all of their news staff has just ignored it. MSNBC has a few people that have always done this too. It kind of depends on the news personality.

      • bostonboomer says:

        CNN hasn’t had any of the “crazy Republicans” on since the election was called. I still watch Rachel and Lawrence O’Donnell, but I can’t put up with Chris Hayes. I don’t think any of the daytime people on MSNBC are worth watching except for Nicole Wallace, but she has a lot of Republicans on too, since she worked for George W. Bush. She may have left the party, but she is still quite conservative.

  5. Pat Johnson says:

    What is amazing is that I am still astounded over Trump’s overall selfishness that, by this time, one would think be commonplace.

    But how is it that this one man, backed by a handful of enablers, dismiss and ignore the death count happening daily across the nation he supposedly leads? How do you merely turn your back on that number and just walk away from the disaster by golfing and tweeting about a “win” that did not happen? And how is it that roughly half of this nation cheers him on? Absurd!

    A normal person would find it difficult to sleep at night wondering what he/she could do better to lessen the pain. A normal person would seek the advice of experts in those fields experienced in handling and treating a pandemic of this nature. A normal person would care. Trump could not care less. Too wrapped up with himself to consider others he continues to exercise his power merely in soothing himself.

    His lack of achievement will be what defines him both as a person and as a leader. His selfishness is beyond description. There is no depth to Trump but there is a bottomless pit of his corruption. His thinking is corrupt. His soul is corrupt. His humanity is non existent.

    Let’s hope he flies off to Mar A Lago next week and stays there. Let him lick his wounds as the country does its damnedness to recover from his miserable 4 years. How awful must it be to reside in the skin of Donald J. Trump. The truest version of an empty vessel that I have ever seen.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Trump isn’t normal. He doesn’t feel any emotions except about himself. He doesn’t care about Americans dying or about the future of the country. He’s a psychopath. He can’t even feel shame about his behavior. The only feelings he can feel are self-pity, humiliation, and rage.

  6. dakinikat says:

    My Congressman is headed to the White House for some job …

    • NW Luna says:

      Hope you get another good Congressman when Richmond leaves.

      • dakinikat says:

        I’m hoping Helena Morena runs … she’s been a state rep and a city council woman. She’s a Latina and was a tv anchor before going to the statehouse. I think she’d be wonderful!

  7. NW Luna says:

    More detailed info on the vaccines. The Moderna one keeps for up to 6 months in a standard freezer, and up to 1 month in a standard refrigerator, so storing or transporting it should be relatively easy.

    So far everything I’ve read in the medical news indicates that first priority for the vaccine will be front-line healthcare workers.

    The mRNA-1273 vaccine can be shipped and stored for up to 6 months at –20° C (about –4° F), a temperature maintained in most home or medical freezers, according to Moderna. The company expects that after the product thaws, it will remain stable at standard refrigerator temperatures of 2° to 8° C (36° to 46° F) for up to 30 days within the 6-month shelf life.

    “Moderna just released data extending the shelf life from 7 days to 30 days. The longer shelf life of the Moderna RNA vaccine at refrigerator temperatures (2° to 8° C, 36° to 46° F) is very good news. This will simplify storing, transporting, and distributing this vaccine,” Kennedy said.

    Because the mRNA-1273 vaccine is stable at these refrigerator temperatures, it can be stored at most physicians’ offices, pharmacies, and hospitals, the company notes. In contrast, the similar Pfizer BTN162b2 vaccine ― early results for which showed a 90% efficacy rate, as reported by Medscape Medical News ― requires shipment and storage at “deep freeze” conditions of –70° C or –80° C, which is more challenging from a logistic point of view.

  8. NW Luna says:

    I’m supposed to do a face to face lecture

    Don’t do this (if at all possible)! It’s unsafe, and it’s irresponsible and callous for your employer to require this when other options exist. There may be something in your state or city regs about employers having to provide safe working conditions if covid-19 is a threat.

    My state just got new regs due to cases rising and we’re not even that high. No indoor dining, telework must be allowed unless not feasible, indoor gatherings with anyone outside your household is limited to people who’ve quarantined for 2 weeks before mingling with others, and limit 5 for outdoor gatherings, to mention a few of the limits.