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4-7-20 The best of times

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the...

3-31-20 All the world’s a stage

Shakespeare’s play, As You Like It, spins a tale of jealousy, deceit, love, misdirection and finally, resolution. The observation of “Melancholy Jaques” that “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players…” has been often quoted when referring to...

3-24-20 Shelter

In the late 60s, as the war in Vietnam was raging, fear and resentment divided the nation. Attitudes were sharply divided between support and opposition while many were stranded in the middle with fervent wishes for resolution and return to a calm, “normal” life. ...

3-17-20 An audience of none

In some political circles, the phrase “an audience of one” often refers to those seeking to impress a single person rather than any group, special interest or cause. It appears that now, the audience for gatherings has been reduced to none. During a period of distress...

3-10-20 An existential threat?

For all the blemishes and squabbles that arise in our community, when facing emergency situations, unanimity is apparently the rule rather than an exception. The current coronavirus contagion is a test of that character. Citizens, local government and a robust health...

3-3-20 Amity with calamity?

Responsible acceptance of risk leads to plans for mitigation that can hopefully modify any untoward results. Personal concerns typically focus on property and family safety while governmental entities have many of the same concerns, but on a much broader scale. In...