Sure, Italy was in lockdown. But the truth is, I was having a hard time understanding what that really meant. It’s hard to let go of our plans. When life throws a curveball, we still want to swing.
As the new year begins, it looks a lot like the year that just ended. Yes, we have a vaccine now for Covid19, but the success of it will take many months to change our current situation. And that is only if everyone gets… Continue Reading “Janus: Looking Forward, Looking Back”
A few days ago, a man yelled at me in the post office. I came home and made myself a drink. My response was not cause and effect per se. My response was simply my present. A mixture of Covid19 and a country unhinged.… Continue Reading “The Paradoxical Present”
Maybe I have Covid19. I spent four months in Italy when infection rates were the highest in the world. Most of that time I was in Sicily. In quarantine, like everyone else in Italy. Unable to leave my apartment except for necessities. And since… Continue Reading “Covid Testing and Quarantine – Part 1”
Leaving Italy after four months during Coronovirus proved a bit more challenging than I expected.
What do you do when stuck in a foreign country during a worldwide pandemic and your Schengen visa expires?
Home, in the most fundamental sense, is where are essential needs are met. During the Covid19 pandemic, many Americans are struggling to keep a roof over their head. Others are wrestling with what it means to feel safe. Where does the need for home fit within a struggling economy?
Understanding Italy’s Liberation Day, particularly in the midst of the Covid19 pandemic.
During quarantine, there’s a prevailing thought that we are “stuck” at home. Even Ellen DeGeneres, currently living in yet another of her fabulous homes, surrounded by gardens and mountains, compared being at home to “being in jail.” Not a fair comparison by any means… Continue Reading “Sheltered in Place: Play”
My plane leaves from Athens today. 3:00pm. Athens to Vancouver. Vancouver to Chicago. Chicago to Tulsa. I’ve received so many emails and flight updates that I am thoroughly confused. Best as I can tell, my flight to Tulsa now leaves before I even reach… Continue Reading “Resting”
Listening to Handel’s Messiah while in Sicily during the Covid19 pandemic
Quarantine measures have been extended in Italy. In L.A. In many parts of the world. And for this, I am glad. We’re not ready for life to “return to normal.” We’re still in denial. Still making excuses. Still raging. We haven’t hit rock bottom… Continue Reading “Sacrifice. Addiction. Resurrection.”