Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #45

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #45

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #45 Sunday April 25, 2020 Helping someone else. The very best cures for depression, ennui, and just that anxious lousy feeling of worry is to get out there and find somebody else to HELP. In...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #44

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #44

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #44 April 25, 2020 Lake Geneva, WI Harley Davidson, Trek, and Alan Edmonds Shoes…what do they all have in common? The automobile, or rather the lack of those human carriages has brought a certain...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #43

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #43

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #43 April 23, 2020 Some ninety-year-old doctor keeps coming on the television to pronounce that there are waves of the virus coming just up ahead. The tsunami analogy fits perfectly for this kind of utter...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #42

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #42

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #42 April 23, 2020 I feel like the outlier or outsider once again, as I look at the figures posted on MSNBC this morning. Supposedly 76 percent of the public think that these stay at home rules are the right...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #41

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #41

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #41 April 22, 2020 Capitalism is simply a word used to describe the social and economic structure of how our culture exchanges goods and services for other goods and services. It is a formalized system of...
The Duke, Part Eleven

The Duke, Part Eleven

THE DUKE Part XI With the Bofors rounds safely tucked into the padded back seat of the Corvair, Jimmy drove the machine down Kalakaua toward the zoo, this time his driving so slow and careful Darren couldn’t believe it.  Jimmy’s moving of the rounds from the front...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #40

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #40

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #40 April 21, 2020 Enforcement. So far, the major effort to increase testing has been led by a media and governmental effort to describe the tests as some form of allowing those testing negative to feel relief,...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #39

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #39

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #39 April 20, 2020 The gloves and the masks. I have masks now. I am trying to get used to wearing one whenever I go out. I also have surgical gloves now, something I’ve never worn in my life. There seems...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #38

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #38

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #38 April 20, 2020 When I was in Vietnam, fighting down in the A Shau Valley, the North Vietnamese Army installed drums along the top edges of the cliff complex up above both sides of the valley, which was less...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #37

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #37

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #37 April 19, 2020 You didn’t do anything. It’s not your fault, and no, failing to wear a mask everywhere or rub with sanitizer at every contact is not your fault. We have all been conditioned by...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #36

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #36

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVD19) Pandemic, Reflection #36 April 19, 2020   As the nation shuts down. Although the door is closed and the signs are up, the nation has not achieved full shut down status just yet. The effects of shutting down are what I am...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #35

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #35

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #35 April 18, 2020 Governor Andrew Cuomo, of New York, said, this morning, on national television, that he walks the dogs, and when he’s outside he wears a mask and distances himself properly. He said...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #34

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #34

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #34 April 18, 2020 Lake Geneva, WI You are believing the numbers. You are believing the numbers on the daily, or hourly scoreboard. Almost everyone is. Those numbers have replaced sports numbers although they...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #33

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #33

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #33 April 18, 2020 Once again, the nation splits down the center politically with the ‘stay at home’ orders issued to all but seven states, which includes 97% of the population. Arkansas, Utah,...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #32

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #32

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #32 April 17, 2020   Think of a bicycle. The bike is fine at speed. It remains upright and directionally easy to turn, to slow, to speed up and more. But, if the bike slows way down, the stability brought...
Coronavirus, (COVID19), Reflection #31

Coronavirus, (COVID19), Reflection #31

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #31 April 16, 2020 Lake Geneva And the beat goes on. Wisconsin extends the ‘stay at home’ rule until May 26th. More than another month of this. They also want to get tough on giving tests to people...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #30

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #30

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #30 April 16, 2020 New York Orders Residents to Wear Masks in Public Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said all New Yorkers must wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible, including on public transport, in...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #29

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #29

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #29 Apri1l, 16 2020 What may be coming in the night (or the day), as the first days of next week dawn and poor people come to the end of a rope…because they may starve themselves without food but they...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #28

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #28

Journaling the Coronavirus  (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #27 April 15, 2020 Faraday. Michael Faraday, from the 1800s. He was an expert on electromagnetism. He invented what’s called a Faraday cage, as effective today as it was back then. You can get a Faraday...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #27

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #27

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #27 April 14, 202 Where are the railroad cars? I have seen the WWII movies, and I have seen the black and white rough films of the Jews being loaded onto railroad cars to be taken to ‘work’ camps....
The Duke, Part Ten

The Duke, Part Ten

THE DUKE Part X Jimmy pulled the Corvair Monza Spyder up to the curb, parking parallel, right in front of the steps that led into the Lewis of Hollywood hairstyling salon where Darren’s mom worked. Jimmy jumped out of the car without opening the door, one of his...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #26

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #26

Reflection on the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, #26 April 13, 2020 Here they come. With the help of Apple and Google, the Washington Post reports this morning that the government might finally have a partial solution to the spread of the virus. They want to...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #24

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #24

Journaling the Coronavirus (Covid19) Pandemic, Reflection #24 March 11, 2020 Lake Geneva, WI The loosening of the Social Fabric. Go out there and check it for yourself among the people you see and the effects you observe in your community. In my community, I was...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #23

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #23

Journaling Reflections of the Coronavirus (CIVID19) Pandemic 2020 April 11, 2020 And the beat goes on. I am sorry to report, although you’ve no doubt read or heard it elsewhere, that Michigan has banned home to home visits, travel to cottages or even visiting...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #22

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #22

Reflection # 22 of the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic April 11, 2020 Near-total unawareness and dunce cap density of directed thought. Yes, I am writing about perhaps ninety percent of the American public, and its more than knee-jerk reaction to the governmental and...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #21

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #21

Reflections on the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic #21 Aril 11, 2020 It is entirely a competition. The competition is not portrayed to be what it is, almost ever, unless in fiction or for specific circumstances. But it isn’t about specificity. It’s about...
Coronavirus (COVID10) Reflection #20

Coronavirus (COVID10) Reflection #20

Reflection on the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic. April 10, 2020 The question is moot. There is no real answer or series of answers. The question is: how many jobs have been lost to the nation’s reaction to the spread of the Coronavirus? Similar moot questions...
Coronavirus (COVD19) Reflection #19

Coronavirus (COVD19) Reflection #19

Reflections on the Coronavirus (COVID19) – Right Now April 9, 2020 Right now. The agents of the government are coming with money. Well, for some. Well, maybe. And they’ll be here soon, with the money, well maybe, for some. Right now, however, the effects...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #18

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #18

Reflection # 18 Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic April 8, 2020 The Devolving of Humanity – Why? What happened? What took place across our interlocked and pervasively communicated land that caused our culture to change from one of a foundationally effective society...
The Duke, Part Nine

The Duke, Part Nine

THE DUKE PART IX  Darren slept fitfully in his bedroom at the house on 16th Avenue.  His brother had left for the Mainland, and St. Norbert College months before, so he had the whole room to himself.  Darren would be going to the same college if he lived that long. ...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #17

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #17

Reflection on the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic March 31, 2020 I posted this on my Facebook pages and for some strange reason it created some spirited dialog about being an alarmist and creating “panic”. Interesting times when common sense ideas are...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #16

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #16

Reflections focused on the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic March 27, 2020 What you are going to need, as this crisis across the country really begins to bite into almost everyone’s personal life and need for survival: During this “pandemic” have great...
The Duke, Part Eight

The Duke, Part Eight

THE DUKE Part Eight Jimmy pulled on both oars, his skinny body bending forward and then back like a single reed of bamboo in the wind. There was no discussion about whom would do the rowing.  Jimmy was so adept and happy at performing the seemingly simple task that...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #15

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #15

Reflections focused on the Corona Virus (COVID19) Pandemic March 27, 2020 Lake Geneva The tragedy. The loss. The feelings expressed by those around me that I am thinking negative thoughts. How to endure? To move on? To stay home and wait? How many of the small...
Coronavirus (COVID19) , Refelction #14

Coronavirus (COVID19) , Refelction #14

Reflection #14 regarding the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic March 26, 2020 The phrase “continuity of government” may not mean anything to you. To ‘players’ back in my day, the executive orders surrounding this phrase meant a lot and caused a...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #13

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #13

Reflection on the Coronavirus (COVID19) March 26, 2020 Draco. The name of a scribe in ancient Greece. His job was to assign punishments for crimes. His punishments were so severe that his name has been passed down through the ages as meaning unreasonable severity....
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #12

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #12

Reflection #12 on the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic March 25, 2020 2.2 trillion dollars. $2,200,000,000,000. Where in the hell did this motley collection of ill-credentialed strange people get hold of 2.2 trillion without much complaint by anybody at all? How is it...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #11

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #11

Reflections on the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic March 25, 2020 How tough are you? Oh, not the Harley Davidson, Sylvester Stallone or even Bruce Willis kind of tough. I am writing about how tough you may or may not be when the chips are down. When the job is gone, as...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #10

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #10

Reflections on the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic Dateline: Lake Geneva, Wi March 24, 2020 Who is in your life, and why is that seemingly strange question important right now? I received an extremely complimentary call last night from a rather important person living...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #9

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #9

Coronavirus (COVID19 Reflection #9 March 23, 2020 Neither you, nor I, created this Coronavirus situation, or the result of being grounded to our homes. And, it doesn’t matter. What matters is what we do in response to these situations. Staying at home, aside...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #8

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #8

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #8 SOCIAL DISTANCING A Short dissertation today Why it can’t work. Social distancing can work to assure that human to human transfers of all manner of communicable ills is not spread. That part of disease resolution is patently...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflections #7

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflections #7

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #7 March 21, 2020 Can you hear the thunder? A distant thunderstorm. is on the horizon of America, but most American’s are deaf to its approach. The storm is one of violent cells, each with the potential to destroy vast segments...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #6

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #6

Reflections on the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic,, March 20, 2020 “Do you hear the people sing…” What is happening to the United States under the pretense of a grand ‘zombie’ sort of unstoppable and super deadly disease is hard to...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #5

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #5

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection March 21 Dateline: Lake Geneva, WI   It’s all over the place if you are paying attention. I went to the Sentry Grocery Store today and passed through the fruit area. Yesterday, Honey Dew melons were on sale; 2 for $5.00. I...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #4

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #4

Reflections on the Coronavirus (COVID19) March 21, 2020 Adapt. The most fundamental and nearly unspoken primary asset and philosophy of the United States Marine Corps, and one I found to be the only place to go, when I was a Marine in combat, to give me any hope of...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #3

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #3

Reflections on the Coronavirus (Covid19) March 20, 2020 I am coming to hate them. I never hated them before, not any of them. Oh, I have not cared from some of the Fox commentators but I never thought much about the anchors. Now I am thinking about them, and not just...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #2

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #2

COVID19 To be made in what image? To be reproduced at who’s direction? The nation is being brought to its knees and the causal factor is being touted as this new virus. But is that it? This nation, if it goes to sleep for the next two to three months, will never...
Reflections on the Coronavirus (COVID19)

Reflections on the Coronavirus (COVID19)

Coronavirus (Covid19) March 18, 2020 It becomes ever more draconian, regardless of statistics seeming to indicate that this new virus is much like old ones when it comes to making people very ill or killing them. Right now, as I write this, one of the major leaders of...
The Duke, Part Seven

The Duke, Part Seven

THE DUKE Part VII   Jimmy and Darren sat in dejection on the curb in front of the Moana Hotel in downtown Waikiki. Neither Judy nor Alice had come back to the front part of the closed-off rear bar area of the lobby where Elvis was filming. Star Black had been let...
Sitting On The Bottom, Looking Down

Sitting On The Bottom, Looking Down

Dateline: March 16, 2020 Lake Geneva WI Sitting on the Bottom and Looking Down. There is only one direction to go from that orientation. That light up there, when one can take one’s eyes off where they’ve been directed to go by nearly everyone, is the...
The Duke, Part Six

The Duke, Part Six

THE DUKE Part Six Sunday dinner at the Cannon Club was the big event of the week.  Darren went in early, more to figure out how to accommodate, or at least survive, the rage Chef Wu would be expressing, than anything else.  There was always cleaning to be done so...
THE CAT, Chapter XXV

THE CAT, Chapter XXV

The raft came in toward the river bank hard and fast, faster than the boy, or anyone on the raft, except for the cat, was ready for. Hasti leaped from the bow of the raft just as it struck one of the larger rocks sticking up just above the water, its revealed size...
The Duke, Part Five

The Duke, Part Five

THE DUKE Part V There was only one person sitting in the room when Darren and Jimmy entered from the hall. Jimmy brushed against a lamp and had to settle it back on its table with both hands shaking in nervous anticipation about what he had glimpsed. A man sat at the...
The Duke, Part Four

The Duke, Part Four

The Duke Part IV  Darren was as little prepared for the awesomely frightening nuclear display as Jimmy had been. Star Black had actually taken it best, although her comment when they got down from the mountain neither understood “I don’t understand what’s such a big...