Post 30/2020 Tuesday 15 September Pandemic hotspots. Climate wildfires. Hurricane Sally. Midwestern floods. White House denials. A changing world stares us in the face. It’s right there before our eyes. We’re pushed to comprehend it all. In the middle of it all, I puzzle: How can my thoughts and actions make a dent in this raging, almost incomprehensible, unprecedented interconnected state of affairs?
Thankfully, I’m far from alone. I can join the host of people in communities around the country and world whose hearts and minds are set on doing what’s right, who are committed to making a difference, who listen to the anguish, who refuse to be cowed by misinformation, lies and lame excuses. Lord have mercy.
My heart goes out to those who in the Western fires have lost loved ones, homes and communities–whose whole towns have been incinerated. I grieve for those who have suffered from Covid-19. I hardly know how to imagine the sense of helplessness, trepidation and loss in those who stand in the way of another hurricane. Lord have mercy.
I’m glad for the insights of people in the know. For one, I quote pandemic expert W. Ian Lipkin, M.D., director of the Columbia University Center for Infection and Immunity.
Lipkin answered some questions in the September AARP Bulletin, including, “How do people die from COVID-19, and why is it so hard to treat?” His answer: “Respiratory failure is the most common cause of death, but people also have strokes, neurological disease and blood vessel damage. One of the things that’s striking about this virus is that it has the capacity to cause so many different types of disease. You could call this virus diabolical in that sense.”
Who wouldn’t want to behave in both personal and communal interests by social distancing, properly washing hands and wearing a mask? Bless all the people who do. Thanks be to God.
A walk around Syracuse Lake
The Calendar Garden within the 13-acre Defries Gardens has plantings typical of the the 12 months of the year. It’s a lovely, tranquil, magical place, located on the Elkhart River east of New Paris, IN. We stopped here on the way home from Syracuse. No one else around. Heavenly.