Category Archives: COVID-19

New Year’s Eve, 2021

In the last year, I lost multiple contexts. I gave one up voluntarily. The rest ended because of COVID-19 restrictions, or because people moved away, retired, or left particular roles. None of this dislocation and loss holds a candle to … Continue reading

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Place of Business

Routine’s a good thing. Economic stability is a really good thing. You can put up with a lot in order to have those things. My routine work life occurred in a rabbit warren of hallways and cubicle alleys jammed into … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Holidays

If you go here and fill in these values, You get to see some tender mercies: Massachusetts Unemployment Claims (I deleted every other week (mostly) because I only want to show the trend.) A drop in the unemployment rate from … Continue reading

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Career Planning, part 1

You know the background to your work life, and I know mine. Everything I think and do goes on while immersed in this mental world. The pressures never let up, but they are so pervasive and elemental, I forget to … Continue reading

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You, Wherever You Are

When I planned this blog, I thought I knew who you would be, Reader. I thought the blog would come to the attention of people who live somewhere near route 117, because I would mention place names along the road, … Continue reading

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God Is Like

God is like a creep with his arm slung around my neck, pulling me closer than I want. God is like the handsomest man in the room, absorbed in his responsibilities, never looking up from his laptop. God is like … Continue reading

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COVID-19, Mental Health, the Churches, and God

Friends, I first published a version of this article on April 17. I checked the original recently, and some aspects of the websites I mention have changed. This update should be useful a bit longer than my original post. Maybe … Continue reading

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That Question, Again

When the shut-down order was given in March, most businesses that depend on walk-in traffic had to freeze in place. Their income vanished and all they could do was wait. Now they’re waiting to see if reopening can save them. … Continue reading

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COVID-19 and Some Massachusetts Towns and Cities

Look! Data about the towns along route 117 in Massachusetts — and the city of Chelsea, the COVID-19 epicenter of Massachusetts. Many people there live crowded together, and they do all the kinds of work that put them in the … Continue reading

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Litany for a Pandem—

Never mind. All my churches are online now, sanctuaries I can practically touch and smell in memory, voices I love that I haven’t heard in years. Yes, O God, I said love. You are my obsession that I can’t help; … Continue reading

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