We love the way the Fringe brings people and life and music and fun to the heart of the city where we live. The Fringe is always one of the highlights of our summer. We take in as many plays as we can. This year things will be different.“I try to make my customers laugh. I try to make them smile. I try to make their day a little better.” Yesterday I watched a great video thanks to my subscription to The Atlantic. It was about a grocery store worker in New York. His goal every day is to bring a little joy to his customers. He admits he’s scared each night when he returns to his family in their small apartment. Could he have contracted COVID-19 at work and will he pass it on to his two small children? But he says, “Someday I want to be able to tell my kids, during the pandemic your Dad did his part.”
Yesterday my daughter-in-law asked if I had any jigsaw puzzles she could borrow. We are a puzzling family and I actually wanted to buy one for her Easter basket but all the websites I went to said their jigsaw puzzles were sold out. I have a couple I’ve finished since the pandemic started and I will take those over today. I know the Thrift Store where I was a volunteer always had lots for sale. But their doors are closed right now. Luckily my sister has supplied me with puzzles that should last me for the next month or so and has offered me more.
I’ve been thinking about the children I taught in an after school tutoring program in Runaway Bay Jamaica. They lived in these shanty towns and most of their homes didn’t have electricity or running water. How will they and their families fare during the pandemic?
Here I am with some students at a high school in Phnom Penh where I was a volunteer. Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen was initially sceptical about the virus and arrested people who were sharing information about its danger. An article a week ago in the National Post says Hun Sen has now used the virus to give himself sweeping powers something that many think is extremely dangerous in light of Hun Sen’s past political record. He has committed a wide range of human rights violations during his 35 years in power.
My cousin who lives in Taiwan sent this photo he took in a bank. The chairs with X’s are to be left empty in order to provide adequate distancing between customers waiting to be served. Taiwan has done an excellent job of handling the pandemic. In this article in Time magazine Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-Wen explains how they have prevented a major outbreak of COVID-19.
Three silver linings of COVID-19
- Manitoba Public Insurance reports 20% fewer traffic collisions
- March 2020 was the first March in two decades where there was not a single school shooting in the United States
- My friends in Hong Kong routinely post photos of the unusually clean air over their city. According to the BBC, carbon emissions are down 25% in China, Italy and India.