The Pandemic and Masks

The news about the pandemic is not favorable this week. By all accounts, there is a dramatic increase in the number of new cases and deaths. In Kansas, health experts report that people in their 20’s and 30’s make up the majority of those cases. Speculation is that the rise may well be the result of gatherings over Memorial Day.

The medical experts say those not wearing masks in public places exacerbate the problem. Those invincible young folks that are gathering in bars, parties, and preferred social settings are risking their health and that of their families.

Has wearing a mask to keep others safe become a political issue? I don’t understand how this violates anyone’s rights, as some claim. I am not crazy about wearing one as they are not comfortable, but I believe it is the right thing to do.

As crucial as the racism issue is, has it superseded the pandemic? Can we not give priority to both? This virus does not see color, and we need to care for each other. Do you wear a mask? Why or Why Not?

…thats30 for today.

Anticipating Change and New Beginnings

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As we begin to see our communities open up from the initial wave of Covid-19 many of us are anticipating a great deal of change in our near future.

Last week Ford announced they are opening their plant near Kansas City, and they have created a 70-page employee manual detailing their new normal. Manufacturing plants are complicated, as I remember from my time at Boeing. I can only imagine new factory employee guidelines and operating procedures.

Churches are developing their plans to worship at a safe distance. Many are forgoing song as the experts say this will distribute viruses. What is church without our favorite hymns? Communities are trying to determine if and or when to open pools and recreation centers. Online grocery shopping is fast becoming routine.

School districts are working hard to figure out how and when schools can continue. I suspect there will be significant changes when this happens. Youth sports and summer activities will most likely experience new policies.

We are also experiencing innovation and creativity. Take, for example, Telehealth; medical offices have adapted quickly to employing technology to see patients. Workplace cleanliness will no doubt take on a more significant role. Could we see firms hiring a Director of Sanitation? I suspect there are other examples of new careen opportunities not even known today.

What are your thoughts, ideas, or hopes as we navigate the pandemic? Let’s begin a dialog.


I am living proof that rainy days do not help the isolation. Here we are on day 42 of the Stay-At-Home Order, and the weather is not cooperating.

Yesterday, it was sunny warm, and delightful. We got some things done around the house and picked up our online grocery order. I ordered some face masks online as it appears they will become a necessary accessory for months to come.

While out, I drove past a massive mall with only a handful of cars in the vast lot. Will these stores survive, or will we adapt to new ways of shopping?

Speaking of adapting, tomorrow, we will gather (six feet apart) in front of my second son’s home to wish our grandson a Happy 5th birthday. No hugging but a a present was mailed earlier.

Today may be aggravating, but we’ve got it better than many. I hope all are doing well, adjusting to what we all hope if a temporary reality. Stay Safe and Wash your hands.