Summer Time for 2021 Begins Sunday in a European Union Grappling with a Third Wave

by Jesse Sokolow

PARIS—One year ago, Europe changed its clocks in the grip of a great unknown, a new coronavirus that was moving rapidly across the Continent. More than a year after the outbreak was declared a pandemic, Europe continues to struggle with the virus amidst a third wave of infections, a botched vaccination program, and an increase of lockdown measures.
Now, for what may be one of the last times, clocks in the …

Jack DeBoer, Residence Inn Founder, Dies at 90

by Kurt Stolz

Jack DeBoer, the founder of the Residence Inn hotel chain and a pioneer of the extended-stay and all-suite hotel concepts, died on March 12 at the age of 90 after being treated for cancer.
Mr. DeBoer, who began his career at the age of ten selling pansies out of his wagon by going door to door, was born on January 15, 1931 and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His parents were in …

Theater Review: ‘Party Line’ – Your Corona Life is Calling

by Jonathan Spira

Every night from March 8 through March 15, my telephone rang at precisely 8 p.m. The line crackled, and there were sounds of electromechanical switching and MF or multi-frequency tone signaling. An intercept message played:  “You have reached a number that has been disconnected or no longer in service.”  Suddenly, there was a lone still voice: “Everything is bothering me,” Sophie (Ellen Walz) tells someone, Megan (Chris Padro) as  we learn it …

World Happiness Day is Today, But Can Anyone Be Happy During a Pandemic?

by Kurt Stolz

A global pandemic was declared some 374 days ago, and one subject frequently discussed in public and in private was how the coronavirus affects people’s moods.  Are we anxious all the time and sad or, if we are lucky, possibly cheerful and optimistic.
It may surprise you to know that today, Saturday, is the United Nation’s annual International Day of Happiness and the day on which the 2021 World Happiness Report …

Say Goodbye to Winter: The Spring Equinox is Saturday

by Anna Breuer

And what a season it’s been.  By this time most years, the Northern Hemisphere is tired of Old Man Winter, but bitterly cold conditions early in the season kept many inside amidst the coronavirus pandemic as well.  The good news is that, despite the groundhog’s prognostication, spring is finally at our doorstep.  Indeed, the first day of spring is Saturday, March 20 and the equinox occurs at 5:57 a.m. EDT..
While …

Covid and Travel: There Is Light at the End of the Tunnel, But the CDC Won’t Tell You About It (Yet)

by Jonathan Spira

If you found something missing last week when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance saying that those who had received both of their Covid-19 inoculations could socialize with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or maintaining their distance, you weren’t alone.
Immediately upon reading the guidance as well as our news brief on the topic, my mind went to travel.  Riding in an airplane is safer …

Daylight Saving Time for 2021 to Start This Sunday in the U.S.

by Paul Riegler

After one year of a pandemic that has sickened almost 120 million people and resulted in the deaths of over 2.6 million, people are very much ready for astrological spring to arrive. One sign of spring is the arrival of Daylight Saving Time, which starts this Sunday, March 14, at 2 a.m. local time in most parts of the United States and Canada.
Clocks should be set ahead by one hour.
This …