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 …

I Was Vaccinated, and I Fear No More

by Jonathan Spira

Immediately after getting my first coronavirus inoculation, I felt like a, superman, albeit not quite in the sense of Nietzsche’s Übermensch.  Of course I realized that my journey through the Age of the Coronavirus was far from over, but it was one step closer to a beginning of a return to normalcy.
On a recent Sunday, I received my second vaccine shot and that evening, headed to the restaurant Daniel, a …

In a Turning Point for the Pandemic, CDC Says Vaccinated People Can Gather Without Masks

by Anna Breuer

People who are fully vaccinated can start to resume some activities without donning face masks or practicing social distance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday, as it released long-awaited guidance on for inoculated individuals.
The center said that indoor gatherings with people who have all been fully vaccinated are now allowed, and that attendees do not need to wear masks.
Fully inoculated people are those who have received the …