6. Racism continues to be a central issue for America
|W. E. B. Du Bois|
The murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer was captured in a chilling video. It has left indelible impressions in our minds and hearts. We white people can see unmistakably what our fellow black and brown citizens have been telling us for decades, even centuries. We now can understand that all those previous instances of black people dying at the hands of police were not exaggerations. In fact, all those separate incidents are not separate at all but expressions of systemic issues with our policing agencies reflecting the systemic issues in our communities. This time, perhaps, enough is enough.
7. National leadership is abominable while state leaders shine.
8. Solitude is not all bad.
It turns out that I have never been a big fan of constant social interaction. My professional life was spent interacting with people constantly. However, my leisure activities were all solitary: photography (capturing, developing and printing images), reading, writing, hiking, walking/running, and web site development. With the pandemic, I have more time to do these very things and do not miss social interaction as much as others.
9. I have upped my cooking game with Ninja Foodi Deluxe
Typically, I cook dinner. I got into that habit when I had retired, and Marilyn was still working. It was a way of lightening her load a bit but also allowed me to set the time for dinner rather than have it vary depending on Marilyn. I like to eat between 6 and 6:30 and cooking, which I like, was not any price at all to pay to ensure that. Once Marilyn retired, she began to do some more cooking but I probably did more than she did. My meals have been pretty basic and prepared quickly. With the Ninja Foodi Deluxe, I have been doing more complicated recipes that often include sauces. So far I have done the following: several salmon dinners with tasty sauces, braised short ribs, jambalaya, pineapple upside-down cake, berry upside-down cake, seared scallops and pearled couscous, chicken and fried rice, chicken and dirty rice and more. So far I am having a lot of fun and Marilyn is enjoying the food. Come to think of it, this reminds me of a certain fence getting whitewashed in Hannibal Missouri.
10. My sleep has improved
11. Zoom, zoom
I have learned or come to an awareness of many other things as well but these are the ones that are the most significant.