Coronavirus

Our coronavirus gap year

July 19, 2020

To cope with the ping pong of good news followed by harrowing aftermath, I’ve started thinking of this time as our “coronavirus gap year.” How Emily Perl Kingsley’s essay “Welcome to Holland” applies to the current pandemi

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“We are both” – The blunder of binary thinking

July 5, 2020

Our brains may be hardwired towards a “binary bias” – this or that, happy or despondent. But DNA need not define our destiny. We can be both.

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When did your pandemic end?

June 7, 2020

Pandemics typically have two types of endings. The medical and the social, when the epidemic of fear about the disease wanes. Are we there?

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Corona calculations for the Seder

April 12, 2020

Our family went to extraordinary lengths to try to be together for Pesach Seder and to keep me, a high-risk patient, safe. Did we succeed?

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Preparing for death

March 29, 2020

OK, that headline is a bit of a red herring. I’m not dying now nor am I planning to any time soon. But lately I’ve been thinking about death a lot. Four ways that human beings grapple with a world in which we no longer exist.

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Is Jewish “fear of the other” driving Israel’s response to the new coronavirus?

March 15, 2020

Israel’s response to the new coronavirus has been proactive and strong. Is it driven in any way by classic Jewish “fear of the other?”

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“Patience is a virtue”

February 29, 2020

When you start running a fever, when do you head to the hospital and when is it best to practice patience? Relevant for cancer and COVID-19.

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What’s on your travel bucket list?

February 15, 2020

Jody and I were supposed to go on vacation in Asia this week. The COVID-19 virus changed all that. Where on our bucket list should we go instead?

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Foiled by the flu

February 1, 2020

It was the flu that finally felled me. And for one of the only times in my somber saga of cancer, cataracts and chronic pain, I broke down and sobbed.

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