We can persevere!

“No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn.” Those words of Hal Borland came to mind not so much about the season but about the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m not suggesting the end of the pandemic or of social distancing is at hand. Rather, I mention the words of that beloved poem because they speakofContinue reading “We can persevere!”

Ramadan faces challenges this year due to social distancing

Ramadan, which this year began last Friday, April 24, is an especially important month in the Islamic calendar because it is believed to be the month when the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the prophet Muhammad, thus bestowing the revelations of God on humanity. Observant Muslims, numbering more than a billion throughoutContinue reading “Ramadan faces challenges this year due to social distancing”

Pandemic Teaches Us To Lean On Each Other

In a particularly poignant scene in Albert Camus’s The Plague – which reads like it was published three weeks instead of in 1947 – the doctor works tirelessly to lessen the suffering of those around him. But he is no hero. “This whole thing is not about heroism,” he says. “It may seem a ridiculousContinue reading “Pandemic Teaches Us To Lean On Each Other”