Feeling helpless while at home under lockdown? If you have a sewing machine, you can help by sewing face-masks. “Dr. Bruce Spiess, a Dr. of Anesthesiology at University of Florida Health came up with the idea and explained. “They come back from the sterilizer wrapped in an impervious material which then the scrub nurses or … More “How Can I Help?” A Face-masks Solution?
“How to Spend 42 Days Stuck in Your Room.” Searching for something literary and inspiring, as I am wont to do during trying times in my life, I saw that headline. Perfect! I clicked. And got a huge surprise The inspiration for the article popping up on my screen came not from a list of … More In a State of Siege: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Day 10
It’s like having a sore tooth. Every time I tell myself I’m going to direct my mind to something more pleasant, maybe a day at the beach or the last meal I savored at the Inn at Little Washington in Virginia, my devious brain waves haul me right back to the present, to the virus … More In a State of Siege: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Day 9
“He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche Many years ago, I read Viktor Frankl’s stupendous book, Man’s Search for Meaning. It is one of the thousands of books that I’ve read over my lifetime that has truly stayed with me. A psychotherapist, Frankl tells his own … More In a State of Siege: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Day 8
This is the last post I plan to write for “Gherkins & Tomatoes.” At least for a long while. After almost 10 years, it’s time to fold up the tent, so to speak, and move on. Thank you, all of my regular readers, for stopping by, I’ve loved getting to know you and sharing opinions. … More Lauren Groff’s “Florida”: Nurturing Noirishness
The Gulf of Mexico lies 60 miles southwest of here. A joy to behold on a clear day, no matter what time of the year, the water there sparkles with the intensity of a stash of De Beers diamonds. And the wetlands that lacing its edges harbor a most fascinating array of life, gems, if … More Mullets, Jumping into the Stream of Life
Memory, fickle memory. To recall the long-ago past becomes a journey into a place where truth flits behind trees or ducks into closets, an exhausting game of hide-and-seek where no player easily becomes “It.” Do you remember going to the Saturday afternoon movies when you were a kid? How you got so engrossed in the … More Pumping Sunshine: Susie H. Baxter’s Rural North Florida Childhood
Birds fascinated my father. I could never quite understand why. Not until he died. My mother dumped his bird-watching books on me. Then I knew what the scientist in him saw when he watched birds in their natural habitat: great variety, adaptations to environment, the living proof of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, at least … More Birds of a Feather: Proverbs and Idioms