Category Archives: commentary

Trying to Make Sense in a Through The Looking Glass World

Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, John Tenniel

Years ago, when I came across a seemingly unassailable fact that fell into dispute, I would describe trying to find a way to respond to the dispute as akin to trying to explain what “the” means.

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When I saw the new MTA mask signs, I called the Governor, the Borough President, and my Assembly Person to complain . . . but sometimes, social media really does do it better

Update: the MTA got a LOT of pushback on its mask signage, and it looks like they replaced it with this:

So, I have to ask, why didn’t they figure this out in the first place? Wouldn’t you think we’ve got enough to contend with without spending energy on bone-headed nonsense? Nonetheless, I’m glad we don’t any longer (knock wood), have to put up with the first iteration (below).

Really, Governor Hochul? You let these signs go up on your watch?

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With Grateful Thanks to Bob Wachter, Eric Topol, and the Rest of “My” Covid A-Team

Source for the Graphic is here.

I recall someone joking along the way of our interminable Covid saga that he looked forward to the time when he wasn’t following 300 epidemiologists. I also remember an epidemiologist who had a coffee mug that sported, “Make epidemiology boring again.”

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Way to go, Antonio!!!

Antonio Delgado on the campaign trail, August, 2018

Today, Antonio Delgado, my Congressperson when I lived in the Hudson Valley, was introduced as the next Lieutenant Governor of New York State. There could not be a better person for this position. Antonio is a person of profound decency and compassion, secure in his moral compass, and tireless in his dedication to working on behalf of his constituents. Yes, I know it’s been a very bad news day on other fronts, but, to quote Cory Booker, “No one’s stealing my joy.”

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In Praise of Public Librarians: Carol Spaziani, One of a Kind

I suspect public libraries helped get a lot of us through this past year. I’ve certainly been grateful to my local public libraries, both this year and going back to my first trips to my local public library aeons ago. I was delighted, therefore, to run across this interview with Carol Spaziani, who throughout her life has not only been the best sort of public librarian, but also the best sort of public citizen in every respect.

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