My brother Mando

My brother Mando
My brother Jorge Armando “Mando” Vera passed away today from blood clots related to COVID19. He was a much loved person and led a very complicated, interesting life. 

Taxes helping the Fresno Zoo

Fresno Chaffee Zoo has made many great improvements thanks to small dedicated taxes.

I visited the Fresno’s Chaffee Zoo earlier this week. What a pleasant surprise! The Zoo has become a testament to the good that can happen when taxes are used for the benefit of the community.

I really need a vacation.

View from a beach vacation

I need a vacation. It’s been over a year that I’ve been working from home. You might think that a Work From Home situation would be just like a vacation. But you’d be wrong.

Goodbye. It’s not me, it’s you.

My friend refuses to get a vaccine. We can't be friends anymore.

I had to stop by the office today. I took my 10 AM break / walk as I always do and ran into a coworker whom I’d not seen in a year (let’s call her “Betty”). She mentioned that she was not going to get a vaccine because she’s not “buying into it.” I don’t… Continue reading Goodbye. It’s not me, it’s you.

Healthcare is broken. We MUST fix it.

A patient with Covid-19 in the intensive care unit at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England, in May. (via NY Times)_

“I’m doing much better this morning. After using the nebulizer, oxygen was much easier to take in.”

This was a response from a friend who is struggling through COVID-19 at home because she can’t afford to see a doctor or go to a hospital.

The Americans and me

Children with US Flag

Today, I was reading a conversation on a Facebook group focused on Mexican food. Pretty normal until someone took exception to using the word “America” to mean “United States.” This instantly reminded me of a conversation I overheard once. A conversation worth sharing, I think.