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.

Campaigning under COVID

Campaigning under COVID

Regardless of the outcome, the work continues. We will still have people struggling to find a place to live. We will still have children in our communities who go to sleep hungry. We will still have people ostracized for the color of their skin or where they choose to worship. There will always more to do.

When it rains, it pours. Hard.

Ship In a Storm

Life under COVID started out somewhat confusing and slightly ambiguous. In the five months since I started working from home, things have gotten tougher, not easier the longer things stay the same.