Friday, April 17, 2020

Can America Hang Tight through Our Equivant of the Nazi “Blitz” on London?

The London “blitz” bombing by Nazi Germany began September 7, 1940 and continued through May 11, 1941, two hundred forty-seven days. Britons constantly had their lives interrupted, some permanently. Our American President’s Emergency Order was issued March 13, 2020, and today is April 17, 2020, thirty six days. Can Americans maintain discipline as long as the Brits, to safeguard thousands of lives from COVID 19?

Saturday, April 11, 2020

More Than a Platoon of Medics Will be Defending Your Health if You Sicken

April 11, 2020

In the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are praying for front line health professionals. Do we have a clear picture of the number and kinds of health professionals who merit our prayers and support?

Many of our leaders call this pandemic “a war.” I agree. How many individuals will be defending your life if you must be hospitalized?

Let’s compare with the U.S. military for a perspective on the number of our health defenders; people who are putting themselves at deadly risk.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, a typical U.S. Marine platoon is 27 Marines.

Twenty-seven individuals.

A typical U.S. Army platoon is 36 soldiers.
In the healthcare system, practitioners say at least 33 teams are caring for emergency patients: beginning with the EMTs who take you to the hospital and (hopefully) concluding with the team at the skilled nursing facility/transitional care unit and the team at home care services. (Please be sure to read this link including comments.)

Multiple professionals serve you on most of these teams.

The healthcare people who serve you are no less at risk than a Marine or Army platoon.

Add to their number their families, roommates, and essential social contacts like grocers, and it is easy to appreciate the need to avoid needlessly introducing yourself into the healthcare system.

Two of my cousins and a niece are health professionals. Perhaps more if some have slipped my mind. May God guide them and protect them and their families.

My prayer is for those who serve, and for those of us who are able take precautions and avoid putting at greater risk them, their loved ones, and associates.

Saturday, April 4, 2020


The physical separation forced on us by the covid-19 pandemic may impress on us the special quality of human presence. Virtual worship is real worship, yet not the same as shoulder-to-shoulder worship in the same room. Virtual shopping works all right, but is not the same as interacting with flesh and blood store people and examining and touching goods we might purchase.

The present regimen of “stay home” and everywhere “keep a social distance” may teach us the very real value of being among other people, and NOT keeping our distance from the people we love most. If we learn these things, the satisfaction derived from human relationships will be greater than it was before covid-19.