Moderna, Round Two: How It Went (And What I’ll Do If I Need A Booster Shot Next Year)

~~~~~ Moderna, round two, did not go well for me.  As anyone who read my blog post about my first shot already knows, round one didn’t go well for me either.  It’s been a bit over two weeks since my last shot.  As promised, I’m here to share some details.  My goal?  I hope to … Continue reading Moderna, Round Two: How It Went (And What I’ll Do If I Need A Booster Shot Next Year)

What Happened When I Got My First COVID Vaccine (And Why I’m Still Glad I Got Vaccinated)

~~~~~ COVID vaccines are a hot topic, aren’t they?  Questions of the day include but are not limited to: Do you get one, will it have side effects, does it really work, and why can’t they make it easier to just get the vaccine already? And, of course, the big one: will I end up … Continue reading What Happened When I Got My First COVID Vaccine (And Why I’m Still Glad I Got Vaccinated)

On Stay At Home Orders And Shifting Sands: Thoughts, And Some Questions For You

~~~~~~ Where do you stand on the matter of shelter in place orders?  Here in Austin, Texas, we were told to remain at home in mid March. Here and now, like everyone else, there are some who are determined to go out and take full advantage of the relaxed standards surrounding the mandate to stay … Continue reading On Stay At Home Orders And Shifting Sands: Thoughts, And Some Questions For You

Baby Mine: Tim Burton’s Dumbo (Now, Then, And Revisited In May 2020)

~~~~~~ In November 2019, I started this essay by with the following opening paragraph: “Reviews are in for Tim Burton’s 2019 version of Dumbo and I am so glad that I ignored them and saw the film anyway.  After viewing more than once, and going back to review the original 1941 movie, I am that much … Continue reading Baby Mine: Tim Burton’s Dumbo (Now, Then, And Revisited In May 2020)

Wearing A Mask: Some Thoughts On Loving Thy Neighbor And On Being Fabulous During A Pandemic

~~~~~~ Where do you stand on the mask question?  I have been asked by patients about my thoughts on whether or not to wear a mask and it feels like the time for a quick blog post on the topic.  It seems like there are a lot of pros and cons, so I’ll give three … Continue reading Wearing A Mask: Some Thoughts On Loving Thy Neighbor And On Being Fabulous During A Pandemic

Racism Is A Virus: (Some Thoughts On What You Can Do To Promote Intercultural Competence And Solidarity During A Pandemic)

~~~~~~ The dust does settle as we all reluctantly become more accustomed to the COVID19 pandemic with its shocks and aftershocks.  Some are handling it better than others, true.  No matter what, we are all doing our best.  And yet, the specter of racism and scapegoating casts a looming shadow over everyone’s attempts to manage … Continue reading Racism Is A Virus: (Some Thoughts On What You Can Do To Promote Intercultural Competence And Solidarity During A Pandemic)

It Is A Small World And We Do Share It (Some Thoughts On Critical Thinking During A Pandemic)

~~~ If you are reading this you are more than likely not a racist.  You may be monolingual and/or somewhat culturally sheltered.  You may not be.  Whatever your subject position as you read this essay is, you’re here because its title called to you.  You do care when you  see news stories about anti-Chinese sentiment. … Continue reading It Is A Small World And We Do Share It (Some Thoughts On Critical Thinking During A Pandemic)

Citizen Policy Academy of Austin: Six Reasons Why You Should Apply (Yes, You!)

~~~~~ ~~~The Citizen Police Academy of Austin~~~ A Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a series of classes that local police departments offer to their community.  Depending on your city, a CPA consists of between six and fourteen weekly meetings. They are designed to give citizens a basic working knowledge of all facets of police work … Continue reading Citizen Policy Academy of Austin: Six Reasons Why You Should Apply (Yes, You!)