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Breathing

Breath for All His name was George Floyd. “I can’t breathe,” he said. I’ve been quarantined, looking out at a world through glass and screens like a ghost, an observer of a world of sound and fury. I watched an innocent unarmed man murdered in cold blood by four armed policemen. I identified with that […]

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Day Fourteen

Looking in. Quarantines end. Today is day fourteen of my quarantine. Last day of reporting how I feel twice a day. Of the tracker app a-buzz to ask, “How now? You there? You moving? Feverish?” Last day between four walls, twenty stories up, looking down on the traffic a-vroom, the river a-roll. Last day alone […]

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Flights in a Pandemic

Quarantine Diary 1 In early May 2020 airports started reopening in central Europe. A connection between Vienna and Seoul reopened. Maybe I could actually make it on time? See, I’m an alien. An officially registered alien in South Korea. With an ARC card and everything. Yes, I know that acronym breaks down to alien registration […]

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The Pride of Slovenia

We did it. All of us. Citizens and new government both. The epidemic in Slovenia looks to be under control. The government’s measures, the citizens’ discipline, and the good fortune that we’re a country of small towns and villages have done the trick. Since May 1st, for two weeks now, we have had less than […]

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Wrong Is All Right

My father was a man who was never wrong. Growing up in that kind of shadow was a strange thing. Life, after all, was not all sweet pears and cheese platters. There were hard times. Conflicts, fights, bitterness, and loss. Every life has those. But if he was never wrong, then who was? Ah, long […]

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Lessons of a pandemic

In early January the bells started ringing, “Alarum, alarum.” By the 3rd of January China formally notified the USA of the outbreak. On the same day, South Korea announced enhanced quarantine and screening measures for individuals entering from Wuhan. Over the next grueling 3 months tens of thousands were infected and thousands died in China, […]

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Respect, basically.

Many years ago, long before I met my wife, not long before my grandmother died, she asked me, “Luka, just tell me this, do you and your girlfriend respect each other?” I bent the truth and replied, “Yes, of course we do.” My grandmother nodded, “Good. Good. So long as there’s respect, everything turns out […]

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A word, friend Cat: An Isolation Dialogue

ASPERO: Hello, friend Cat. CAT: Hello, Aspero. ASPERO: Friend Cat, I have questions. So many questions. CAT: You would dialogue? ASPERO: Yes, yes. I would dialogue very much. I would ask and ask. I feel anxiety. Worry. Fear. I read something on the internet. About a virus. I read a lot of scary things about […]

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The Politics of Losing to Covid-19

Welcome to Friday the 13th. Good luck to us all on this unfortunate day. First, a public service announcement: The novel coronavirus is a very infectious and deadly virus, but dealing with it is not magic. It’s simple but hard. Keep social distance. Avoid spreading the virus. Wash your hands. Hygiene. And, if you have […]

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Mother Is Not A Number

First, repeating covid-19 advice: maintain social distance, maintain hygiene, follow local healthcare guidelines, protect yourself and protect others, wear a mask or anything that stops you coughing on others, if you are sick avoid infecting others. The leaders of the ‘Free World’ have been pathetically, woefully slow in their response to covid-19. They delayed and […]