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The coronavirus confronts each of us with a question: What’s essential?

Yesterday my Twitter feed included a post from a connection enthusiastically supporting the announcement that New Jersey would include liquor stores in its list of essential services, allowing them to stay open during the stay-at-home order. In addition to a chuckle, it got me thinking about determinations of essential services and about my two-year, and […]

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What a zombie apocalypse, plus Aristotle, can teach us about friendship in the time of coronavirus

“For without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods… And in poverty and in other misfortunes men think friends are the only refuge.” — Aristotle, “Nicomachean Ethics,” Book VIII. In the above video clip, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, best friends in real life, are resurrecting their beloved characters […]

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I’ve fled many Colorado disasters. Now, with coronavirus, I find myself preparing instead to stay home.

If there’s one thing I know how to do, it’s how to prepare for and survive disaster. I’ve spent over 20 years living at elevations above 8,000 feet in places threatened by fire and flood and I’ve had a bit of practice making evacuation’s hard choices: what to take and what to leave behind.  During […]