Mind Sacrifice

Biden accelerates timeline for adults to qualify for vaccines (Washington Post)Everyone 16 and older is now eligible for the COVID vaccine in Wisconsin (channel3000.com) There is a part of me that wants to complain about how I seemed to get over the last of the side effects of my second COVID-19 vaccination just as my four-day holiday weekend came to an end, but even if I was sure that it would be read in the spirit of humour I’d offer it in, this still doesn’t…

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Getting Through

We hit seventy degrees Fahrenheit here yesterday, and we’re supposed to have high temperatures at or above that threshold through Wednesday of this week. Not only was I able to open my bedroom window yesterday to get some fresh air in here, but I kept my window open overnight, and even though it got a little chilly in here before sunrise, it wasn’t that bad. Given the combination of the harsh winter and the pandemic, fresh air may have been just what I needed to…

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Clearing Out

Twenty days ago, I went in for my first COVID-19 vaccination shot; a few hours after receiving it, I began feeling the “flu-like symptoms” that some people have reported getting from it. As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, feeling my brain slip away to any extent is terrifying to me, and it’s not something that I would normally subject myself to. It doesn’t help that as I’ve spoken with people around town who have already gotten their second shot (at the same…

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Not Dying Today

I’ve mentioned before that whereas most people tend to be more reflective on “the year that was” around the changing of the calendar year, I’ve always done more of that on my birthday: Figuring out what I did right over the previous year of my life, what I could have done better, and what I want to do over the coming year. Needless to say, with my birthday being on the eighteenth of March, thinking ahead to the coming year when I was going through…

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Huh?

As an English teacher and a writer, there are few things in the world I find scarier than when I temporarily lose my ability to come up with the right words. Everyone has moments where they can’t find the right word to describe a concept, or blank on someone’s name (I do that a lot, since my ability to connect names and faces has always been kind of weak). Due to a number of factors (my upbringing probably being tops on the list), I also…

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