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"Community" During the Pandemic

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Message Dr. Lenore Daniels

The deep investment that many Americans have in the US exceptionalism, in the belief that their nation has a providential mission to spread liberty around the world, prevents them from seeing US history clearly.

Claudio Saunt

Neil Degrasse Tyson (NDT): If you've seen the sun in the middle of the day, it's white. That's the proper color of the sun in the middle of the day."

Chuck Nice (CN): Let's not get racist. Don't have to be the proper color.

(NDT): It's just"

(CN):...the color.

(NDT): Damn, Chuck, why is everything about race with you?

(CN): 'Cause I live in America!

I struggling to manage trips to the hospital for blood tests and PET Scan with the medical transportation services. I have Multiple Myeloma. Like so many Americans and fellow humans around the world, I'd like to find the dollar store or the grocery store with toilet paper and then toilet paper that isn't pure bark or costing a third of my income. Paper towel is up to two dollars and, if I'm not careful, one roll might last just two days. We live in the days of Coronavirus and everything from the store has to be wiped down and the counters cleaned at least twice a day.

For two weeks, I tried to order groceries online only to realized that the whole town of Kenosha is ordering food online. Instacart charged nine dollars for $38.00 worth of food well, mainly two packages of boneless chicken. Five bags of blueberry and a tub of butter.

But finally, just last week, a transport service has come through for us senior with compromised health issues. Finally.

We have a stay-at-home order and we clean our hands and we clean our kitchen counter tops and we clean our bathroom surfaces and our clothes every outfit and even the jacket is thrown into the washing machine after we return home. We are careful to discard the latex gloves and clean the masks with soap and water or hydrogen peroxide, if you have the later. Like the hand sanitizes, you are limited to two bottles of hydrogen peroxide. Wash and clean for your life!

Washing, cleaning. Don't tough the face! I think my cat thinks I'm crazy.

Keep the physical distance! Keep the physical distance! It's a dance of sorts, as we pay close attention to the closest person to our left and to our right. Who's in front of me and should I slow down to keep the six feet between us?

There's a young, twenty-something somewhat close and without a mask. How we stare at the unmasked these days!

Life is so different. Surreal. Because there's a pandemic happening in the world! Really that's the reality we humans are in at this time.

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Activist, writer, American Modern Literature, Cultural Theory, PhD.

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