Bob Woodward’s Own Controversy

(Disclaimer: I am not qualified to work in mental health or any other scientific field, and I am not a journalist. The statements in this blog post are based on observations prompted by news accounts.) Former Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward’s new book about Donald Trump, titled Rage, will be out on September 15. I don’t have an advance reader copy, so I won’t comment on the book itself. This blog post addresses information that Mr. Woodward made public this week, which prompted a public debate on his ethics as a journalist. Mr. Woodward has disclosed — way after the … Continue reading Bob Woodward’s Own Controversy

Wear a Mask

Earlier this week, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order for all persons (with some exceptions) in the state to wear masks.  I don’t know all of the details, but since I wear a mask every time I step outside of my apartment I figure I’m in compliance.  It always covers my nose and mouth. I live in San Francisco, and I went out for groceries today.  Approximately half of the people I saw either were wearing no masks or wearing them improperly. A mask marketed to the general public is intended to protect others.  Although the level of protection … Continue reading Wear a Mask

Careful With Public Shaming. That Means Don’t.

This morning, I saw a political post on Facebook that I was tempted to share. It was a photograph, allegedly taken in the past few days.  It showed a group of white people partying on a public sidewalk in Manhattan, mask-free and not observing COVID-19 social distancing rules.  The text in the post was credited to a man who identified himself as black, and he was pointing out that a crowd of white people didn’t have the same worries about being confronted by the police that he and his friends would have if they did the same thing. I really … Continue reading Careful With Public Shaming. That Means Don’t.

Social Distancing and Cell Phones

(Disclaimer:  I do not work in or have credentials for any field of healthcare or public health.  The views in this blog post are influenced by personal experience and advice I’ve received through the mainstream media.) During the past couple of months, I’ve made very few trips out of my apartment.  Even before people in San Francisco were told to stay at home, I was reacting to an agoraphobic relapse and concern about COVID-19. I feel fortunate.  Presumably, my recent circumstances gave me protection that some other people didn’t have.  If I was exposed to the virus at some point … Continue reading Social Distancing and Cell Phones

Behaving Responsibly During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Disclosure: I am not a health professional.  This post is intended to refer the reader to a site offered by the Centers for Disease Control.) I won’t say too much, but below is a link to a page on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, describing how to make and use cloth masks properly.  Please read the instructions carefully, and consider clicking for other pages on the site. The advice might change slightly in time, so it’s a good idea to go back and look at the site again later. Please make the effort to avoid becoming infected.  Also, … Continue reading Behaving Responsibly During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Did You Overshop? Please Consider Offering to Help Others

The COVID-19 tragedy is testing our ethical values.  We can think of how we can be supportive of each other and use good judgment, or we can hide from our conscience and jump into the next toilet paper fight (Editor’s Note: Other people will see you in the predictable video, so think twice about fighting). Some of us bought too much of one thing or another without being consciously aware of it, and now we can turn that into something positive by being generous with others. The building complex where I live has an online message board for residents, and … Continue reading Did You Overshop? Please Consider Offering to Help Others

Desperation Can Turn You Into a Sad Clown

A few minutes ago I saw a Twitter post which included a short video, allegedly recorded in Australia. The impromptu, candid recording was of a fight between customers in a grocery store.  We can expect that now, with the current health crisis, advice to self-isolate and shortages of merchandise that everyone wants. In this instance, the dispute was over toilet paper.  One customer who loaded her cart with jumbo packages was challenged by another customer who wanted to buy the last package on the shelf. Personally, I was rooting for the woman who wanted only one package (without even being … Continue reading Desperation Can Turn You Into a Sad Clown