Long-term Effects of Coronavirus

Definitely worth reading.

lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown


If you are thinking you don’t need to wear a mask, please read this essay. I do not know who wrote the below essay which I received from a friend on Facebook, but it makes such good points that I’ve decided to pass it on. If anyone knows its source, please let me know.

“Chicken pox is a virus. Lots of people have had it, and probably don’t think about it much once the initial illness has passed. But it stays in your body and lives there forever, and maybe when you’re older, you have debilitatingly painful outbreaks of shingles. You don’t just get over this virus in a few weeks, never to have another health effect. We know this because it’s been around for years, and has been studied medically for years.
Herpes is also a virus. And once someone has it, it stays in their body and lives…

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Lost in the Winner’s Circle

But really — the people who lost Jan’s name should have been humiliated. What a horrible mistake to make and to not even apologize for it!

Good for you getting past it. It wasn’t your humiliation. It was theirs.

Red's Wrap

Parts of it were funny. And other parts were humiliating.

And even though I’ve told the story before, it deserves another telling, if only to show that maybe humiliation can diminish over time while the humor of a thing can grow.

I went to New York in July of 2015 to get a BlogHer Voice of the Year award for an essay I wrote about hearing loss called Blindsided. The person who told me I’d won, Rochelle Dukes Fritsch, a good friend also from Milwaukee, won for her remarkable essay What’s Behind My Tears for Ferguson which I wish I could link for you but can’t. We were flabbergasted, astonished, but both of us knew we’d written really good essays, pieces with meaning and importance. The awards were well-deserved and we glowed about being recognized in this important way for weeks before the big conference in New York. Still…

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Film Friday: Casablanca

Isn’t it weird how themes recur? We don’t have the whole German army marching into Paris, but it rather feels like it these days.


casablanca poster Publicity poster, Casablanca (1942). Dir. Michael Curtiz.

I know that Sarah at Art Expedition intends to write about Casablanca for a Film Friday post, and I apologise for my poor form in preempting my hostess. I had in fact written an entirely different post, but it was about a comedy, and I’m not really in the mood for a laugh.

So, Casablanca. A man who’s doing ok in difficult times gives it all up — including the chance to be with the woman he loves — because it’s the right thing to do.

The film’s hero, Rick is complex; a tough-guy with a heart of gold, a man with a past, an American exiled in Europe. A crook. A mercenary. A lover. A man with power over other people’s lives who chooses to use that power to help rather than destroy.

The film was based on an un-produced play,

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Four conservative quotes worth noting

I wanted to reblog this so you know that not all Republicans are suckups for Trump. I just hope that people remember this when the election rolls around.


Three Republicans and one long time Republican who left the party have made very sober statements, with the last one being more of a stance. Let’s begin with General James Mattis, who served as Secretary of Defense under Donald Trump and resigned in December, 2018, with many Republicans pleading with him not to go. Note, former Chief of Staff, General John Kelly reinforced that Mattis was not asked to leave as mentioned in rebuttal by the president.

In an op-ed in The Atlantic, Mattis wrote “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.”

Next, we have the words of Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska…

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The true meaning of patriotism

Beautifully written and something I’ve spent a lot of time — especially recently — pondering.


My great-uncle, U.S. Marine Corps Private William L. Brasfield, also known as Lee, died long before I was born, but I heard all the stories. As a young man, he enlisted because he believed that was what a patriot was supposed to do.

For a while, he wrote fascinating letters home to rural Alabama about the exotic places he had been. It was an adventure, not just a duty. Then, just a few months after Pearl Harbor, he was aboard the USS Houston (CA-30), which was deployed to escort and protect convoys carrying troops to Indonesia. By late February, 1942, the Houston was located in the Java Sea, where it and four other cruisers from Australia, the United Kingdom, and The Netherlands, and 10 destroyers became engaged in battle with the Japanese.

Early on the morning of March 1, after an arduous and commendable show of force that was later…

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“Through the trouble of this world there still runs a thin stream of serenity for those who seek it.”

Though the clouds are dark and heavy, it’s nice that there are flowers and hope, if not here, then somewhere down under.


img_7134 Entrance to cottage garden at Bason Botanic Gardens, Whanganui. The title of this post repeats the words on the sculpture. Image; Su Leslie 2019

I’m still trawling the archive for Friday Flowers posts, and today we are returning to one of my favourite places — Bason Botanic Gardens in Whanganui, NZ.

I’ve written about Bason Gardens before — and used the quote in a post title — but Stanley Bason’s words resonate with me now as much as ever.

“Through the trouble of this world there still runs a thin stream of serenity for those who seek it.”Stanley Bason (1900-1976: farmer, gardener, philanthropist and visionary)

Today’s photos were taken last December, when the Big T and I visited Whanganui for an early Christmas with my dad and step-mother. T had never been to Bason Gardens before and I felt real pleasure in introducing him to this special place…

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Is Donald J. Trump Encouraging Armed Protestors ?

This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.


guntruck Reopening Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Apparently Donald J. Trump’s incessant drum beating is reaching gun-toting Americans seeking liberation from frustrations they can’t escape. In their own bizarre way, the raging reactionaries are another cruel manifestation of Mother Nature’s punishing new game.

cropped-92682277_10158328777649359_4504060820958740480_o-1.jpg Nat Helms

Novel coronavirus protesters with military-style mowing machines are showing up around the country to demonstrate their resolve to reopen America by force of arms. Their sentiment is understandable, their motives are arguably even noble, but their reasoning, if any was applied, is grossly flawed. Nobody is on their side except Trump.

At another gun show in Shepherd, Texas last week, armed protesters gathered to support the owner of a tattoo parlor and bar in nearby Odessa, which reopened in defiance of an order that it remain shuttered. The New York Times reported that when owner Jamie Williams opened up her East Texas tattoo business she asked customer Philip Archibald…

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Democracy In Traction

I don’t want to jinx us, but with a bit more technology, I think this is what those good ole’ GOP lads are going to try.

Evil Squirrel's Nest

a box full of junk

Welcome to another fun Wednesday where The Nest has no idea what it’s going to have to write!  What, you mean every day is already like that?  Oh, well, once a week we really don’t have a clue what’s going to go to press until we consult the Randomator and see what it barfs up.  This is the feature we call Random Image Inspiration, and it works a little something like this…

7, 8, 75, 44

The 7th post in my Reader was this one by Marilyn

The 8th word in that post is “issue”

The 75th word in that post is “these”

Putting “issue these” into Google Images brought this up as the 44th result…

It’s time for another titillating mini edition of SCT!

UNCLE SAM: Good morning, citizen!

CHIP: Hey!  No cutting in line!

SLIDER: Mr. President?  What brings you to our humble polling place on this election…

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Llamas Antibody Shown To Stop Coronavirus Entry Into Cells

Is this potentially good news?


Researchers have successfully engineered a new antibody that neutralizes SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) by linking two copies of the llama antibody that were proven effective in counteracting the effect of the earlier SARS virus (SARS-CoV-1). The new antibody was able to bind to the spike protein that covers the surface of SARS-CoV-2, and prevent attachment and entry into host cells.

An antibody found in llama could help prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) entry into cells, finds a new study by a team of international researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, the National Institutes of Health and Ghent University in Belgium.

The antibody in question was contrived following syndication of two copies of a special kind of antibody that worked against the earlier SARS (SARS-CoV-1) virus, which was then engineered to develop an antibody response to key protein on SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.

Preclinical trials in animals such as…

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