As the US deals with increasing infection rates, I thought it might be helpful and perhaps a little comforting to offer a little perspective from Paris. To recap quickly, the pandemic spread to France from northern Italy and Switzerland in January and February of this year. On March 17, 2019, the country was locked down, … More A Brief Update from Paris
David, one of our longtime Members of the Tribe, forwarded an article to me this week. He admitted that it might have been helpful to read and know these things a few weeks ago, but nevertheless I found the piece quite interesting. And let’s pray we don’t have to click back to this article in … More In Hindsight…
As if the retail sector of the United States didn’t need any more challenges, the pandemic hits like a meteor in a bad science fiction movie. Shopping malls seem, to some of us, a distant memory. Brooks Brothers is trying to sell its brick and mortar stores off piece-meal (thanks for that article, David). J … More A Meteor Hits The Retail Landscape
I had a moment–well, more than a few– to look back on all the things I’d planned to do. Oh, the itinerary was going to be insane: London by rail, Cannes by plane. But then disease arrived, escorted by dread, and laid the best-laid plans to rest instead. Now as the weeks have passed, I … More All The Things I’d Planned To Do
In the previous post, I articulated the sense of loss that we might be feeling as so many aspects of our everyday life have been truncated, restricted, delayed, modified beyond all recognition, or completely vaporized. All that, in a matter of weeks. Usually, life allows us to adapt, change, and grow gradually. Going through school … More A Sense of Hope
Pundits and journalists around the world continue to wax prophetic about the innumerable ways our world has changed during this pandemic. They point out the obvious and the nuanced, the banal and the thought-provoking. The concrete and the ephemeral. How the world will be after the health crisis–and how and when ‘after’ will occur–are two … More A Sense of Loss…?