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My concerns at the beginning of 2020 morphed into fear of two pandemics: Covid-19 and racism

What was supposed to be a splendid year became one of tragedy and stress

My concerns at the beginning of 2020 morphed into fear of two pandemics: Covid-19 and racism

Photo by Ann Smith

Photo by Ann Smith

What was supposed to be a splendid year became that of tragedy and stress.

A deadly and highly contagious virus put the entire globe on lockdown. This caused us to stay confined to our homes for almost six months. Going to the grocery store, gas stations, and even going to the park requires people to wear a mask. We witnessed the global death toll rise as a result.


Also, new cases of police brutality among Black people emerged. Footage of George Floyd being murdered by four police officers went viral, and shortly after that, a man was shot in a Wendy's drive-thru. Jacob Blake was shot seven times by police and barely survived.

This is not the first outbreak we have endured, and these new cases of police brutality are not isolated incidents.

Nothing ever seems to be new when closely considered. I remind my brother to wash his hands and wear a mask for protection even though I worry about how someone will profile him while he wears it.

My concerns at the beginning of the year are trivial compared to my current ones, morphing into a tale of two pandemics: Covid-19 and racism.

How our mothers' lessons shaped us into the people we are today

We need mom's message to get through.


Eeva Rehnström, in her graduation cap. Four years later, she became my mother. (1931-2012)

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A special bond exists, in all cultures, between mothers and their children. Fathers are important as well, of course, but due to the very early bonding arising from feeding and nurturing, a child's emotional life is strongly affected by the mother.

Nine years after my own mother passed away at 81-years-old, I think about the role mothers play in developing our sense of right and wrong. Sometimes all it takes is a response to an innocent question.

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A Parent's Hangover Survival Guide

Surviving a hangover with small children can be tough - here's my guide to getting through it

This bank holiday weekend I got a bit over excited about being able to see people in real life and had way too many margaritas. And I paid for it the next day. Hangover days BC (before children) involved lots of sleep and only emerging from the bed or sofa to answer the door to pizza.

Ah, those were the days. When you have small children, hangovers require a different strategy; here's my advice on how to survive a hangover when you have kids.

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