Thank you for writing to express your support for the United States Postal Service (USPS). I appreciate hearing from you, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.
According to recent financial projections from USPS leadership, without additional resources, the Postal Service may have to reduce or completely discontinue its services due to increased costs, decreased revenue, and other burdens related to the coronavirus pandemic. I share your commitment to ensuring the Postal Service can continue to serve the millions of Americans who rely on its services to receive their medicine, pay bills, collect social security benefits, cast their ballots, and communicate with loved ones. …
The current world vibe on the airwaves, online and in print is following the same pattern, day after day.
Bad news, blaming and blustering. Right or left, the signal-to-noise ratio is getting to the point where we can’t hear the actual message, which is
Mental health must be at an absolute low, depression running higher than it has for decades. I can only base my comments on people I’ve known personally for years. I know them well. They are intelligent, cultured and affable. They’re not rich. They are mostly creative, although some of them aren’t producing much these days. …
Starting January 2021
Location: Washington, D.C. (with some travel)
Qualifications: The successful candidate will exhibit the following qualities:
Forward a few months to July 17, 2020
We’ve done several of these in addition to my regular geek groups that have been meeting for 8 years on live video every week. We’re beginning to see “Zoom fatigue”, as everyone has had time to do this a few times. Truth be told, though, things are coming back to crisis level and it might be a good idea to set up regular social meetings and stay home as much as possible.
It’s been official for days: we are in a pandemic. Slowly, most governments have issued order limiting all outings and mandating that those who can must work at home. Those whose work can’t be accomplish from home, cannot work, except in certain specified realms. Once home-based, whether working, out of work, young or elderly, going out for social occasions is strictly forbidden. …
Disclaimer: I’m an ordinary human. I am not a sociologist or psychologist. I don’t even have a college diploma. My only credentials reside in over a half-century of observation as an adult. If that’s not good enough, feel free to move on.
We all belong to tribes. Humans have assembled in tribes since the first walked erect. We did it for the common good, for safety, for food gathering and shelter building. There was strength in numbers, and there still is. Unfortunately, the united force is not used for most of the reasons just given. Today’s tribes tend to be around religions, gender, politics and other artificial constructs. We could do far more good by considering ourselves as local tribes people, looking after each other, being kind and belonging in ways that matter. Instead, we drive dangerously to get the kids to school on time, honking at anyone who doesn’t immediately take off from a stoplight at the fastest possible speed. We use phones behind the wheel knowing full well how incredibly dangerous this is to others right in front of us and on all sides. We operate in our international Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or other streams, righting the wrongs of others we’ve never met when we could be making someone’s day with a simple act of thoughtfulness, like opening a door. Beyond politeness, an actual thought for the people you come close to daily will make the world far more pleasant to live in. …