How Far I’ll Go from Home Life in the Time of the Coronavirus

By Naiia Lajoie In the time BCV (Before CoVid-19), I held many titles: actor, automotive product specialist, traveling host, journalist, professional underwater performer, and children‟s entertainer. Work was consistent, paychecks were plentiful, and I was hardly home. When the Coronavirus hit, only one of those jobs remained. The entertainment industry went dark, travel ceased, my publications went on hiatus, and all of Southern California held onto their nest eggs tightly; uncertain of when their next paycheck would be received. Death tolls became a part of daily vernacular, and even the…

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Social Distancer

By Kat Kramer Welcome to the Age Of Aquarius? We’re supposed to be approaching this incredible time, based on a New Age philosophy and Astrological principles. Instead, we’re now in the Age of Coronavirus. How long this challenging cycle will last, nobody knows. We do have past historical examples to learn from, such as the Swine Flu pandemic of 1918, which wiped out more souls worldwide than World War 1. People call me daily asking “how are you during this terrible COVID-19 pandemic?” I tell them “doing just fine, thank-you.”…

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The Aesthetically Pleasing Leader

By Allison Hong California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s face is symmetrical, the correct proportions of forehead to eyes and mouth to chin. His nose, the right length. The cadence of his voice, firm yet soothing. His salt-and-pepper hair, although coiffed just so, is the one thing shy of perfection. His hair is a tad long in the back. Perhaps he hasn’t been able to get it cut, because his statewide coronavirus response measures have all the barbershops closed. These are the things my mother, a 65-year-old former artist living in East…

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By Nikol Hasler From the balcony of my new home, I watched a neighbor water her tiny garden. As a 41-year old single mother who’d once been homeless, I never imagined I might own a condo one day. My roommate came along as my tenant, and we’d been eyeing up the neighbor’s pepper plants. “Beautiful peppers!”, I called out to her. She smiled and made a gesture toward me, asking, “For you?” She hosed off the peppers and put them on my porch, then said something to her son in…

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Dear Corona Virus, the Dogs and I Need Haircuts

By Daniel Guss @TheGussReport – Once I got the handle on how to keep my local family members relatively safe during the Corona Virus, or COVID19, outbreak earthquake, I would describe the experience as more of an inconvenience than much of anything else in our households. In fact, there are laughs and other curious observations to be had if you know where to look and don’t let all of the death and unemployment get to you. Early on, when I tried to describe the apocalyptic conditions in the supermarket to…

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Life as a Journalist in the Time of the Coronavirus

By Michael Goldstein Journalists are obligated to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. But what happens when we are afflicted by the very subject we write about? Despite how some view us, journalists are human, subject to depression, distraction, and the looming illness itself. COVID-19 is a worldwide pandemic. Its effects are felt in every household, including mine. One challenge is maintaining professionalism as a journalist. My “swim lane” at Forbes.com is the $5 trillion travel business. Chronicling its precipitous decline during the pandemic has been painful. It is…

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Are We Really “Alone Together?”

The Coronavirus Pandemic Impact:” Social distancing, On-line dating and Pornhub” By Rachel Ganz  With over a billion people in seclusion because of the world wide Coronavirus Pandemic it’s not surprising that single people are seeking new ways to pass the time and socialize while practicing “social distancing. My question and research over the past 6 weeks have resulted in quite. Few shocking revelations. After the “shut down” there was no traffic anywhere in Los Angeles I drove around on freeways local neighborhoods and everywhere trying to get a feel for…

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My Battle Through 6 Stages of Existential Agony

By Sandra Gallistl 1. Everyday-Life Discomfort: Work-Life Balance About 2 to 3 weeks ago, I remember worrying about juggling preparing for the California Bar exam this July and working fulltime at a new job at an immigration law firm in Los Angeles. Throwing my habits overboard I got up in the early morning hours to commit to at least three hours of study time before eventually starting my actual workday at 9am. 2. Ignorance: Early Warning Signs When the Corona virus made news in the United States, everyone felt growing…

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A Little Bug Called COVID-19

By Claude Budin-Juteau This little bug called COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on planet Earth. A small invisible-to-the-human-eye microbe that in just a few weeks has traveled around the globe.  An uninvited guest that has mighty powers. COVID-19. A code name associated with fear, apprehension, gloom and doom. Corona means “crown”, because the virus particle exhibits a crown of spike proteins around its lipid envelope. Hence its royal name, Coronavirus, like some Roman emperor. Nobody knows exactly how it came, some suspect a vampire-like origin, since horseshoe bats have been associated…

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By Megan Bernhard I ate chocolate for breakfast. The days are all the same. Jamie, my college roommate, told me I should make pancakes on Saturday mornings to mark the passage of time. Too late. I made pancakes for lunch yesterday. Most mornings I wake early and stare out my window. The sky is black and changes to purple. Depending on the weather, the purple changes to grey or pinkish-blue. I lie in bed for an hour, watching the sky, mustering thoughts to tire my brain so I can fall…

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