The Coronavirus Spring
How is it affecting your life?
How should we respond?
Stories now start with the posting date.
5/1/20 Hans van den Houten remembers the Netherlands during World War II, prior to this week's observance of the 75th anniversary of the country's liberation by Canadian forces, providing a link to a stunning article in the New York Times about recovered Dutch wartime diaries and putting today's "war" against COVID-19 in a different perspective.
4/26/20 From Stephen Elston: Just read the ‘Life After Chase’ account by Timothy Kanter, MD; and watched his video posted on YouTube.
Those people in the Bronx celebrating their Health Workers must be getting pots and pans from a global supplier. We in the UK have a similar ‘thanksgiving’ ceremony every Thursday evening. Everyone waves across the street and shouts the question: ‘Are you alright?’
And we are – but will we be tomorrow?
In that respect the world is united as a community against this common enemy–an enemy as yet unknown and ‘yes’ very tricky.
3/29/20 from Brenda Scotland: My sister is on the front line. And although things are hectic and require long hours, the team of doctors and nurses are 24/7 to keep patients well. As are all of our medical practicioners. She works at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden NJ, and has been on staff at hospital many hours. She goes home to change and catch a nap and returns to the hospital 45 minutes away.
3/22/2020 from Sergei Boboshko: Read his marvelous account of the reception and concert to commemorate the opening of Chase Manhattan Bank International in Moscow, in 1994–including the Russian National Orchestra performing John Philip Sousa in Moscow!
3/18/20 from Victor Ho: Here's a photo of us lining up to buy face masks in Taipei. We are fine in Taipei! People here are very alert, as we have lots of anti-SARS experience from 2002. Most of the time we stay at home! We wear face masks when we are out.Hopefully all will be gone soon. God bless NYC!
3/16/20 from your webmaster, Andrea Axelrod: Just before all hell broke loose, I got to sing at a concert celebrating Stephen Sondheim's 90th birthday, at our mutual alma mater, Williams College. Here I am -- singing a song about survival. Let us all still be here when this crisis subsides!
3/16/20 from Jim Wertheimer:
It's a great time to catch up on books written by Chase Alumni:
3/17/20 Gillian van Schaick recommends:
- Fiction: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- Non-fiction: The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
3/23/2020 Fascinating Article on Plague Doctor Costumes3/22/2020 from Laura Effel: So many books! So little time! You cannot go wrong with these.
by Simon Schama
Civilisation: The Rest and the West
by Niall Ferguson
Conjuring the Universe
by Peter Atkins (greatest book I've read since Rovelli’s on physics for the layman)
3/23/2020 from Dave Kuhn: For both history buffs and others, I recommend Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard. Rising from poverty, James Garfield reluctantly became the 20th U.S. President in 1881 before being assassinated by a delusional office seeker just months into office. British surgeon Joseph Lister’s re