The Coronavirus Spring
How is it affecting your life?
How should we respond?
Stories now start with the posting date.
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 recent development of antisepsis medicine had yet to be accepted by a skeptical American medical establishment. Garfield lingered for two months while his medical team searched for the bullet, and it is now generally accepted that his death resulted not from the gunshot but from the resulting infection unwittingly created by his medical team.
The author somehow turns otherwise dry presidential history into a fascinating glimpse into late 19th century life in America: politics, medicine, criminal defense and technology. Example: young Alexander Graham Bell, recent inventor of the telephone, worked feverishly to develop a metal-detecting device in an effort to find the bullet and save Garfield’s life. Garfield comes across as a remarkable man who conceivably would have made a real mark on the presidency. Millard brings him and his era to life.