Category: Chronicles

Bearing Witness to the Pandemic June 2021

Weeks of June 1-12, 2021 COVID cases continue their rapid decline across the country, although states with low vaccination rates are seeing the majority of new infections and deaths. The daily average count is now running 14,000. This is still worrisome as from each… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to the Pandemic June 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change June 2021

NOAA reported that in May the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii recorded the highest levels of CO2 in the atmosphere at 419 parts per million.  CO2 levels have now surpassed a staggering 50% higher than in pre-industrial times. The drop in emissions last year… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change June 2021”

Bearing Witness to the Pandemic May 2021

May 1-8, 2021 The month begins with over 32.5 million cases and 575,000 deaths from COVID in the US. However, good news keeps coming as daily new case counts continue to fall in the US below an average of 50,000 for the first time… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to the Pandemic May 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change May 2021

In the US, Hawaii has become the first state to officially declare a climate emergency. In a resolution the state legislature has declared that climate change threatens both humankind and the environment. A supporter said that “every day we wait to take action is… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change May 2021”

Don’t talk politics doesn’t work!

Over the past few years we have been instructed that the secret to maintaining important relationships in such turbulent times is to just don’t talk politics with family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Only if it was this simple! Have those who offered this advice… Continue Reading “Don’t talk politics doesn’t work!”

Bearing Witness to Good News April 2021

The best news of the month if not year is that the country as a whole continues to recover from the chaos, bitterness, and trauma of the Trump administration. It’s like we are all suffering PTSD – Post Trump Stress Syndrome – but did… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Good News April 2021”

Bearing Witness to the Pandemic April 2021

April 1- 10, 2021 The month begins with 30.5 million cases and 550,000 deaths in the US. The average daily death rate is still hovering around 500 from over 65,000 new cases each day. This is still too high but a huge improvement from… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to the Pandemic April 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change April 2021

At the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, CO2 levels have for the first time exceeded 420 parts per million. When carbon was first measured in the atmosphere in the 1950s it was 100 ppm lower, at 315. It is now higher than any time… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change April 2021”

Sorry State of the Missouri State Legislature

Year after year during each new state legislative session the welfare and intelligence of Missouri residents is assaulted by a multitude of offensive bills. When I think they could not do worse than the last session, they surprise me once again. The list of… Continue Reading “Sorry State of the Missouri State Legislature”

Bearing Witness to the Pandemic March 2021

Week of March 1- 6, 2021 As the month begins the US is averaging 2 million vaccines per day. Over 50 million people have now  received at least one shot. More than 80 million shots have been administered with 25 million people having received… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to the Pandemic March 2021”