Monday, April 6, 2020

Monday Musings - April 6, 2020

1. It is the first Monday of April and of the week which is being called the Pearl Harbor in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus for the US.

2. The new normal is affecting every facet of life. I am amazed at how empty the roads are when I have to go to the store.

3. I have been driving for the third week on the same tank of gasoline and I still have three-quarters of a tank. 

Bumblebee on Chris's Glove
Elkridge, MD
April 4, 2020
4. Chris helped a bumblebee the other day. It crawled upon her work glove and sat in the sun for a few minutes. We are careful to not use any insecticides around to house to help protect the bee population.

5. Brushing the pool four times per day is not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. It goes fairly quickly. I am excited that the pool will soon bee ready for the season. We are going to have to have a big pool party when the "stay at home" order is finally lifted!

6. Chris and I are learning some new technology tools. We are becoming Zoom and Google Duo warriors! They are helping us to stay connected.

Keep Your Distance
Wegmans, Columbia, MD
April 4, 2020
7. It is Holy Week! Easter is upon us and the new normal is changing the way we approach the holiday. The pastor at church yesterday said that without all of the usual activity to keep us distracted, it will be just us and Jesus at the Easter dinner table.

8. Leadership is critical during times of crisis. I have seen examples of both great and poor leadership during the past week. Great leaders model good behavior and put their troops and people above self and career.

9. The new normal: signs on the grocery store floor to help patrons remain a safe distance from each other.

10. History Today. April 6, 1917, two days after the U.S. Senate voted 82 to 6 to declare war against Germany, the U.S. House of Representatives endorses the declaration by a vote of 373 to 50, and America formally enters World War I.
When World War I erupted in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson pledged neutrality for the United States, a position that the vast majority of Americans favored. Britain, however, was one of America’s closest trading partners, and tension soon arose between the United States and Germany over the latter’s attempted quarantine of the British Isles. Several U.S. ships traveling to Britain were damaged or sunk by German mines, and in February 1915 Germany announced unrestricted warfare against all ships, neutral or otherwise, that entered the war zone around Britain. One month later, Germany announced that a German cruiser had sunk the William P. Frye, a private American vessel. President Wilson was outraged, but the German government apologized and called the attack an unfortunate mistake.


The U.S. was beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus raged - The Washington Post

Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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