Amid Covid-19

Earlier this year I wrote the following:

I recently heard it said, that all we’re being asked to do is stay at home and we’ll be heroes. Let’s not screw it up this time. I’ve heard terms like “social distancing” and someone say, “That’s really incorrect. It should be called “physical distancing.”

Because I’ve worked in the “virtual sphere” since 2002, I know how social connections can be established in this computer world, this place of non-place where physical boarders and boundaries don’t exist. My daughter’s Grade 7 teacher had expressed how much she loved teaching online because she didn’t have to be involved in crowd control. The kids really wanted to learn and their parents were involved and supportive. Her words came at a time before the smart phones and apps we see today. That was eighteen years ago.

The 2020 upheaval amid Covid-19 has put us all on edge. And how we want to view the current situation, whether as a blessing or a curse, it’s clear that the world we live in has changed. As if overnight, old ways of doing things are going out. Not fading out, as would imply a gradual shift, but necessarily blotted out.

Perhaps our collective consciousness is helping to create this shift. Certainly, we see how Canadians can make necessary changes in their lifestyles to support a cleaner environment and healthier communities both here and abroad because what we do, does have an impact on our world and it’s amazing to think how our choices as consumers can have such dramatic effects on business and industry. Yes, you do have power. Yes you can be a hero. Just by being still. Strange isn’t it?

And yet, many people do not have such options. They must be at their posts and guard their stations whatever those stations may be.

I express my extreme gratitude for those standing guard for all of us. On behalf of my family and our many friends around the world, Be well and be kind.

Haileevale

Thank You For Being A Friend

Thank you for being a friend, traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant
friendsI’m not ashamed to say, I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off won’t you stand up and take a bow

And if you threw a party, invited everyone you knew
Well you would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say

Thank you for being a friend

If it’s a car you lack, I’d surely buy you a Cadillac
Whatever you need any time of the day and night
I’m not ashamed to say, I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow

And when we both get older
With walking canes and hair of gray
Have no fear even though it’s hard to hear
I will stand real close and say

Thank you for being a friend

Let me tell about a friend
Thank you for being a friend

And when we die and float awaykarma
Into the night, the Milky Way
You’ll hear me call as we ascend
I’ll say your name, then once again
Thank you for being a

Thank you for being a
Thank you for being a friend

People let me tell about a friend
Thank you for being a friend

Tell about a friend
Thank you for being a friend

- Andrew Gold -