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28 Mar 2020
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I spent most of my day wildly oscillating between despair and inspiration. The despair came from, y’know, the news: The increasing numbers of reported infections and deaths. And the fact that we’re only two weeks into what’s going to be a rather lengthy shelter in place order. The inspiration came from … well, people doing amazing things. Below, we have links to 16 stories—and three quarters of them are at least partially “good” news. Go look (after you finish reading this introduction, of course). I promise you: You will feel a little better after perusing these links. I am also inspired by what’s going on in my little corner of the journalism world—where things, economically, literally could not be worse. We are all fighting to…
27 Mar 2020
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Thank goodness I live in California. Those are six words that I don’t always, well, feel. Don’t get me wrong; I love it here. This is the place I chose to live, after all. But there are times the state government can be a serious pain in the ass, as any, and I mean ANY, small-business owner will tell you. But, man, when it comes to this pandemic, thank goodness I live in California. The leadership from the state has been fairly quick, decisive and competent … and such is not the case in other states. Those six words—thank goodness I live in California—have been running through my head in a loop every time I read a tweet from my friend Donna Ladd. She’s the…
26 Mar 2020
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Understatement alert: Things are weird for all of us right now. On a personal level, this fact really hit home for me when it was a relief and even a pleasure—a temporary return to normalcy, if you will—to spend two hours today editing/proofing 8,000 words of question responses by Rancho Mirage City Council candidates. Yay, journalism! Normally, an editor such as myself would find a task like this to be about as enjoyable as dental surgery without anesthesia. (No offense to the Rancho Mirage candidates; the case is the same with full Q&A interviews with candidates for each and every office. The responses are important and interesting, albeit a bit rambling in some cases, but the task of carefully proofing the text is, well, bleh.)…
23 Mar 2020
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I have always been awful at living in the moment. My mind, left unchecked, is always running—usually pondering something out of my control, or a hypothetical, or something in the future (i.e., a hypothetical). What is this disaster going to do to my business? Will I be able to pay my bills? This was supposed to be opening week of baseball season; what if there’s no season at all this year? I am worried about my friend who’s coming down with something. I’ll need to go to the store tomorrow, and I don’t want to. You get the idea. Earlier today, I took a break and took a walk around the block with a friend who lives in my apartment complex. (Social distancing precautions were…
23 Mar 2020
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This new normal, alas, is going to last a while—and it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Therefore, it’s downright crucial that we make the best of this shit show. Personally, this has meant two things: First, I am trying to take good care of myself—yes, that means getting exercise (something I need to get better at even during “normal” times) and washing my hands a bazillion times a day, etc., but just as importantly, it means taking care of my mental health. That’s why yesterday’s (mostly) day off was amazing. I slept in. I mostly avoided the news. I ate yummy, healthy food. I watched Bojack Horseman. (Not familiar? Seriously, check it out. Yeah, I know there are animated talking animals. It’s…
20 Mar 2020
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Man, you know it’s been a crappy week when you’re quoted not once, but twice in national stories about the sudden demise of your industry. Bleh. But you know what … screw the negativity. There’s enough of that going around. Let’s focus on the positive elements—or at least the potentially positive elements—of the havoc COVID-19 is wreaking worldwide. Positives? you may reply. There are positives in all this awfulness?! While I don’t want to diminish how bad things are for many people—and how truly awful they may get in the weeks ahead—yes, there are some small, tiny, slivers of silver linings here. For starters: • The pandemic is finally forcing the state to take immediate, drastic action on the homelessness problem. What if, just maybe,…
20 Mar 2020
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Apologies for the relative lateness of this Daily Digest; the hubby and I had, as we only-half-jokingly call it, couple’s physical therapy late this afternoon. About eight weeks ago, the hubby slipped and fell after grocery shopping on a rainy day; he broke his kneecap. Two weeks later, he had surgery to repair the damage. The day after his surgery, I fell while hosting an event and dislocated my right elbow. Yes, really. Six weeks after that, we’re well on our way to recovery—but still at least a good six weeks away from anything resembling “healed.” The hubby wants to walk normally again; I want to be able to lift more than five pounds with my right arm and throw a softball again. So, even…
18 Mar 2020
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I’ve written about five different intros in my head so far for this Daily Digest … but instead, I am going to get straight to the point, because we all have a very cool opportunity—to get our questions about this virus, and the resulting societal chaos, answered by a local doctor who is scary-smart and really cool. I’ve been asked to join my friends Shann Carr, John Taylor and Brad Fuhr tomorrow morning to record the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast (via Google Hangout, with all of us at our own homes, thank you very much), with special guest Dr. Laura Rush. She’s a physician with Kaiser Permanente, where sees all patients of all ages, but focuses on HIV, gay, lesbian, and transgender health…

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