On the Plus Side

Strength under the Surface

By Marylyn Cork

We Americans have been hit with many catastrophes this year: around two hundred thousand deaths at time of writing from COVID-19; catastrophic and varied natural disasters the like of which we’ve never seen before, with unparalleled destruction and loss of life; riots and civil unrest; a divided and fractious citizenry, and a contentious federal election—too much just plain misery for a single year.

By this time, it’s a wonder we’re not all cowering in a corner with our face masks covering not only our noses and mouths but eyes as well, and with a wad of cotton stuffed in both ears. I’m not going to dwell on any of those bad things in this column. (Nor on a computer that isn’t working properly.) It’s time to write about something more positive. But what?

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