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The Next Normal

At times, we feel almost immune to the disaster that COVID-19 has been. The magnitude of the loss of life is beyond our ability to truly fathom, and as a result, we try to frame it in such a way that is manageable. Recently, I was in a discussion with someone who tried to rationalize the fact that most of those who we lost were older.


COVID-19 has claimed someone directly from our College Family. Jayne Spino passed away last week, and as shared in her obituary, she fell victim to COVID-19.


Who would have thought a year ago that COVID-19 would have impacted our lives to such a degree? This pandemic nightmare of the last 11 months appears to be concluding in the not too distant future. However, there remain some very tough days/weeks/months before we are truly through this horror.

Each of Us Is Responsible for Our Democracy

“How could this have happened?”

“Who is responsible?”

“Where was the security force?”

“How do we gird for further onslaughts?”

Which Resolutions Do You Break?

“Pretend for a moment that it is December 31st, 2020. What do you see? What has the year been for you? What have been the major events in your life as well as those closest to you?” Those were the first two lines of my Holiday Blog last year.

Giving Tuesday, or Any Day

December 1, 2020 is Giving Tuesday. If ever there was a year to celebrate Giving Tuesday, it is 2020. One problem with Giving Tuesday is that every charitable organization is looking for your support, and they are all worthy (at least almost all).

You People, Have to be the Strongest Group of People I Ever Saw

Stephen Stills, of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (CSN and Y) fame, with the backdrop of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, stated “…you people, have to be the strongest group of people I ever saw.” He prefaced this with “Three days, man, three days.” referring to the three days on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, N.Y.

Be Nice

Being nice has become a challenge. I see it in myself, those around me, on television, and in the social media milieu. COVID-19, state/local shutdowns/restrictions, economic tumult, our annualized election cacophony, hurricanes in the Gulf Coast, fires in the far West, overt social injustice, rioting, and attacks on peace officers.

SCC Restart – Let the Learning Resume

My personal and professional life experiences have been guided by two irrevocable beliefs. A fidelity to learning and education is the solution to every problem. This all builds on the concept that learning is a vital life function. Everyone is capable of learning; however, we learn at different rates and levels.

COVID-19 Restart: Let’s Do This Right

COVID-19 has devastated the families and friends of more than 135,000 Americans. It is difficult to process the magnitude of the loss.