Restrict Indoor Holiday Celebrations To Only Those Who Already Live In The Home.

   COVID cases are rising at a dangerous rate here in the United States. As a matter of fact, right now, the leading cause of death in the US is COVID with a person dying of the dangerous virus approximately every 30 seconds.
   Think about that: every 30 seconds, a human being dies of COVID-19 in the United States. Putting it in these terms: when you listen to Bing Crosby’s “A White Christmas,” odds are that 5-6 people just died of COVID in the United States.
   Think about that.
   As of 10am EST on December 20, 2020: 316,209 people have died of COVID in the United States, and with the way things are going, by April 1, there is a very real chance that number will be well over 500,000.
   There are a number of reasons for why the US is getting hammered so badly. One factor is that a number of viruses get worse in terms of spread during cold weather. Flu is an example of that.
   Another reason is due to the fact that the United States has mishandled this pandemic so badly. Leadership from the Federal Government has frequently been severely (or at times totally) lacking and when present, has often been uncoordinated and terribly inadequate. The Trump Administration has botched the job with confused, inconsistent responses and messaging which has often been filled with bad information and even flat out lies. In many ways, states have been left on their own in battling the pandemic (to a far greater extent than they should have been) with some states being more effective and responsible than others. The result has been a kind of disorganized ad hoc, patchwork approach instead of a coordinated national strategy.
   On top of this is the fact that many Americans (including Donald Trump) are still not taking this pandemic seriously and frequently disregard social distancing and mask wearing guidelines. Far too many people ignored the pleas of the medical community and went ahead and traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday to have inappropriately large gatherings. This undoubtedly worsened surge of COVID cases and deaths this country is seeing.
   Enough folks!
   The COVID pandemic is real, serious, and deadly. COVID has a significantly higher mortality rate than flu and can lead to debilitating long term effects in some who survive it.
   Another factor in COVID’s rapid spread is how a number of people who get COVID have mild or no symptoms but can still unknowingly spread it to other people, who in turn may be at high risk of serious disease and potentially even death.
   Hospitals around the country are nearing (or have reached capacity), and ER personnel are beyond exhausted with too many getting sick themselves. Southern California is literally running out of ICU beds as I write this. When hospital systems get overwhelmed, more people die who could have been saved otherwise.
   So, damn it, open your minds and do your part.
   Listen to the scientists and medical experts. Practice social distancing and mask wearing in public. Don’t have big holiday gatherings. Holiday celebrations (particularly indoor ones) should be restricted to only those who already live in the household. Stay home as much as you can. This is not the time for unnecessary travel, big indoor gatherings, and such.
   We are at war with COVID, and everyone should make adjustments in their lives in order to do their part in combating the virus to save lives.
   It’s up to all of us!

Thoughts For The Holidays

During the Holidays, many people talk about love, friendship, family, forgiveness, and the like.
But what about the rest of the year?
Kindness, caring, understanding, acceptance, tolerance, open-mindedness are concepts which we should all be striving for throughout the year.
Not just during the Holidays.
We should try to learn about and from one another. Let go of prejudices and be supportive instead.
Live and let live.
Remembering that love is love and hate should not enter into it.
Imagine the world if more did this.
Each and every one of us needs to look at ourself and work to make improvements and strive to be better, kinder, more open minded human beings.

To All The Lonely Out There, Hang In There This Holiday Season!

To all those for whom the Holidays are lonely and/or not so happy:
You’ll get through it!
Try to do something you enjoy. Perhaps watch a movie, read a book, take a walk, do something you enjoy.
Do some self care.
For many of us, the Holidays can be rough.
But don’t give up.
You can get through this.
And you will!

Be Careful What You Feed Your Pet This Holiday!

I know during the Holidays when you’re eating lots of good food, it is so tempting to treat your pets as well, especially dogs!
They look at you with those pleading eyes, and you can’t seem to resist!
But be careful, many pets get sick during the Holidays because they eat food that upset their GI System.
If your pet is on a prescription diet, do not give them any table scraps! None!
If your pet is on normal over the counter food and is healthy, still be careful.
Do not feed pets any bones!
Not one bone!
Don’t feed them hot, spicy foods!
Do not feed them things such as chocolate, coffee, caffeine, almonds, macadamia nuts, raisins, grapes, garlic, onions, chives, anything with xylitol in it, or raw/undercooked meat.
For a healthy dog or cat, a little boneless, cooked turkey is probably just fine. Lots of dogs enjoy that. Though be aware that some pets have sensitive GI tracts so that eating things outside their regular diet can potentially cause GI upset.
So, have a nice Holiday, and be careful what you feed your pet!

Holidays Are Tough For Many People

It’s the Holidays!
But wait a minute…
For many people (me included), it’s a difficult time of the year.
Thing is, lots of Americans are lonely. Some have lost a loved one, others have strained relationships with relatives, few if any friends, never found love, the list goes on. And while the loneliness is still felt any time of the year, it can be keenly felt during the Holidays.
There is so much talk of friends and family this time of year that when you are lonely, it can be hard. The Holidays reminds many of us how alone we are.
So, if the Holidays are rough…
Hang in there!
Try to do something you enjoy. It’s ok to do some self care!
And don’t be afraid to talk to a professional if you need.
Take care of yourself!
Believe in yourself!
And never give up!