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  1. Avatar Barbara Mays
    May 21, 2020 @ 1:20 pm

    Writing about (and reading about) COVID-19 experiences and reflections has been empowering and encouraging. I’m in northwest Phoenix now and have seen little to no self-distancing nor personal protection. Perhaps it is the area I am in. Next week I will see how it is in central Phoenix. I have personally observed how the choices the government has made to deal with the pandemic have more sinister and behind-the-scenes consequences. I have observed how the shut-down has caused people to be evicted from their homes, even with Governor Ducey’s order to “not evict”. In the courts I have observed, that his public face order is meaningless when one is in the trenches. I see predators waiting in the wings to snatch up properties that people have sacrificed for in order to build a better life for themselves and their families. I am a person who has had a lifelong passion to see behind the surface of things, and what I am observing is concerning – even alarming. Personally I am becoming more aware of the fragility of life, not only physically, but emotionally and financially. I am also aware of the resilience of humanity. Our ability to rise to our best selves – and our capability of sinking into the deepest dungeons of depravity. The bottom line – take care of myself and those within my circle of influence. Passionately, and deliberately seek to allow the best in myself to rise and hold sacred space for those I love or know to do the same. To encourage the possibilities for that in my every word and deed.

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    • Dr. Laura Bush Dr. Laura Bush
      May 21, 2020 @ 5:14 pm

      Thank you, Barbara, for thinking further about the impact of the pandemic and commenting on this blog. There certainly is a range of responses to this next phase of dealing with the pandemic. I agree that life is fragile and that humanity, thank goodness, is resilient.

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