A new calendar has replaced the old one on the wall as we celebrate the start of a new year, 2021. My sentiments were positive and fortunately my COVID  symptoms were negative. In a few days time JOE BIDEN will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the USA.  Covid restrictions are being modified, in some cases eliminated.But the data remains.

   The following statistics are for 2021, except the last one.These numbers supplied by the NY Times are for New York State.

January 10:       15956 new cases

March 17:           6964

July 4:                  329

Sept 4:               4459

Jan 4, 2022       66515 

 The ups and downs for the year as indicated on the actual NYT graphs are amazing to view, it represents a ski slope kinda incline. Each can make your head spin. Then, new variants arrive and more folks get sick. I’m what they call “max vax” that is fully vaccinated with a booster but I am still reluctant to travel, enjoy concerts, attend NY Rangers games or hang with some friends at the local tavern. My life has changed drastically since that fateful day in New York City March 10, 2020. Currently, I spend my home bound days reading five daily newspapers, and numerous online magazines. I have revived my stamp and coin collections, practiced new cooking techniques, and most importantly learned how to suppress throat clearing coughs while in the company of others.

“You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.”
~ Hillary DePiano

to be continued…