Month: June 2020

Lock-free at last

Today felt a lot like Christmas. Except  Santa came bearing scissors and hair color. Yes, today  I got to see Kristen, at Color Me Krazy.  Today I got  a haircut. More precisely, I guess, I got my hair de-COVID’ed. The angst began building since shortly after  lockdown (um, pun intended, if just realized). I began…

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Getting hired in a pandemic

I’m getting fingerprinted today! And photographed! And background-checked! I’m getting a job with the US Census Bureau! I got conditionally hired just as COVID was ramping up in late March, just before isolating become a widely used gerund and a widely enforced official order. Even as I got that initial call, and was answering the…

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A simple gesture of peace

So if you’ve been sitting around your house feeling distant, disparate, dissociated, detached — helpless about all the hideousness and hate and chaos that seems to be flying around the world today, I just thought of something: Peace. A gesture. Been hanging out with my tribe at the Body Art Barn, which is still off limits,…

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A sign for these nail-biting times

Corinne Courtney puts her heart and soul into Nailed It, the hardware store she  established  in our  little town of Washingtonville, N.Y., in 2015. I  know this because when I interviewed her for a story when I worked at the Times Herald Record  last year, her dedication was palpable.   She thinks hard about everything aspect…

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