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Alone and Lonely, Together Or, I Promise This Isn’t Entirely About Coronavirus

Sociality (not socialism) is the degree to which an animal cooperates or associates with its own kind, and it is a product of survival, evolution, and biology. Some organisms, like many big cats, are barely social at all, only associating…

We’re In This For the Long Haul

How is that adjustment going? Two weeks ago we talked about the stages of grief and a psychological condition called “adjustment disorder” in reference to the reaction to sheltering in place that we may be experiencing. Back then, seemingly long,…

Going Viral

Have you adjusted yet? It would not be surprising if your answer were a resounding “No!”  You might even be feeling a kind of grief for your former life, the one in which you got to hug your friends, high…

Love in the Time of Covid-19: Quarantine Your Fear

Published in the Humboldt Independent on March 31, 2020 We are living through one of the scariest times in recent history, and humans are not very good at being scared. Experiencing an overwhelming global crisis coupled with the prospect of…

Facing the Coronavirus Pandemic Together

Published in the Humboldt Independent on March 24, 2020 While Humboldt County’s lone official positive case of Covid-19 has recovered, the highly infectious and deadly disease caused by a novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China late last year has…

Part 2 – Wuhan Coronavirus: Don’t Panic, But It’s Pandemic

Published in the Humboldt Independent on February 18, 2020 First, a quick update. The Wuhan Coronavirus has a new name and is now called COVID-19. I think the rebranding is a little sterile and sounds more like a missile defense…

Wuhan Coronavirus: A Practical Pandemic Panic Primer

Published in the Humboldt Independent on February 4, 2020 From the same planet that brought you SARS and MERS, it’s the 2019-nCoV novel coronavirus. I’m sure a more pronounceable acronym is forthcoming, but for now, we’ll call it the Wuhan…

The Pain in Spain Stays Mainly in Your Brain

Suppose your beloved but clumsy dance partner steps on your foot and you immediately feel pain, identified by your brain as clearly being in the crushed appendage, but what exactly is that sensation and where does it occur? Turns out…

May Be Habit Forming

Around this time of year, the end of one and beginning of another, many people are inclined to make some changes. Spurred by the sense of renewal that turning over the December page can bring we resolve to do things…

How To Remember To Not Forget

I had a great opening sentence to this article that came to me last night as I was going to sleep. Where it went since then, I have no idea. Memory is far from a perfect system, and the brain’s…