In the time of coronavirus: Seattle, 7/21/20

“The thing about Hong Kong, and of course that’s my favorite city,” Edith told me on the phone yesterday, “is that the police threw everything at the demonstrations there. So it was being used by China as a test case, for when there are demonstrations in some random...

In the time of coronavirus: Seattle, 7/18/20

Yesterday evening, on our daily walk, Jenny and I were aurally assaulted by a motorcyclist revving his (surely his) engine repeatedly and very loudly, on purpose, just because he’s a jerk. We were six or eight blocks from home, and from where we were we had a clear...

In the time of coronavirus: Seattle, 7/12/20

Last summer my parents were hoping that my brother and I and our wives would join them for a week or so somewhere in Mexico, to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Why Mexico? Well, it’s interesting, my dad and brother enjoy speaking Spanish, my parents are...

In the time of coronavirus: Seattle, 7/7/20

On Sunday, July 5, I went for a long walk with my friend Paul Loeb. Paul is the author of the bestselling books Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times and The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times. They’re...

In the time of coronavirus: Seattle, 7/2/20

Yesterday I had a good long phone conversation with my 82-year-old dad. He seems to be doing pretty well now, five weeks post-surgery. He and my mom are walking around the block daily, sometimes twice. He has an appointment with his surgeon on July 16, and then...

In the time of coronavirus: Seattle, 6/29/20

So much for my hope of easing up and slowing down the writing of this diary. I awoke this morning to news from back east of a police SUV plowing through a crowd in Detroit and a white couple aiming guns – his an automatic rifle, hers a pistol – from the porch of their...