Pandemic: A Poem for These Times

Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
 
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
 
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
 
–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

Ask Linda: Linda Cade’s Story

Ask Linda, She Knows Everything…..That’s Linda Cade and no, Linda isn’t a cocky, smart ass know it all; that’s actually the name of her radio show on KOWS 92.5 FM radio. And while Linda would be the first to say she doesn’t know it all, she does know enough to keep leaning the life lessons that keep her, her friends, and clients sane, healthy, active and vibrant.

Hard times and life challenges can bring out the best or worst in us. Linda has had her share of both, meeting the hard times as opportunities to reflect, grow and move forward. I invite you to listen to her story and to glean some of her life lessons for yourself.

By Roberta Teller