“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got, till it’s gone,” wrote Joni Mitchell in her song “Big Yellow Taxi.” Perhaps the students of Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) and elsewhere, are beginning to realize that they might not have known what they had — and now it’s gone.

As we shelter in place, we must remember we are not alone. It takes all doing their part to continue forward in these trying times. We must support, however we can, those on the front line of this global pandemic: health care providers, first responders and scientists. We must also be kind to one another and grateful to our neighbors and friends. It is especially important to recognize and express gratitude to those who cannot do their work remotely and are providing services critical to the health and safety of our communities. 

Easter Dome
Susan Foreman
The Virus made me do it
Found castle in my home
Walked around my garden
Spring flowers I did clone
In spirit deep within me
That needed to be freed
From busy work with nothing
To contemplating tree
And absence from beach waters
Where humans frolicked once
Reminded me of childhood days
When I drank life like punch
Oh how Happy is my Heart
Sweet moments Find my Dome
For Easter Day is on its way
And I will Love from Home

I am worried about the Old Man. For one thing he sits quietly at his typing machine way too much. Poking him with my cold nose to get him going is not working as well as usual.

We’re going on at least three walks a day, which is great, but he is acting strange when we are out. Instead of walking up to neighbors to say “Hi,” we cross the street to avoid them. He waves, but doesn’t corner them to impart his worldly insights as he usually does. When he does stop to talk we’re across the street or at least leash length from everyone.

On Jan. 1, the Wuhan police announced it had “taken legal measures” against eight people who “published and shared rumors online” about the pneumonia-like illness and “caused adverse impacts on society.”

Among the eight was Wuhan Doctor Li Wenliang, who, soon after publishing the corona warning, contracted that virus from a patient and ultimately died as a result of the exposure.

Chinese authorities wanted to control information about the outbreak, silencing any voices that differed from their narrative, regardless of veracity or accuracy of conflicting reports.