Sunday, January 24, 2021



On Jan. 20, 2020, the first case of COVID-19 in the U.S. was confirmed right here in Washington State. This past week, many of my friends either received vaccines or have scheduled appointments for them. I won’t be eligible to get in line for a while yet, but even so, for the first time in a year, I feel like the end is in sight. On a practical, day-to-day level, I know that not much will change until a large majority of the community is vaccinated. But just knowing that the end is concrete and tangible fills me with anticipation and gratitude.

Meanwhile, Toni’s sister Fran (my yoga instructor) reports regularly on Caring Bridge that Toni is getting stronger, a tiny baby step at a time. It’s been nearly three months since Toni contracted COVID, and she is still not breathing fully without a ventilator. The damage to her body, some of it permanent, has been devastating and will take a long time to fully heal, but she is bravely on her way.

All of this in the same week as the change in U.S. presidents has made this a week of hope and optimism instead of dread and anxiety. My heart is a hundred times lighter.


  1. Good news about Toni. I'd been wondering about her condition.

  2. I'm glad to hear that Toni is doing better. I'm eligible for the vaccine but getting an appointment is near impossible since the supplies haven't kept up with the demand. We need to work hard to stop the spread. Just this week my nephew's wife and baby in GA tested positive. They both seem to be doing OK but it is such a scary thing. Stay safe out there!

    1. I'm sorry to hear about your nephew's family! I hope they get by with mild symptoms. Greg is eligible for the vaccine now, but he's having the same issue as you... it's so competitive to get an appointment. But Biden is getting more vaccines out to all the states, so that's very good news!


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