Our protagonist returns

Hello there! If you are reading this, I am assuming one of two things has happened: You have happened upon this site by accident, in which case you are truly wandering down a strange rabbit hole or two. You knew me (or of me) once and wondered, “Whatever happened to that guy?1” Surprisingly enough, I am still here. Well, sort of here. This site has never been really all that active, but it is downright buried in the digital dust now.
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Vaccine Shot 2 is Complete

Midday, yesterday, I found myself sitting on a small plastic chair in Roy Wilkins Auditorium as a kind and matter-of-fact nurse jabbed me in the arm with a needle. It was my second such experience in the last 21 days which means that in two weeks, I will be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. That is the good news. The less positive news is that that second dose did end up hitting me like a truck.
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Moving Forward

I was knocked out of commission for most of February and a good part of March by a strange illness that was in no way related to COVID but which still managed to make life extremely uncomfortable. I am, as they say, feeling much better now! That said, I am also playing a ton of catch-up. And there has been a ton to catch up on. In November of last year, I stepped away from my position at Optum to work with the reporting and evaluation team at the Institute for Community Alliances (ICA).
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In the Midst of the Chaos

One of the more positive aspects of aging is that, over the past several years, I have found myself becoming more and more of a morning person. This has afforded me the opportunity to witness far more sunrises than I did in my earlier days of late nights and later mornings. There is a certain peace that comes from watching a sunrise. The unerring rise and fall of the sun offers a sort of cold reassurance that, despite all of the chaos that surrounds us, there is a steady hum and flow to the universe.
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Checking in

Checking in
When I said that I expected 2020 to be a challenging year, I didn’t quite mean this challenging. That isn’t to say that this pandemic was unanticipated. One major frustration of the moment is that so many knew and anticipated an outbreak like this and had their warnings summarily ignored. Instead, they were painted as doomsayers in a just-in-time economy that became ever more efficient at the cost of its resiliency.
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