April 6-April 10, 2020

a look back at this week’s essays…

When I’m Going to Get Back Into Stocks 

I’m not an investment advisor. I don’t feel comfortable telling others what to do with their money. I prefer to say what I’m doing and why, and then let my readers decide if it makes sense for them.

So: Am I getting back into stocks? Not now. I’ll tell you why.

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Coronavirus Update: New Estimates and Answers 

Today, I’m going to cover some aspects of the pandemic that are not reported, are underreported, or are misunderstood.

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Hope and Progress

Today, we are going to take a break from all the noxious news and daunting data about the Corona Crisis to give you some hopeful facts.

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quick quiz 

  1. How much do you remember about this week’s “Words to the Wise”? Use each of these words in a sentence:

* protean (4/6/20)

* antibiotic (4/8/20)

* sedentation (4/10/20) 

  1. Fill in the blanks in this week’s quotations:

* “Every step of life shows much _____ is required.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (4/6/20)

* “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and _____.” – John Adams (4/8/20)

* “Every glittering ounce of _____ should be cherished and hoarded and worshipped and fondled like a priceless diamond.” – Hunter S. Thompson (4/10/20)

  1. Are these statements True or False?

* Italy has been ravaged by the coronavirus, but the reasons are linked more closely to globalism than to the age of the infected. (4/6/20)

* “Coronials” is a new slang term referring to the hypothetical generation conceived during COVID-19.” (4/8/20)

* The “Waffle House Index,” based on the total number of waffles served at Waffle Houses across the country, is an informal measure of the amount of weight being put on by Americans. (4/10/20)


recommended links from this week’s blog

 * I referred to the coronavirus as a “black swan” event in my March 25 essay. In this video, Nassim Taleb, who invented the term, corrects me. Check it out here.

 *  A really cool and easy way to make a mask…here.

* Click here to read a full explanation of how antibiotics, antibodies, and antigens work in your body to help you fight off disease.

 * “Seven ‘Twilight Zone’ episodes that are eerily timely during the coronavirus pandemic” – Click here to read this thought-provoking article from The Washington Post.

* Click here to watch Bill Gates’s chilling warnings to Trump – before the coronavirus outbreak hit.

 * “John Krasinski launches ‘good news’ network from quarantine” Here.

 * “Zoom Surprise: Good News With John Krasinski, Ep.2”


* “The Good News Dashboard” Here.

 * “A look at some ‘good news’ across the US” Here.

* More corona humor: a “relaxing” guided meditation with Curb Your Enthusiasm’s J.B. Smoove on YouTube Here.


Your Question:

I know from what you’ve written that you are busier than ever right now and don’t have any free time. But if, like many of us, you did have time on your hands every day, what sorts of worthwhile goals would you set for the next month or two?

My Answer:

Funny you should ask… I began to write an essay on this a few days ago. I haven’t had time to finish it, but here are 17 quick ideas I came up with:

  1. Get up an hour earlier.
  2. Spend that extra hour working on a project or long-term goal that you value.
  3. Spend at least a half-hour walking. Not speed walking. Strolling.
  4. Perform one act of service or kindness each day – even if it’s just writing a letter.
  5. Say thank you to someone that has helped you in the distant past.
  6. Discover your core values by imagining your own funeral.
  7. Do something – it doesn’t have to be big – that you’ve been putting off.
  8. Start or continue to learn a new skill – one that will increase your net worth.
  9. Start or continue to learn another skill – one that will increase your self-worth.
  10. Do something worth writing about.
  11. Write something worth reading.
  12. Read something worth recommending.
  13. Start a ritual.
  14. Confront a fear.
  15. De-clutter your home, your office, and your relationships.
  16. Make a new friend or reconnect with an old one.
  17. Start a second income.

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