This is a sight we're not used to seeing in the US. Empty grocery shelves and rationing of what is available.

March 28, 2020 – Empty Shelves

This is a sight we’re not used to seeing in the US. Empty grocery shelves and rationing of what is available. Living on an island that has experienced several extremely active hurricane seasons recently I’m more familiar with this experience than a lot of others. People are hoarding. [That doesn’t explain what’s going on completely. Look up The Beer Game for more of what’s to come – https://www.transentis.com/understanding-the-beer-game/] But hoarding, and the anxiety and depression that drives it, is evident. Which brings me to the Bible story about loaves and fishes. Thousands were hungry. But there were only a few fishes and loaves of bread to feed them. Jesus performed a miracle and, in the end, there was enough for everyone. Seems straightforward enough. But did Jesus transform the food and make it more? Or did he transform the people’s thinking and feelings so that what was there was enough to

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It feels like we've been shut in forever. But when I look back, I see that the shelter-in-place orders for Oahu and Hawaii only started this past Monday.

March 26, 2020 – Shut In

It feels like we’ve been shut in forever. But when I look back, I see that the shelter-in-place orders for Oahu and Hawaii only started this past Monday. Four days ago! Looking further back I see that coronavirus has injected itself into my life for much longer. It goes back to January when Sec. of Commerce Wilbur Ross basically said yeah, people will get sick and die but this is an opportunity for businesses to sort out their supply chains. Foreshadowing what has become this administration’s obsession with the economy over people. I realize now that we (my immediate family and me) have been slowly dialing back our lives since the end of January. Going out less and less. We already were working from home. Stocking up (but not hoarding). Doing the Costco and Amazon triage of buying and ordering non-perishable things we will need in the months ahead, not

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This is hilarious... #TheWestWingWisdom

March 24, 2020 – Open by Easter

“Trump says he wants the country opened by Easter” –CNN headline I can hear the Sunday sermons now. “As the Lord was resurrected, so shall the US economy and all our good fortunes with it.” It would make a great scene in a reality TV show. If this weren’t the reality we are now living. But here’s the thing: Three states that are among the strongest drivers of that economy (NY, CA, WA) are all in the throws of this pandemic with infection rates on the rise dramatically. How do you open a country for business when its business centers are too infectious to open back up? We’ll be selective, opening up the areas least at risk, they say. Really? What impact are the 12 people in Montana and their heads of cattle going to have on the overall economy? Oil prices have cratered, so not even fracking can help now.

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