Pandemic Note and Photo O’ Day 159

1619 – Dutch ships lands in Jamestown, Virginia, carrying the first enslaved people to what would become the United States.

August 20th


It’s been a few days (7 actually) since I last posted what was for many weeks and months a consistent, daily feature here at my blog.

I’ve fallen away from it mainly b/c my schedule is now requiring me to get up earlier (8ish) which means that I can’t stay up as late writing these daily posts. Also, I’ve been working hard with Census 2020 and by the time the late evening rolls around, I’m pooped!

The season is changing as I will be going back to the classroom soon. Not only does this mean that I’ll need to get up the earliest I’ve gotten up in months, I’ll also have much homework in the evenings.

I want to keep writing these posts as daily as possible and to do this, I’m going to stream-line a few things to reduce the time I spend on this posting each day

So, here’s what’s going to be different…. First, I’m not going to past the images of the countdown clocks to election day and inauguration day. I will post the links to those sites so you can count down on your own.

Days Until Presidential Election 2020

Days Until Inauguration Day – January 20, 2021

Next, I’m going to have just one photo which will be posted at the top. I’ll have brief comments on it as well.

And I’ll end each day with a quote from one article which caught my attention during the day and made me think. Lastly, I’m going to keep the “categories” and “tags” to a short, focused (and hopefully useful) list.


History was made Wednesday evening as the first female of color was officially nominated as vice-president on a major party ticket. Although, I’m not personally a female of color myself, I have great respect for black women and the inherent power I’ve witnessed in so many of them.

I thought tonight of a black sophomore girl I taught and got to know the past two school years.

Camille proudly wore a “Bernie 2020” button on her school uniform. She and I would chat often about why she liked this particular candidate. We weren’t in face to face school when Bernie graciously bowed out of the race.

I’m sure Camille was disappointed that her candidate wasn’t going to be president. I hope that seeing Kamala Harris tonight make history consoled this now former student of mine and that this teenage black girl may now be better able to see herself in a politically influential position someday too.


And the note/quote of the day from “Pope: Rich can’t get priority for vaccine, poor need help”

After the COVID-19 pandemic, the pope said, the world can’t return to normality if normal means social injustice and degradation of the natural environment.

Francis said: “How sad it would be if for the COVID-19 vaccine priority is given to the richest.”

“It would be sad if this vaccine were to become the property of this nation or another, rather than universal and for all,” the pontiff added, without indicating any particular country….

“The pandemic has laid bare the difficult situation of the poor and the great inequality that reigns in the world,″ the pope said in his speech. ”And the virus, while it doesn’t make exceptions among persons, has found in its path, devastating, great inequalities and discrimination,” Francis said, adding “and it has increased them.

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