Last night, we got around five inches of snow, and as we Mainers would say, it looks like wintah again. Somehow this didn’t bother Clif and me in the least when we got up and gazed at the white beauty of the newly fallen snow. This is March, after all, and in northern New England, we frequently get snow in March.
Outside, everything looked soft and calm, soothing, even, in the face of what’s going on all around us.
I particularly like the tangle of snowy branches.
The temperature is supposed to be in the 50s today, which means the snow won’t last long. But while it does, we will treasure our winter wonderland. As my blogging friend Eliza observed, we northern New Englanders are half crazy, but in a good way.
Coronavirus News from Maine
From Maine CDC
Maine’s number of cases of the coronavirus: 118
From the Bangor Daily News
Only a week earlier, Maine had fewer than 20 confirmed cases, and health officials expect it to continue to spread.
The News from All Over
Nearly 1 in 1,000 people in the greater metropolitan area [of New York City] have now contracted the virus, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus coordinator, said yesterday. That makes the “attack rate” — the percentage of the population with the disease — five times higher than the rest of the US…
From the New York Times
“Look at us today,” Governor Cuomo warned the rest of the country. “Where we are today, you will be in four weeks or five weeks or six weeks. We are your future.”
The latest numbers from CNN:
Global Cases: 387,382
Global Deaths: 16,767
From Mother Nature Nature: More Unsung Heroes
There’s no shortage of people facing extraordinary adversity to help us maintain some semblance of civilization in these pandemic times.
There are the usual suspects — doctors, nurses, firefighters — who make courage under fire seem so routine.
And then there are truckers.
Rain, shine or pandemic, the U.S. relies on about 3.5 million truck drivers to keep goods — the lifeblood of an economy — in circulation.
That includes canned foods and non-perishables like tuna and rice and beans, bound for small stores and shops in every nook of the country. And yes, there’s always a need for more toilet paper on Aisle 12.
My own take: When this horrible time is over, I hope we can respect all the workers who actually keep things running: The truckers, the cashiers, the clerks, the workers who stock shelves, the receptionists, and many others. And pay them a true living wage with benefits such as health care, sick days, and vacation time. Those at the top never fail to remind us how valuable they are and how much society needs them. Uh-huh. We know the truth now. And let’s not forget it.