C Force from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/c-force Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 14 May 2021 02:34:12 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss C Force from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/c-force-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/c-force d9bdb68b62f09a0161ae0184c4c5fb04 Shining Some Light on 'Cave Syndrome' for 05/14/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/05/21/shining-some-light-on-cave-syndrome Fri, 14 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Before antibiotics, sunlight was used to speed up the healing of wounds, according to the Sunlight Institute. "All nature including humanity is solar-powered," they go on to remind us. "Sunlight is man's primary source of vitamin D, the 'sunshine vitamin'. You get only a quarter of the vitamin D you need from your diet with the rest coming from the sun."</p> <p>"Deprived of sunlight, man loses physical vigour and strength. Take away sunlight and all life on earth would soon perish," the institute declares. In a March 2020 Wexner Medical Center report, Whitney Christian, a family medicine physician and professor at The Ohio State University writes that psychological studies "link time spent out in fresh air and sunshine to a greater sense of vitality. ... Going outside can get your brain moving, too. Even if you simply sit outside or take a short stroll, the sensory stimulation that nature provides eliminates boredom. We have a natural connection to living things. When we're out in nature, it's easy to feel like we belong in our environment and foster a sunny disposition."<p>Updated: Fri May 14, 2021</p> 603743a351d66c6e6c6df7f6c1fb645a Ways Mental Health Assistance Is Taking Off for 05/07/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/05/21/ways-mental-health-assistance-is-taking-off Fri, 07 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Beyond her job as chief medical correspondent for ABC News, Dr. Jennifer Ashton maintains a daily medical practice where she sees patients ranging from teenagers to women in their 80s. As explained in an interview with Ridarswear news, in the past year, her patients have begun to open up more and more about the effects stress and uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and their associated struggles with fear, anxiety, loneliness, frustration and depression.</p> <p>"They express it to me almost with this tone that they think there's something wrong with it," says Ashton. "The first thing that I do is I help them recognize that it's appropriate and it's OK. Everyone is having these feelings. ... Nothing that we are doing today or have lived through in the last year is normal." </p> <p>As Ashton points out in her book "The New Normal," it is essential that we practice self-care during this pivotal time &#8212; a time when we are looking with hope toward healing and recovery. "It's time to go back to the basics," she says. <span class="column--highlighted-text">When asked one thing she does every day for her mental health, her answer is, "I'm a big believer in meditation."</span><p>Updated: Fri May 07, 2021</p> 94bf5ffadb24dbe2ddc777b51e616cb0 On the Subject of Grief and Gratitude for 04/30/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/21/on-the-subject-of-grief-and-gratitude Fri, 30 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I am writing this after hearing a fresh batch of stark and shocking news &#8212; yet another reminder of the psychological and social costs that await us in the post-pandemic world. The world's COVID-19 death toll is nearing yet another once-unthinkable number. As reported by The New York Times, "Nearly three million people have died from the virus since the first cases surfaced more than 14 months ago." The final tally will be even larger.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">As Allison Gilbert, who has written extensively about grief and resilience, states in a recent New York Times opinion piece, "The still growing death toll will leave behind millions of bereaved people, wracked by the suffering that the loss of a loved one can bring."</span> According to an algorithm developed by Ashton Verdery, an associate professor of sociology and demography at Pennsylvania State University, for every person who dies of COVID-19, nine loved ones are left behind. "A recent study found that at least 37,000 children in the United States have lost a parent to Covid-19 so far," writes Gilbert. "That grief plays out in waves across one's life and has no clear ending." The effects of grief can be as physical as the symptoms of any disease, and the social effects can be drastic as well, she adds.</p> <p>"Experts and grief organizations are asking American leaders to address this growing crisis," says Gilbert. "Grass-roots groups like Covid Survivors for Change and Marked by Covid have lobbied at the state and federal levels for accountability to relatives of victims."<p>Updated: Fri Apr 30, 2021</p> 344e5850d17e795518eff5fe454d7b61 The Price of Pushing People Toward the Great Outdoors for 04/23/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/21/the-price-of-pushing-people-toward-the-great-outdoors Fri, 23 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As I recently reported, though older people have borne a higher burden of illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19, surveys over the last year are showing people aged 50 and over experience more positive emotions each day and fewer negative ones than other demographics during the pandemic.</p> <p>In this run-up to the post-pandemic world ahead, it is important to note that not all behaviors and attitudes of older Americans have been positive. Despite the uptick in positive emotions, the National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that more than 6.5 million Americans aged 65 and older are currently dealing with depression on some level.</p> <p>According to the website Aging in Place, the National Institute on Aging also adds that one factor can potentially increase depressive symptoms beyond the more common causes in older adults: isolation due to a lack of social interaction. It could be entirely possible that expressed feelings of positive emotions may be masking how some folks really feel. Aging in Place believes that many seniors are choosing to keep their sadness to themselves. "This is primarily out of fear of what their family and friends will think of them if they learn that the senior is feeling down," they report. Based on findings, it is likely that the number of seniors struggling with depression will grow in the years ahead.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 23, 2021</p> 6283be41c4cb84f1eaae56600ce7da00 More on Building a Better Normal After the Pandemic for 04/16/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/21/more-on-building-a-better-normal-after-the-pandemic Fri, 16 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As we emerge from the closeted lives we have been living for the past year, trying to shed light on what the post-pandemic world will be like, we must start with a fundamental question: What will <i>we</i> be like? From a mounting number of public health professionals, the prognosis is not especially encouraging. </p> <p>There are psychological and social costs to be reckoned with. As recently reported by Harvard Health, according to the American Psychological Association, we are in a national mental health crisis that could have repercussions for years to come.</p> <p>"The past year has been hard on most of us. Who hasn't felt anxious? Who hasn't wanted to retreat from the world at times?" writes Bobbi Wegner, a clinical psychologist and lecturer at Harvard University, in a recent university blog.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 16, 2021</p> 91b57d979fb0701c6a17c940f53fa5c8 Can We Build a Better Normal After the Pandemic? for 04/09/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/21/can-we-build-a-better-normal-after-the-pandemic Fri, 09 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>A few weeks ago, I wrote about a report by The Zebra, the nation's leading insurance comparison site, on the growing threat posed by extreme speeding on the nation's roadways. The report spoke of how, during the pandemic, some drivers have become more likely to rage-drive as a form of stress relief, while others seek an adrenaline rush by driving dangerously fast and loose. Both situations put all others on the road at risk. When I read this, I feel anger.</p> <p>Back in February, I shared the story of Navajo Zoel Zohnnie, who, when the pandemic struck, loaded up his pickup truck with as many barrels of drinking water as he could gather and began delivering daily supplies to the elderly and disabled of his reservation now isolated in remote areas. He soon found himself joined in support by others, ultimately delivering more than 325,000 gallons of water to families in need. I feel encouraged and inspired when I hear this story.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Such reactions, and the questions these stories raise about our response during a crisis, are not new.</span> Speaking to such concerns in a February opinion piece posted on the economic news site Foreign Policy, Ashish Kaushal writes: "If there is one thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us, it is that our survival depends on society putting the good of all above individual needs. It has also shown us, however, that we often fail to reach that ideal."<p>Updated: Fri Apr 09, 2021</p> b8601e1c65294f39d3a3499d47ee2334 Experts Say To Watch the Weight and Spend More Time Outside for 04/02/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/21/experts-say-to-watch-the-weight-and-spend-more-time-outside Fri, 02 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There is no way around it. During the isolating environment of the past year, we have all developed some bad habits. They have developed out of necessity &#8212; like relaxed at-home eating habits while sitting on the couch and binge-watching TV, or sitting in bed with one hand scrolling your phone and the other "zombie eating." </p> <p>Susan Albers, a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic, says such practices fall into what she calls "quarantine permissiveness." As we now start to work our way toward the "new normal" that lies somewhere up ahead, Albers tells the NYC Daily Post that we have reached a point where we should begin to consider a return to the dining table.</p> <p>Albers explains that a nicely set table, with napkins and real plates and utensils, can reframe mealtime as a special part of the day &#8212; a time for folks to sit down and eat while giving mealtime their full attention. "Eating should be an experience and something you enjoy," she says.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 02, 2021</p> a1eec9fba2801c22176286e37030bb5c What's Driving the Turn of Our Roadways Into Speedways? for 03/26/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/21/whats-driving-the-turn-of-our-roadways-into-speedways Fri, 26 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As reported in The Washington Post, a teenage pedestrian died in August after being hit by two cars along a portion of Indian Head Highway bordering Washington, D.C. It took place a few miles from where another pedestrian was killed in an incident with a vehicle the same month. In September, the driver and passenger of a speeding Toyota Supra were killed when they collided with another car on a busy stretch of Muddy Branch Road in Maryland's Montgomery County. Three people in another vehicle were said to have suffered serious injuries.</p> <p>In November, near the capital, a 53-year-old man was riding his bike to work when he was struck by a vehicle and killed at a major intersection. According to police records, he represents one of three bicyclists killed in the D.C. area last year, along with 82 pedestrians, one of which was on a scooter, another riding a skateboard.</p> <p>Transportation and law enforcement officials expressed concern to The Washington Post's transportation reporter Luz Lazo that the pandemic, which has so greatly altered our lives, is also altering the "dynamics of road safety." In the District of Columbia and its close suburbs, it was reported that deaths were up from 2019, with 249 people dying in traffic-related incidents last year.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 26, 2021</p> e76d087e12ae61619e878707b2e08246 With Less Spring in Our Step, Welcome to Daylight Saving Time for 03/19/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/21/with-less-spring-in-our-step-welcome-to-daylight-saving-time Fri, 19 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>During this new moment within the current pandemic, where more and more experts are imagining a "light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, a real beam has shone upon us. March 14 marked a shift to daylight saving time. It is that annual event where sunrise and sunset jump ahead one hour. As pointed out recently by Holly Burns of The New York Times, it represents one pandemic milestone we had not fully experienced together yet, with longer evenings and the extra sunlight.</p> <p>Some but not all experts are excited about this change. Among those seeing more sunlight as a relief is Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. "Light can cause a shift in your emotional state because it's a stimulant," he explains to the Times. "It stimulates receptors in the eye, which send signals back to regions of the brain that regulate emotional responses, possibly by increasing serotonin transmission. We know serotonin to be a powerful chemical in regulating mood." </p> <p>This is especially important to the estimated 6% of people in the United States who suffer from seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that commonly occurs in the fall and winter months. "If you're thirsty in the desert and someone gives you water, your tongue is so sensitive to the sensation of drinking it that it feels amazing," Rosenthal notes. "For a person who's been deprived of light for months, there's a similar effect."<p>Updated: Fri Mar 19, 2021</p> 8de81ef497e9aff81076a3db522c5ab6 Health Workers Overwhelmed By COVID-19 Lacking Needed Help for 03/12/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/21/health-workers-overwhelmed-by-covid-19-lacking-needed-help Fri, 12 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It is not hard to think of doctors in charge of hospital units as type A personalities who expect a lot from themselves and those in their charge. Or to conjure up visions of doctors and nurses with their unyielding work ethic carrying out seemingly never-ending responsibilities &#8212; and doing it with a strong sense of comradery and stoicism. They soldier on under enormous pressure because they have no choice but to keep working. There are patients to care for. These images of doctors and nurses fill countless TV hospital dramas and news reports. It is why, over the last year of a horrifying pandemic, we have taken to referring to these frontline health care workers as our heroes. But we must acknowledge that "hero" is a classification to which many frontline workers take exception. Idealizing them as such allows less license to be what they are &#8212; as human as you and me.</p> <p>As I reported in the past, it is hoped that the shared impact of the pandemic on our collective psyche will help us realize the importance of seeing mental health as the medical issue it is. Many clinicians believe this is one of the biggest pandemic issues we will face in 2021. Seeing doctors and nurses as human as the rest of us does not mean seeing them as any less exceptional or inspirational for their skills, caring and sacrifice. It makes them even greater because of the emotional toll they so often pay in carrying out their jobs. </p> <p>According to Science Daily, a new study conducted by the University of Utah suggests that "more than half of doctors, nurses, and emergency responders involved in COVID-19 care could be at risk for one or more mental health problems, including acute traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, problematic alcohol use, and insomnia."<p>Updated: Fri Mar 12, 2021</p> 578654b7e3bb1ab2da02ab21d62126d3 Lingering Ills of Isolation Yet To Be Known for This Pandemic for 03/05/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/21/lingering-ills-of-isolation-yet-to-be-known-for-this-pandemic Fri, 05 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In the desolate frozen landscape 2,415 miles south of Christchurch, New Zealand, stands McMurdo Station. As recently reported by Tara Law of Time magazine, this Antarctic research base has served as home to a man named Pedro Salom since he took a dishwashing job there in 2001. He knows it well. He is well-accustomed to the ebb and flow of life on the ice. He has seen the comings and goings of personnel. He has watched them as they settle into what Law describes as "the feeling of isolation from the rest of the world when earth and sea disappear in the endless night from April to August; and the joy when the sun finally appears behind the mountains once again."</p> <p>Salom has also been around long enough to know that, as people reach the end of their deployments, many begin to struggle. It will begin with a change in habits by a station mate. They often begin to feel "anxious, withdrawn, and increasingly vulnerable," he says. Science has come up with a term for what he describes.</p> <p>In the psychological study of extreme confinement and isolation, it has become known as the "third-quarter phenomenon." It is a condition that ABC News' James Purtill notes "was first described in early 1980s studies that set out to determine how long humans could survive in space." What they learned was that radiation or zero-gravity emerged in many instances as less of a problem than "interpersonal conflict caused by isolation."<p>Updated: Fri Mar 05, 2021</p> e26f99a9a84c8a36d82e91cab674e843 Reminders of Why We Will Get Through This Pandemic for 02/26/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/21/reminders-of-why-we-will-get-through-this-pandemic Fri, 26 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>A recent opinion piece by Susanna Schrobsdorff, editor at large for Time magazine, tells the story of Navajo Zoel Zohnnie. A welder by trade, Zohnnie calls home the Southwestern region known as the Four Corners. After losing his father at 17, his aunt took on the responsibilities of raising him and teaching him to respect Navajo traditions and of the importance of serving his community. When the pandemic struck, Zohnnie's heart went out to those now isolated in remote areas of the reservation, especially the elderly and disabled. As pointed out by Schrobsdorff, a significant percentage of those on the reservation do not have access to clean running water in their homes. </p> <p>"With his own pickup truck and a few barrels of water, Zoel began doing daily deliveries," writes Schrobsdorff. Word of his efforts soon spread throughout the tribe, and requests for assistance began mounting. "He was getting more requests on a daily basis than he could meet," she writes. "He had to purchase another truck and a flatbed, and eventually two and then three, and more." He needed funding if he was going to meet these demands, which led to joining with others in forming a nonprofit fundraising group called Water Warriors United. He next connected through a friend with an organization called Pandemic of Love. This organization soon worked out a way for donors to "adopt a Navajo household" and, through their donation, pay for a barrel of water to be delivered and installed on an ongoing basis for families on the reservation.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Since this coalition was established back in April, Water Warriors United has delivered more than 325,000 gallons of water to families in need. "Zoel pledges that the grassroots Navajo Nation Water Campaign will continue as long as he has requests for water," writes Schrobsdorff.</span><p>Updated: Fri Feb 26, 2021</p> e374aca61d88b5b794d4a0e2417a0254 Big Thinking Breeds Results, Even During COVID-19 for 02/19/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/21/big-thinking-breeds-results-even-during-covid-19 Fri, 19 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Yet another coronavirus-related headline this week. This one comes from data provided by Johns Hopkins University that, for the first time since November, average new daily coronavirus infections in the U.S. have fallen under 100,000, well below the average infection rate in December and January. As reported by NPR, these figures are significantly below the average daily infection rate of 200,000 for December and nearly 250,000 in January.</p> <p>This bit of good news comes with a familiar warning from health experts that we have a long way to go before we can celebrate a true turning point. As the NPR report points out, current cases remain at a level more than 2 1/2 times what was seen over the summer. With the encouraging news we are also entering what Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins, referred to as "a really worrisome time" for the potential spread of new variants.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 19, 2021</p> cbcd0b30118a97608d8625d7f7543069 Lifestyle Medicines as a Pathway to Pandemic Recovery for 02/12/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/21/lifestyle-medicines-as-a-pathway-to-pandemic-recovery Fri, 12 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Though new coronavirus cases are reported to be on the decline in the United States following the deadly post-holiday peaks last month, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky recently warned that the positive trend is no cinch to continue.</p> <p>"Although we have seen declines in cases and admissions and a recent slowing of deaths, cases remain extraordinarily high, still twice as high as the peak number of cases over the summer," USA Today reports her saying.</p> <p>Heading into the pandemic, most Americans were already stressed, sleep-deprived and overweight. Many of us were suffering from largely preventable lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. As reported last month in The Conversation, "About 90% of the nearly $4 trillion Americans spend annually for health care in the U.S. is for chronic diseases and mental health conditions."<p>Updated: Fri Feb 12, 2021</p> 28d77b9f99f5a3b9b9a62169a37812a3 The Mental Health Challenges of Pandemic Recovery for 02/05/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/21/the-mental-health-challenges-of-pandemic-recovery Fri, 05 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Mental health is a medical issue. That is a plain fact. We are currently trying to look ahead to the flickering beam of light that leads to pandemic recovery and imagine what it will take to get us there. Health care professionals believe that the sooner we recognize the fact that mental health is a medical issue and needs to be addressed as such, the better off we will all be. </p> <p>"Every time we talk about public health, we should talk about mental health. And every time we talk about Covid-19, we should talk about mental health," Lisa Carlson, past president of the American Public Health Association and an executive administrator at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, recently underscored in a CNN report. Carlson explains that the more honesty and empathy we apply to our approach to mental health, the more the stigma is dismantled that deters those who seek it. The importance of this cannot be overstated. Many experts believe that mental health will be one of the biggest pandemic issues we will face in the year ahead.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">"We don't have a vaccine for our mental health like we do for our physical health," Carlson tells CNN. "To come out of the challenges of mental health, we're gonna need to work together to do that," she adds.</span><p>Updated: Fri Feb 05, 2021</p> f49a75354078c27cfd1c3cb446618b10 US Life Expectancy Drops as Aversion to Exercise Remains Unchanged for 01/29/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/01/21/us-life-expectancy-drops-as-aversion-to-exercise-remains-unchanged Fri, 29 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As recently reported by NPR, according to analysis by researchers at the University of Southern California and Princeton University, the coronavirus pandemic appears to have further shortened the average life expectancy in the United States. If the projection holds, it will represent the largest single-year decline in life expectancy in the past 40 years. The report goes on to say that the U.S. life expectancy reduction will exceed that of most other high-income countries. Even before the pandemic, the United States had a life expectancy below that of all other high-income, developed nations. What do we do about this?</p> <p>"If the COVID-19 shelter-in-place has brought anything to our lives, it may very well be the opportunity for self-care," says a science and technology report posted last May by Nevada University. "Harnessing the power of physical activity may be one of our most valuable tools to maintain quality of life, improve mental health and manage disease such as COVID-19 infections." The problem is that staying healthy and living an active lifestyle, even with extra time on our hands, remains a problem for most Americans.</p> <p>Time magazine reported that, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while slightly more Americans are meeting the federal physical activity guidelines than in years past, overall rates are still low. The 2018 physical activity guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity each week, or an equivalent combination. Only 19% of women and 26% of men currently meet these guidelines.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 29, 2021</p> 5a4a6af88bb5abb91c21c4b233709292 Bare Feet Are Made for Walking for 01/22/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/01/21/bare-feet-are-made-for-walking Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As a recent Healthline report reminds us, when a toddler is learning to walk, parents are encouraged to let this process happen naturally. Without shoes. Says the report, "That's because shoes can affect how a child uses the muscles and bones in their feet."</p> <p>Kids receive feedback from the ground when they walk barefoot, which improves awareness of their body in space. Translating that to adults, it is also noted that advocates of barefoot walking and exercising "are pushing back on wearing shoes all day long and encouraging all of us to let our feet be free."</p> <p>"The most straightforward benefit to barefoot walking is that in theory, walking barefoot more closely restores our 'natural' walking pattern, also known as our gait," explains Dr. Jonathan Kaplan, foot and ankle specialist and orthopedic surgeon with Hoag Orthopedic Institute.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 22, 2021</p> 60101a11cd287d936d56c28d10727757 Dietary Guidelines and Adopting a Post-Pandemic Mentality for 01/15/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/01/21/dietary-guidelines-and-adopting-a-post-pandemic-mentality Fri, 15 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In the midst of a mind-bending week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines. Developed without normal fanfare and scant public attention due to the pandemic, this once-every-five-year exercise is intended to provide the public with the most up-to-date dietary advice to promote health and prevent chronic disease.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">These guidelines are considered the No. 1 trusted resource for health care professionals and policymakers, and according to the American Pharmacists Association, they shape school lunch programs and affect what food companies produce.</span></p> <p>Among the recommendations, the 2020-2025 guidelines continue to say that no more than 10% of our calories should come from added sugar. According to Livestrong, that equates to the amount that might be found in a can of regular cola plus a bowl of sugary cereal. "Sugar consumption and obesity have been closely linked," they remind us. According to the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, just under 40% of adults in the U.S. have obesity, which is well-known as a condition connected to serious health problems such as heart disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 15, 2021</p> 99c0632fac0e19964b2547090d33ffbf Finding a New Way to Look at the New Year for 01/08/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/01/21/finding-a-new-way-to-look-at-the-new-year Fri, 08 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This is not a piece about New Year's resolutions. It seems too raw and unpredictable a moment for that. Consider, for a moment, from where and what we are emerging. It is now being described by experts as a lost year. "In a way, Covid-19 behaved like a thief, stealing precious time that may be lost forever," writes NBC Health reporters Daniel Arkin, Caitlin Fichtel and Shamar Walters in a year-end summary report. A year that seems as if it was played out to the swaying pendulum of a grandfather clock, shifting relentlessly back and forth from moments of fear to frustration to gratitude to grief.</p> <p>After nearly a year of lockdowns, restrictions and social distancing, the rollout of vaccines around the world signals the start of what The New York Times describes as "a hopeful chapter" where imagining an "after time" now seems possible. Yet we are, in the words of NBC, still "stuck in time," in a coronavirus pandemic that is far from over. With so many people still hurting, and the fact that any of us could be the next to fall, maybe it is a time to look at resolutions in a different way. Maybe it is a time less fitting for a resolution than for a reevaluation.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">"For the coming year, I will refocus my resolutions more on how I can be a better neighbor, citizen and contributor to society," writes Andrea K. McDaniels of The Baltimore Sun in a commentary on a new way of looking at New Year's resolutions. "Less on me and more on others."</span><p>Updated: Fri Jan 08, 2021</p> 6aa80156d7fd154348124a47f0ffda51 A Small Piece That Might Fit a 2021 Wellness Journey for 01/01/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/12/20/a-small-piece-that-might-fit-a-2021-wellness-journey Fri, 01 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Congratulations. Susanna Schrobsdorff, an editor at large for Time magazine, recently noted that, as we face the new year, we have just made it through literally the darkest month of the year. In the USA and some other areas in the Northern Hemisphere, Dec. 21 signals the winter solstice. For the past six months, the days have grown shorter and the nights have grown longer. What distinguishes the solstice this year &#8212; in this "darkest of years" &#8212; is that we now find ourselves at what Schrobsdorff calls both "a celestial and medical tipping point."</p> <p>From this past Tuesday on in the Northern Hemisphere, instead of losing daylight, every day will get a few seconds more. "The (COVID) vaccines are a little like those extra minutes of daylight: an incremental, cumulative victory, not an instant one. ... every time someone gets the vaccine, there's another pinprick of light," says Schrobsdorff.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 01, 2021</p>