We are well into Corona time and that means that we’ve all gotten used to preparing to not go out into crowded spaces, like grocery stores, for…well, as long as possible. For some of us, the strictness of this has lightened up. For others, like me, we remain in quasi-isolation, keeping to our family units and homes as much as possible. In some places, isolation is just as established as it was in April with no end in sight. But I’ve actually taken to isolation with an enthusiasm that surprised me. The desire to keep my family away from harm has turned me into an enthusiastic Prepper. I should say that I am normally the least neurotic person I know when it comes to health issues…or even the news. I know everything that is happening to my Boston Red Sox baseball team, but that’s about as far as it goes. But this virus has me as worried as a guy like me can be, mostly because I’m a father. It’s not that I actually think that I, or my immediate

A Walk in the Park

In an interview on March 31, 2019, about 13 months ago, Howard Bloom told our readers that as a board member of the National Space Society, he, his friend, Buzz Aldrin, and others, were planning a 50th anniversary celebration of one of America’s greatest achievements, the Apollo 11 moon landing. “A key aspect of what I’m up to,” he said, “is giving America a positive vision of its future. I’d like to brainstorm America’s next big leaps.” As detailed in our article accompanying the interview, Bloom is one of America’s most brilliantly diverse and accomplished thinkers. Thus, we thought it imperative to check back in with him at this most dire of times in America’s history. Following are his thoughts about COVID-19 and other important topics. On Brooklyn Pond After growing up in Buffalo NY, which Bloom labels, “an accident,” he moved to Brooklyn in 1964 and still calls the gentrified New York City borough home today. This just happens to be ‘ground zero’ for the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic in America. When you consider the financial crisis in

Wine, Music & COVID-19

Mindi Abair on Making the best of the pandemic with days of wine and music. Last year, we came to know the sounds of smooth jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and soul from Mindi Abair’s bone-shaking tour de force performances. We went on her journey as a saxophonist for American Idol, her tours of the Late Show circuits, and her collaborations with rock legends. Read more here. Albeit no amount of awards or abundance of artistic expression could have prepared anyone for the pandemic of 2020. We reached out to Abair recently to catch up. Under lockdown, like most of us, we wanted to reach out and get a glimpse of the world from her talented point of view. From recording new music to living her best wine club life, she remains extraordinary. Abair, currently in California, has had ten no.1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 Billboard spots, a Grammy nomination, and more. But no award could prepare anyone for the coronavirus. Abair began her lockdown early. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the statewide order to stay home

Stronger Through Adversity

A good dose of inspiration will have you uplifted and motivated, carrying you through troubled times like these. What do you do when you are used to living life on the edge and literally scaling the highest mountains, but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced you to stay put at home? You react appropriately. That’s according to Sean Swarner, the first cancer survivor to climb Mount Everest. While some people were bustling over toilet paper, fighting over bleach in the frontlines of grocery stores, and worrying about the stock market, Swarner encouraged people to keep a level head. “The toilet paper flying off the shelves isn’t the virus’s fault. It’s how we react to it,” he says. “It’s like anything that makes us anxious. It’s how you react to it. Not the actual thing itself.” A Slight Change Coronavirus has affected many lives globally, shuttering workplaces, halting public gatherings, and changing how we view school and education. Working from home has been the norm for Swarner even before COVID-19, but what he misses most is connecting with people at his keynote

COVID-19 Antibody Therapy Developed

Dr. James Crowe: A COVID-19 Antibody Therapy Developed by Vanderbilt Shows Promise in Neutralizing the Effects and Spread of the Virus At the forefront of battling the pandemic are men and women working diligently to find a cure for COVID-19. At Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, a team of researchers is on the leading edge of developing an antibody therapy to stem the spread of the virus until a vaccine becomes available. Dr. James Crowe, Director of Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, has led the team in researching and creating antibodies for deadly global viruses such as Ebola, HIV, influenza, and Zika. Now, their efforts are focused on developing antibodies that not only reduce the spread of COVID-19 but help prevent a person from contracting it. In the Midst of the Storm Throomers caught up with Dr. Crowe for an interview on his insights on the coronavirus and was surprised to learn how he and his wife, Lisa, fared during the onset of the pandemic while traveling abroad. Dr. Crowe recounts, “The pandemic has been pretty disruptive to the plans my wife

Rejuvenating the Immune System

Aubrey De Grey: Rejuvenating the Immune System of the Elderly Could Give Them a Fighting Chance Against Infectious Diseases Like Coronavirus. Like most of us, Aubrey de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist, has had his run-ins with coronavirus. His wife caught the virus in January while in China. A little later, his stepdaughter contracted the virus while in the United Kingdom. Both recovered, now de Grey is staying at home in the mountains of Silicon Valley with his supplies, pursuing his life’s work — the fight against aging. While de Grey believes that governments across the world are doing what they can to help slow the spread of the disease, there’s one thing they’re not talking about, and that’s aging. It has become clear that the elderly population, especially those with underlying conditions, are at an increased risk of contracting coronavirus. Because of this, de Grey has pushed his passion into overdrive to find the cure for aging. He wants us to think of the elderly who contract coronavirus as persons fighting at least two diseases: aging, COVID-19, as well as

COVID-19 Impact On The Pet Industry

Russell Gibbons: A Taste for Business in the Pet Industry Keeps His Company Afloat During the Coronavirus Shutdown Resilience Amidst the Storm In Australia, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense job losses, the capitulation of businesses, and the general destruction of wealth and capital, according to Russell Gibbons, owner, and CEO of Huds and Toke, a gourmet pet treat company in Queensland. His family-run company is one of the lucky ones. Although operations have slowed, orders continue to flow into the company. “As we are a manufacturer of foodstuffs, we are deemed an essential business, so the government hasn’t shut down our business or distribution channels. We can even make human food should the need arise, so they want people like us to remain open and operating!” says Gibbons. Take a moment and watch this short video to learn how Gibbons has taken his company onto the global stage … “Our government acted very early and very swiftly with extraordinary measures. Some said it was too extreme at the time; however, as a result, we as a country seem to be