I come from a long line of optimists, my great-grandmother born in the late 1800’s, chief among them. Like her or, perhaps, because of her I am genetically predisposed to look for the silver lining even amidst the panic of a pandemic, keenly aware we are all just a point in time. Amidst the relentless assault of bad news, there have been extraordinary and emotionally overwhelming acts of selflessness and kindness. There are good things that have come out of all this. In fact, for the first time in my adult life, I have stopped long enough to rediscover and process my world. I’ve discovered the beauty of songbirds welcoming Spring and the pale green canvas of tree-tops outside my window. I’ve discovered the joy of rose-colored light waking me each morning and the anticipation of light changing in the afternoon, bringing neighbors to their windows and onto their balconies — cheering, banging pots, waving and playing instruments to honor frontline workers. Everyday at 7pm. Rain or shine. A release of energy. An escape from quarantine. Strangers no longer. In a world where we constantly fill our schedules to capacity, the ability to share cocktails over Zoom has enabled me
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