Last Rites: 2020

In these last hours of a challenging, exhausting pandemic year, what words need to be said?

For me, there were many days I had to ensure all my marbles were accounted for.

To wrap up the year, here are some lists:

New Vocabulary

  • Blursday
  • Contact tracing
  • COVID hair
  • Doomscrolling
  • Essential workers
  • Flatten the curve
  • Front-line workers
  • Hydroxychloroquine
  • N-95s
  • PPEs
  • Pod
  • Quarantini
  • Remote learning
  • Social distancing
  • Superspreader
  • Unprecedented
  • Zoom
  • Zoombombing
  • Zoomaholics
  • Zoom fatigue

Blu(From the article “Left Speechless? Let’s Review,” New York Times, Dec. 20, 2020, plus a few word of my own)

Temporary Shortages Due to High Demand (or Hoarding)

  • Flour & baking supplies
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sanitizer
  • Bleach
  • Bicycles
  • Lumber
  • Contractors (home repairs


A Good Year for…

  • Alcohol (beer, wine, etc.) sales
  • Amazon.com and other online retailers
  • Animal shelters
  • Car sales
  • Computers
  • Delivery services
  • Edibles
  • Home printers
  • Hulu, Netflix, other streaming
  • Manufacturers of takeout containers
  • Pets
  • Puzzles
  • Realtors
  • Therapists
  • Zoom

Synonyms for 45

  • lifelong media hound
  • conflict junkie
  • relentless solo act
  • operatic camera hog
  • celebrity-in-chief

(From the article “This Show Has Been Canceled,” NYTimes, Nov. 22, 2020)


Some Things To Applaud

  • Quiet skies ➛ better air quality
  • No traffic ➛ less stress, better air quality
  • No mass shootings in schools
  • Historic voter turnout despite the pandemic
  • End of the trump presidency show
  • Kamala Harris, the first woman of color U.S. Vice President
  • Increased awareness of the country’s systemic racism
  • Approval and distribution of the coronavirus vaccine
  • Remembering who and what we hold dear
This is what Leadership looks like

Wishing everyone a Happy, Safe, & Healthy New Year!

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