President Donald Trump’s first trip to the Lehigh Valley since he announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2015 focused on his administration’s stepped-up efforts to produce more personal protection equipment for health care workers and others fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
I miss my grandmas sometimes. I was blessed to know two of them, at different times in my life. I learned a great deal from both of them.
Grandma Betty lived through the Great Depression, and both world wars, though she was a child during WWI. She taught me to sew and to bake. She had a pantry overstocked with canned goods and dry foods, a common thing for people who endured the food shortages during the Great Depression.
She and her late husband had owned a general store, and the big freezers from the store came to reside in her basement.
The state Health Department is coming under increased criticism for its bungled handling to the COVID-19 pandemic at nursing homes, Nearly 70 percent of all deaths in the state attributed to the coronavirus have occurred at these and other elder-care facilities.
Legislators and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro are weighing in, too. The situation has become so alarming that Shapiro last week announced his office has opened criminal investigations into several long-term facilities, although he did not indicate which are involved.
Like every other family in Bethlehem, we are doing school at home. Beyond the challenges of also working two jobs from home, getting James to do his schoolwork is an exercise in patience. Or frustration.
I quickly gave up trying to work with him in the afternoon after my day job ended for the day. It is the worst time of day for him. He has ADHD, and it makes doing any work with him challenging.
I finally did most of his work with him over the weekend, breaking it into five-minute sessions, spread an hour or more apart.
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