Sharon Nicola

Perspective: Despite COVID, I Had High Hopes

May 4, 2021
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High hopes! I had high hopes -- high apple pie in the sky hopes! I was going to go line dancing, learn how to play the ukulele, visit my granddaughter in California a couple of times (Toddlers grow so fast!), take a sailing cruise in Italy with a friend. After all, COVID-19 was little more than an annual flu -- from far, far away and would disappear, almost like a miracle. What? Me worry?

This has been a year of evolving information--a year replete with misinformation and disinformation. Our lifestyle will never be the same. There is no “normal” to return to.

Perspective: Good, Bad, Ugly

Apr 9, 2021

COVID-19:  The good, the bad, and the ugly!

The good news is I finally balanced my checkbook, updated my address book, and made out my will. 

My winter wardrobe has been pared down to 3 pairs of flannel pajamas and a pair of Uggs.  Since I didn’t “meal plan” as much as paw through the cupboards and graze through the fridge, let me just say, pajamas do lie.  Salvation Army and Goodwill got some good deals from me.

Perspective: Thoughts On Flag Day

Jun 14, 2020
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When my two sons were little boys, we lived in a very diverse Southern California community, where the local gas station displayed what was considered the largest American flag in the world.

My younger son Jordan was in preschool at the time and very proud of himself for knowing how to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Still learning the words, of course, he already knew the flag was a symbol of our country, that we needed to respect our country and our flag, that we took care of our things and the people around us because we are one nation, under God.

Perspective: Balcony Running

May 20, 2020
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We might not be able to do our regular binge shopping, meet up with friends at the local pub, or continue classes at the gym. But we can still keep ourselves healthy and fit.

Elisha Nochomovitz, age 32, living in a French suburb, showed us how.

On his balcony in Balma, he ran a 42.2 km. marathon at a slow and steady 6 hours, 48 minutes. Though nauseous and worried about the steady foot pounding his neighbors might object, he ran to make a point -- several, in fact.

Sharon Nicola

May 19, 2020

After a nearly 40-year career in school and public libraries, Sharon retired from Southern California to northern Illinois.  Many in the Midwest have asked, “Why?” 

She now lives happily with her rescue dog from Tails in a friendly Sycamore neighborhood and finds small-town life just wonderful! 

Perspective: Alone And In It Together

Apr 8, 2020
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Have you noticed how people passing no longer ask, “How are you?” Instead they gaze at the ground and measure off 6 feet to assure compliance with corona-lockdown.

We don’t comment about the weather: If it’s overcast, it deepens our dark mood. If it’s sunny, we regret that we can’t safely recreate outdoors.

The ubiquitous TV used to allay boredom is now boring, and reality TV shows are nowhere CLOSE to our current reality.

We’re all in this together…and alone.