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Back to school…One way or the other, it’ll happen

No matter what else we’re facing, the world keeps turning. Falling poinciana flowers keep staining car roofs. Eyes turn a bit more often to weather reports, just in case something is brewing in the Atlantic, Gulf or off the African coast. And yes, kids will be going back to school....

Dog bites: An unlikely COVID-19 concern

We have a new arrival at our house, our goldendoodle, Olivia. Lovable as she is, she goes beyond what my training in managing toddlers led me to expect. Yes, toddlers at times do jump and even bite, but our Olivia is literally and figuratively over the top in that...

OPINION:Infections, epidemics and pandemics in Hollywood

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: I am not a huge movie buff. Not only do I not have the patience to sit in a seat for two hours and watch something, but my husband's and my taste in films overlap very minimally — comedies and the rare musical...

No shirt, no shoes, what’s the risk? (Musings on COVID-19 transmission)

I don’t know whether it’s the relative lack of people or less wild weather (until recently, anyway), but the poincianas on our island have looked particularly resplendent in the last week or two.  Lately, however, they’ve been joined by some competition: sea-aqua posters all over town proclaiming in large letters:...

Finding a way back to school

Depending on how you define it, I regularly tune in to just one “reality” show: the one in which people race around the world. (I like the travelogue stuff.)  Several years ago, we were pleasantly surprised when the last leg of one season of the show took place in the...

Antibody Testing: Past, Present, Future

It seems as if the world has taken on Key West’s coconut telegraph mentality. This test. That treatment. These preventive measures. What does it all mean? And whom do we believe?  One of the problems: So much changes as our knowledge of COVID-19 expands that much of  what I could write today...

Help your homebound kids thrive

There’s actually someone in our house who’s loving this shelter-in-place directive: our cat, Sebastian. Not only does he get more lap time, but we were able to nip a flea issue in the bud and finally put together that self-cleaning litter box that was a Christmas present. Chores aside —...

Kids and stressful events

When life throws us a curveball — and right now, our planet is one big curveball — we need to make adjustments. We’ve all heightened our concerns about our health, our livelihood, our Keys way of life — even the ways we interact with each other both now and...

New developments in transgender youth care

When a world crisis of some sort enters everyone’s consciousness, it’s hard to remember that the world keeps turning. As long as people can talk, read, write and view — especially in this day and age — decisions are made. So whether you are hunkered down indoors for the...

Flouride in Water – The Invisible Additive

If we’re in any of the many fine Duval Street establishments, most of us will try and be prudent enough to keep an eye on our beverage. We’ll generally encounter people just like us, who might just want to have some relaxation and conversation. Surely, though, we’ve heard horror...

Preparing And Protecting Kids During Hurricane Season

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Actually, it’s been that time of year for a few weeks. But a few of us may have been a little complacent due to the relative lack of storm activity to date. We can only hope that the inactivity continues. But since...

That Chronic—ahem—Cough!

Since everyone is back to school this week, it’s worth reviewing how it usually goes, illness-wise. Everyone’s healthy for a few weeks after the start of school — long enough to get through, say, NFL Week Three. Then it starts: a hack here, a cough there, and before you...