Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Mild Fear 2020: I'll try to be gentle

I wrote about this postcard in 2015, so it's OK that I'm presenting a Pixlr'd version here. 

I think we have enough happenings that are causing us fear, stress and anxiety in 2020, don't you? I've been occasionally curating the headlines of the day for posterity, and they're not really getting any better.1 Here are today's, for example:

  • Trump returns to White House, downplaying virus that hospitalized him and turned West Wing into a "ghost town"
  • Concern rises for White House residence staffers as their workplace emerges as a virus hot spot
  • For Secret Service, a New Question: Who Will Protect Them From President?
  • "An embarrassment": Trump tweet angers pandemic survivors
  • White House blocks FDA’s ramped up coronavirus vaccine guidelines
  • Colleges are cutting sports programs in the pandemic — upending the lives of athletes and coaches
  • LSU football to remove CDC wellness checks, resume alcohol sales at Tiger Stadium
  • CDC now says it CAN spread indoors
  • Cuomo orders closures in NYC as surge continues
  • Post-Pandemic "New Normal" Looks Awfully Authoritarian
  • Europe's Second Covid Wave Starts to Spill Over From Young to Old
  • Mexico reports record daily increase in cases, deaths
  • New Hurricane Threat Looms For Gulf Coast 

So, with this in mind, I'll try to veer toward a kindler, gentler and even milder Mild Fear 2020 — a Papergreat tradition since 2015. There are plenty of ways to enjoy Halloween Month, the greatest of all months, without (additional) unnecessary shocks and jolts. The one caveat would probably be dolls. If you're not a big fan of dolls, this might not be the 100% mildest of all possible Mild Fears. But other that, you should be OK. Probably. 

Honestly, the ghosts, goblins and grotesques are probably as distraught about 2020 as most of us are. I think this one from Ch√Ęteau de Blois in Loire Valley, France, sums up what we're feeling about 2020 quite nicely, don't you?

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