Wearing face masks in Asia

A health official checks temperature of incoming passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand on 9 March 2020 (AFP) When Asia was in the thick of Covid-19, to not wear a mask in public was seen as inconsiderate. It's like how we might see others who fail to sneeze into their own sleeve if we're not …

I wanna wash my hands

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What is the Corona/Covid-19 virus really teaching us?

Someone has written a series of very reflective thoughts. Some have mistakenly attributed it to Bill Gates says the Independent newspaper (UK). Any way, it's still quite good and I'm sharing it here. I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being …

A prayer for those who have died

In the news, I heard a story about a spouse who could not leave the house to plan for her husband’s funeral.  There was also a doctor who worked in the same hospital where his father had died. The sad thing was she could not be with him due to mandatory quarantine so he died while …

Staying the course and staying at home

It felt eerie while driving through the city today. Everything in downtown was closed.  My favorite Starbucks was closed. Chairs and tables were stacked. My favorite Vietnamese restaurant was closed. The only stores open were grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, fast food joints for takeout or delivery, and hardware stores.  That’s the basic extent of …

Facing our fears and considering others

Vancouver man loading up at Costco profits 100k reselling Lysol sanitizer on Amazon. We worry about running short of food, toilet paper and basic human necessities.  It’s driven by fear and anxiety.  We worry, so we panic.  We panic, so we buy at insane prices. Hustlers know this. Therefore, there’s no need for panic-buying.  Just …

Pandemic reveals crisis in health care

Medical workers treat patients in the isolated intensive care unit at a hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Chinatopix via AP) The COVID-19 pandemic has shown me something about the health care system.  It is not ready to handle a crisis. No one was ready to prepare for what …

Love trumps our personal freedoms

I was thinking about who would most be against mandatory social distancing.  Human rights and social liberties advocates.  I don't think we'll be hearing much from them for the next few months. Don't get me wrong. I love my social freedoms and liberties. Freedom and liberties are something we value in the free world. Spring …

Coronavirus and racism: Where the virus came from

We need to stop the accusations about where the COVID-19 virus came from. The Communist regime of China (CCP) accused President Trump of racism because he called it a "Chinese virus." That is shocking. They knew full well the virus originated in China. The Chinese people knew this too and were very angry at the …

Pray for Italy

  The number of deaths due to covid-19 in Italy has now surpassed that of China. Hard to believe. This is one of the earliest nations where the Christian church had its origins, including the nations in the Asia Minor region (modern-day Turkey). May we pray for Italy and all the people who live in …

How soap kills coronavirus

And just a reminder of how another type of washing (this one without soap).   Photo taken from a friend, Daniel Wong. "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the …

Toilet paper alternatives

This whole Coronavirus outbreak is just depressing. The more I listen to the news, the more depressed I get. You've heard stores have been running out of toilet paper. https://media.giphy.com/media/143yVxZmpEPwYM/source.gif If you're close to nature and know what plants to look for, you won't be in the lurch if you know what to look for. …

Part 3 – Great Nations: Spiritual Foundations

South Koreans praying at Easter Service in Seoul, South Korea [ See related posts on Great Nations: Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3] It is interesting that Japan and Germany had been travelling on dangerous paths prior to the Second World War. People had been yearning for a great German nation. Japan was …

Part 2 – Great Nations: Rising from the East

Visitors check their phones behind a screen advertising facial recognition software during the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing on 27 April 2018 (from Telegraph) [ See related posts on Great Nations: Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3] There are new nations rising from the ashes. Undoubtedly, China is one, and South Korea …

What destroyed the dinosaurs?

Our family went to the science center last month. We saw dinosaurs and stuff. She asked me when they existed. Some say millions of years ago. How many millions? Not sure. Some also say thousands of years ago (recent findings of dinosaurs with skin, red blood cells and soft tissues still intact--not fossilized) (one site …