If patents aren’t suspended, the price may be too high for some.

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It’s not a matter of if there will be a COVID-19 vaccine, and its distribution is imminent. The question now is, do you live in a country that can pay for it?

If not, you may have a longer wait than others living in a more affluent one.

There are over 100 vaccines in development with several in Phase 3, or human trial phases, but Prizer and Moderna are the two leaders in the race. And Pfizer has applied for emergency distribution.

But the distribution comes at a cost, and he who coughs up the most money gets the prize. …

Being the first in line is going to be a tough decision.

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Like all things, the COVID-19 crisis will come to an end. That’s not to say that the virus will be completely irradicated, but with a vaccine, we will be able to resume the lives we had before March 2020.

To some extent.

But the promise of a safe and effective vaccine is being questioned, not only because Trump mishandled the pandemic, but from the fear that political consideration may have influenced the vaccine’s premature approval.

Nothing comes before money or power. Not even a pandemic.

In addition to the political considerations, there’s the fact that the process of developing the vaccine was expedited. Normally, there are several phases. But during a pandemic, the FDA can mandate “emergency use authorization” before the final formal approval. …

Take extra care when you’re staying overnight in someone’s home.

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When someone invites you into their home as an overnight guest, they are giving you the ultimate compliment. And showing a lot of trust.

They’re willing to spend an extended period with you and share their most intimate personal space: their homes. They’ve most likely gone through considerable preparations to make sure you have what you need to be as comfortable as possible.

You want to acknowledge their trust and effort and make your visit as enjoyable as possible for everyone.

Here are a few things to take into consideration.

Don’t Make Like a Fish.

Benjamin Franklin said that guests are like fish: after three days, they both begin to stink. …

Children learn more from watching you than you telling them.

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It’s that old “practice what you preach” saying. Another one is walking the talk.

We need to teach our kids good manners, and telling them is a great start. But if we, as parents or significant adults, do not model it, then our words mean nothing. You can ask them to say please and thank you, but let an f-bomb slip, and they’ll be the first to repeat it.

And it will most likely be at the worst time.

Aside from your child taking a tantrum in public, swearing is one of the worst things they do to embarrass us.

How do I know this? …

We need to move forward before it’s too late.

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The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz, is a jewel. It is simple, sparkling, and pure. Free of impediment.

Like anything simple, however, they are not easy to put into practice. They go against our conditioning, feelings of autonomy, self-importance, and the illusion that the world revolves around us.

Trust me; with or without us, the sun will rise and life will go on.

If we take time to practice these four agreements, our lives, and the United States could be a caring community instead of the snake pit it has become.

Let me explain.

First Agreement — Be Impeccable with Your Word

This means don’t lie, gossip, or use your words against anyone. Say what you mean, mean what you say, and say it with as much kindness as possible. …

The us against them has to stop.

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It’s been hell for the past four years. From the time Donald Trump swore on the Bible to uphold the United States Constitution, which he didn’t, it’s been one outrageous statement, Tweet, or comment, speech, after another.

And despite his illogical rants, almost half the country voted from him. What were they listening to exactly?

As a New Englander, I was enlivened by the idea of seceding from the United States and becoming part of Canada. But they don’t want us, and I don’t blame them. Now Trump supporters say they are going to leave the country.

I wonder where they’ll go. …

When we drop the excuses, we get down to our core.

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In my undergraduate years of college, one of my professors made a statement I will never forget.

“The first wheel and the first telephone are in a museum. But no one has ever found a use for the first excuse.”

It’s true. When it comes to completing an assignment or a project, the best excuse is just that—an excuse. A reason why it’s not done. And whoever is depending on us to complete that project doesn’t want the reason. They want the product.

All the excuses in the world won’t bring it to fruition.

The same applies to writing. I’m not holding myself up as an example because I’ve been stressed out and haven’t written as much as I should. I plowed through BYOB in August, wrote every day, and it felt great. …

One thing always leads to another.

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I stood in the mirror brushing my teeth and did the usual assessment of my bathroom. I hated it. I listened to the loud fan, observed the cheap paint that I had unwittingly purchased, and glared at the shoddily repaired crack in the plastic seashell sink.

How had the former owners lived like this for 12 years?

Stupid question. I’ve lived here for 10, but I think that’s my breaking point. COVID and being inside for long stretches of time have pushed me to do something I’ve been putting off for a long time: calling a contractor.

I finally got the name of a good one and he’s been picking up the new bathroom one piece at a time. Mind you, the tub will be regrouted; the toilet is fairly new and expensive, so they will not be replaced. …

Sometimes mindfulness can slow us down.

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COVID-19, the election, Black Lives Matter. Life is throwing a lot at us right now, and it’s more than I can tolerate without getting jittery.

And now, winter is coming. I’m going to be looking at my four walls, alone. Well, alone as far as human beings are concerned, and those four walls have needed work for a while now.

A sliding closet door that has deserted the track and hangs back. Walls that need to be painted, an outdated bathroom with a blaring fan, dirty grout, gold fixtures, and a sink with a shoddily repaired crack.

This is how I bought the place, but replacing leaking windows, adding color to the walls, and refinishing the wooden floors came first. I’ve needed to work on this stuff for a while, but I haven’t had good luck with contractors, so I decided to live with things as they are. …

Even if they’re not the one, you can have a good time.

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Congratulations! You got a date. Whether you were asked out or did the asking, it doesn’t matter. You’re in for an adventure, and hopefully, it will be a good one.

Even if they aren’t the one, there’s no reason you can’t have a good time. Or be friends without romance. We can all use more friends.

If you set out with the goal of treating this stranger as a friend, chances are you’ll have a good time. Unless of course, you’re a lousy friend. But let’s assume you’re not.

Dating is more casual these days, but being casual doesn’t mean being rude or inconsiderate. Opening doors and pulling out chairs for a woman are a good start, especially during first dates. And women need to be sensitive as well to her date’s feelings. …


Marilyn Regan

Marilyn is a writer, yogi, and spiritual medium. Her favorite people are animals, especially ones that meow. She loves the ocean and hates one-use plastic.

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