Feeling lonely? I think the emergence of COVID-19 cut off our gatherings and made our loneliness more apparent. I too became aware of my loneliness and its restrictions. For many elderly, their sense of loneliness was magnified when no one could visit them.
Highway billboards say much about a region. In Georgia, “The Peach State,” two giant signs declared “Only God and Donald Trump Can Save Our Country.” When entering Virginia, Joe Biden signs suddenly proliferated. Continue reading “Nembutsu Roadtrip Part 3 (Finale)”
Amid pandemic worries, we now are faced with another major challenge—social justice. The death of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis sparked protests that quickly spread throughout the country and the world. It’s just the latest incident in which African Americans have been unduly and at times viciously treated by law enforcement. Continue reading “Awakening to Social Justice”
I’d like to describe my first experience conducting an online memorial service.
During this time of pandemic and social distancing, I’m writing about this so people know their temples and ministers will do what they can to ensure a proper service for loved ones who pass away or have important memorial date services. Continue reading “Conducting a Memorial—Online”
A joke goes, “This person is dying! Is there a doctor here?” Someone steps forward and says: “I’m a doctor of philosophy. We’re all dying.”
Yes, the Covid-19 pandemic is bad, wreaking death and destruction to the world’s economies, creating urgent health care and human services challenges, for which, we’ve yet to find answers. This isn’t what I’m talking about. Continue reading “Death by Pandemic or Something Else”