(I took this photo while on the river in my boat). Life in Florida during the age of Covid continues. News from the Feiszli household since the last update:
I stepped in to teach a section of graduate choral literature for the University of Miami via Zoom for two weeks while a faculty member took emergency family leave. Fairly nerve-wracking since I a) did not have the main textbook, b) was following someone else’s syllabus, and c) had to design and administer four classes without blowing up the semester for this unfortunate professor. Fortunately it was early music and he gave me carte blanche to talk about Isaac or whatever. Students were great (and forgiving of my inexperience with Zoom technology). Maybe I created some Isaac converts.
Michelle went to South Dakota to visit the kids and her parents just after the Sturgis Bike Rally. She was home a whole six days before Rachel had a health scare and ended up in the emergency room. They ran a gazillion tests while Michelle got back on a plane and headed north. Making a long (and private) story short; Rachel and her cat are now in Florida with us. She intends to remain here and create a new life for herself. We will support her while she does so. Our little retirement home, which seemed so spacious a year ago, suddenly seems a little more crowded having added a (rapidly growing) dog, an adult daughter, and a fourth cat. Regardless, we are coping and Michelle and I will deal with it as we always have. We get up every morning thankful for what we have and where we are.
The good news is that the cats are beginning to tolerate the puppy. As he settles into adulthood (probably a year from now) , they’ll all be best friends.
I grow increasingly worried about the direction of this country. While Joe Biden was not my first choice to oppose Donald Trump, I have to support him as the best choice between catastrophe and something approximating decency. Trump’s presidency has been a disaster for the USA: a) its standing in the world – with my extensive contacts throughout the globe I have been made aware of how we are now viewed by our former allies and others, b) the divisions between haves and have-nots – the rich have gotten richer and the poor are more downtrodden than before. I see this with opened eyes as I now work a retail job that I (thankfully) do not work because I need the money, but work alongside those that do it as a necessity, c) the divisions between people of color and those who have been in power since the beginning – despite our country’s supposed dedication to equality and freedom.
“Private enterprise cannot be maintained in the age of democracy; it is conceivable only if the people have a sound idea of authority… Now we stand before the the last election, regardless of the outcome, there will be no retreat” If he did not win, he would stay in power “by other means … with other weapons.”
“By the beginning of February the Hitler government had banned … all meetings. …. the leader of the Catholic Trade Unions was beaten by Brownshirts when he attempted to address a meeting. Altogether, fifty-one anti-Nazis were listed as murdered during the electoral campaign…”