Thursday, January 7, 2021

How to Increase Your Productivity

 Have there been days that you feel you have been non-productive? Have you used quality management? Possibly there are days that you tried hard, but because unforeseen issues you still feel unproductive. There are steps and tips that may help you become more productive.


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14 tips are as follows:


1. Time of Day

If it is possible discover if you work better during the morning or evening hours. Some people are not morning people. I recall my husband was basically a second shift worker. He attempted first shift and seemingly could never wake up on time and was sluggish during the mornings. He eventually switched back to 2nd shift. To my surprise one of our children was basically the same way. I even recall when she was a baby he would come home after 2nd shift and just talk with her. She seemingly knew when he was coming home and would be awake. She did not cry or fuss, but just looked and listen. Now everyone does not have the luxury to choose when they will work, but if you do take advantage of it.

2. To Do List

Now it is not enough to have a to-do list. The list needs to be managed and updated frequently. The list needs to be flexible so changes can me made when necessary. Also, remember Rome was not built in a day. Do not try to run a sprint. Possible some things on your list may be done at another time on another day.

3. Prioritize

There may be some things on your list that you want or need to be done before others. You decide which is most important and which is least important. Remember as long as you live you will be making choices. If you have 2 things listed as top priority you will have to make a choice as to which one will be done first. Life is about choices. The choices you make are very important because they could affect the rest of your life.

4. Paperless

Consider ways that you could go paperless. Less paper less clutter. You may consider throwing a bill away once you have written the check for it and the check has cleared the bank. You may not pay all of your bills online, but you might consider paying some of them online. Technology is increasing everyday. Paying online and even shopping online has become so easy and so quick.  Also when you pay online you save an envelope and postage. Most banks and Credit Unions offer free online bill paying.

5. Magazines

Do you save magazines? You might consider throwing a magazine out once you have read it. What about books. With the new technology audiobooks are online and it is so much easier to read a book from your cellphone or your iPad.

6. Goals

Set realistic goals. Determine when you want them met. It is not enough to just set goals, but you need to review them to see what changes you might want to make.

7. Bits and Pieces

Do not try to do everything all at once; Rather take frequent breaks. Take time to stretch in between. Take time to rest your eyes. Remember you may feel like a “lean green machine,” but your body may not. Your body may need to rest.

8. Multitasking

Although in the past there have been those that promoted multi-tasking, but multi-tasking is not for everyone. Sometimes you may just need to concentrate on one task at a time and give that all of your attention. You will need to do what works best for you.

9. Notes

Keep a pen and paper handy or you can make a memo in your cellphone. You may discover ideas that you do not want to forget. I usually just make a memo on my cellphone. For those of you that do not like to write “Siri.” is always available. You can speak your messages to “Siri” on your phone and this technology will automatically write it for you. Or you can record on your voice recorder on your cellphone. Isen’t technology wonderful. It is all about making it easier and faster for you you.

10. Time Management

Although we all are given 24 hours in a day, it is up to you how you manage your time. You want to manage it wisely. This is something that you do have control over to some degree. If you do not manage your time, it or other’s will manage it for you. You do not want that.

11. Intentional

Be intentional and focused on what it is that you want to accomplish. Keep your eye on the prize and always remember the big picture. You may not see it right away, but know that it is coming shortly.

12. Discipline

Self-discipline may not be easy for some, but it can be done. Change your way of thinking. Concentrate on the benefits and what is the end result that you desire. It might be hard in the beginning, but it will be worth it. Practice makes perfect. So what if you fail in the beginning, get right back up, dust yourself off and continue. Persistence will will win in the end.

13. Habit

Make time management a habit. There are bad habits and there are good ones. Being able to manage your time is a good habit to start. You always want to work smarter not harder. Have an awareness and be alert to opportunities to monitor your time. Always think about what you can do better. If you made a bad decision think of how you could do better should a similar circumstance come before you.

14. Perfection

I have learned through the years that no one is perfect. Romans 3:10. “None is righteous, no not one.”

You may strive for perfection. You may strive to be the best that you can be, but do not compare yourself to others because God may each and every one of us uniquely different. Some are good in one thing while others may be good at another.   What Time management tips do you take advantage of?


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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Let’s Laugh About It. . . Ha, ha, ha

Although the world is going through a Pandemic, laughter can be healing to the soul. Funny stuff does exist. Have you noticed how children can find humor in almost anything? Have you taken the time to find humor and laughter in your life?



                   
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I recall one day talking to my grandson. I do not even remember what we were talking about, but my grandson told me, “Granny you have a young spirit.” I had never really thought about it. Even though our bodies get older, our spirit stays alive.

Have you seen those that laugh at others? It is okay to laugh at a comedian or television show that is funny. It is not okay to laugh at another person at their expense when it hurts or humiliates them. That is one of the worst types of laughter there is. Possibly you have been laughed at. Hopefully people will learn to laugh together.

1. Power

Laughing is something that you may do and never take the time to think about the power of laughter. When you are laughing it sometimes can lighten the mood. Laughter can help healing, because it releases endorphins according to helpguide.org. They further state laughter can temporarily relieve pain. I would say that is a lot of power to relieve pain considering there are those that live in pain daily; thus laughter can leave the body relaxed up to 45 minutes. Just think of those that would love to be without pain for just a moment. Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.





2. Family

Family is so important. I have an older sister who is The First Lady at her church. She is still one of the funniest people I know. She always keeps me laughing. She can find humor in so many things. Now my baby sister is the same. She is just naturally funny. I recall when I was 8 months pregnant. My sister and sister-in-law wanted to go out dancing. They took me along with them. An Old friend asked me to dance while I still had my coat on. Later I took my coat off and as he passed by he stated, “I didn’t know you were pregnant.” My baby sister blurted out,” Man you didn’t see how big her stomach was?” We all laughed about it, because in reality, I was all stomach and was very much ready for this baby to come.


3. Television

Have you observed that even though some pictures are rated drama and action, there is still a lot of funny moments within the picture. Think about it.
Some of the characters in pictures are just naturally funny.

4. Dardnest Things

Kids do say the dardnest things. One 4-year-old kept passing gas. Finally the parent asked, “Do you think you might need to use the restroom?” She replied, “Yes.” So she went to the restroom and stayed there awhile. When she returned she stated, “I have some good news and I have some bad news.” “I tried to booboo, but it was only gas.”


5. Mother’s Day

I recall one Mother’s Day my Pastor saying Mother’s Day jokes before his sermon. They were funny and it did lighten the mood before his sermon.

6. Halloween

I recall my Uncle Bill during Halloween. I believe he loved it more than the children. When the children would come to our door trick or treating, he would greet them wearing a gorilla mask. The children would holler and run away. He thought that was so funny.

7. Dinner

I recalled my daughter during her teen years was making dinner for the family. The chicken was quite dark in fact it was black. I asked my daughter, “Did you burn the chicken?” Her reply with a straight face was, “ No mom that is a new recipe called “Blacken chicken.” We all laughed about it.


7. Organ Stimulate

Did you know that laughter stimulates the heart, lungs, and muscles? That is according to Mayo Clinic. They further add that it improves the immune system in that positive thoughts release neuropeptides that help fight stress and serious illness.

8. Laughing In Your Sleep

There have been times that I would awaken because I was laughing aloud in my sleep.  It has not happened often. Has this ever happened to you? According to medicalnewstoday.com laughing in your sleep is normal. They further found from one study that was done 33-44 % of a small sample of middle school children laughed in their sleep from the previous 6 months.

9. Laughter Yoga

Madan Kataria invented Yoga Therapy in 1995 according to qz.com. A serious of breathing and relaxing exercises. They further add that it has been found that fake laughter eventually became genuine and produced good feelings.

10. Different types of Laughter

There are various types of laughter. Have you noticed how others laugh? Some may have high-pitched nasal laughs while others may have deep laughs. Among the different types of laugh may include belly laughs, cachinnation laugh (loud laughter), sarcastic laugh, and cackel laugh (a loud laugh suggestive of a hen laying eggs. Do any of these laughs sound familiar to you? What type of laugh do you have? You may probably think of other types of laughs that you have heard.

11. Bloopers

I love watching the bloopers from movies. Occasionally they will show them at the end of the movie. These bloopers really make me laugh. Most of the time they are so funny that the actors within the scenes cannot help but laugh. Something about laughter is that sometimes there may be scenes that were not intentionally meant to be funny, but turned out to be very funny.  

Have you had a good laugh today?   If not, laugh now. . . ha, ha. ha . . .

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Bloggers Meet and Greet – Covid-19 During the New Year

This New Year will be like no other New Year. This New Year is occurring during the Caronavirus. Some things will be done differently than in the past.

                                    
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History:

Do you know when New Year’s Day was first celebrated? According to History.com the first New Year’s Day was celebrated on January 1 in 45 B.C. They further added the celebration fell out of practice during the Middle Ages because Caesar and Sosigenes failed to calculate the correct value for the Solar year as 265.242199 days, not 365.25 days. Also the church became aware of the problem and in 1570 Pope Gregory XIII commissioned Jesuit astronomer Christopher Calvius to come up with a new calendar, resulting in 1582 the Gregorian calendar which omitted 1- days for that year and establishing the new rule that only one of every 4 centennial years should be a leap year. I have often wonder how leap year was established.

1. New York

In the past I loved watching the New Year’s Eve Ball drop in Times Square on television. According to fodors.com this year the event will be held virtually. So they will still celebrate the New Year, but instead of in person it will be virtually.

2. Auckland

According to fodors.com Auckland is going ahead with fireworks and celebrations this year. Auckland is in New Zealand. They further add that this country has managed COVID-19 very well. That is awesome to hear. I truly wish the United States could say the same. Various cities are handling the New Year’s differently.

3. A Few Things to Consider in the New Year


A. Will the event be indoors or outdoors?


B. How Long Will the Celebration Be?


C. Will There Be Shared Food?


D. Will There Be alcohol?


E. Will Everyone Be required to Wear a Mask?


4. Celebrating the New Year During Covid-19


According to connecticutchildrens.org., a few ways to celebrate the New Year virtually are as follows:


A. Toasting Each Other


B. Discuss future goals for 2021


C. Suggestion that children introduce dancing during the virtual celebrations


D. Have a Countdown to the ball drop


E. Show and Tell (Each person show an item that know one knows about)


4. Roof Top Party


According to elitedaily.com if your apartment has access to the roof possibly throwing a rooftop party with just a few of your closest friends.

5. Church

In the past several churches would have a New Year’s Eve gathering. This Year because of Covid-19 that might not occur, unless some churches choose to do so online. Who would have imagined in 2019 that churches would be shutdown temporarily and service would be online? Technology has allowed many churches and businesses to still function online.

6. Resolutions

To those of you that make resolutions each year, possibly you may want to meet online with family members and friends and share your New Year’s resolutions.

7. Businesses in the New Year

It is very sad that many businesses have had to close because of Covid-19. Many small businesses I am sure started their own business in order to take control of the direction of their lives and livelihood. No one could have foreseen this Pandemic. Some businesses have gotten creative and offered take-out service as an alternative. Just as individuals have become creative businesses will need to attempt to do so also.

8. Layoffs

Because of the Pandemic there are many that have been layed-off work. This New Year is so much different than last year. There may be those that want to work, but because of the Pandemic are unable to work. So many have had not choice but to rely on unemployment. Many are doing the best that they can just to survive.

9. Schooling

Schooling is definitely different this year. Many children are learning remotely. Some of those children are falling behind, because remote learning is not for everyone, especially for the younger children.

I do believe this New Norm during Caronavirus will past even though we don’t know when it will happen. According to wgu.ed there may be times that the students have problem with the internet.

They further add that when working online you can have more flexibility. So although in the past the in classroom teaching was the norm, everyone is doing the best that they can to learn remotely. This is the best that we have for now. Students and people are resilient. There was a time that the internet did not exist, but just think of the many positive things that have come out of using the internet.

10. Nursing Homes

Since the Pandemic there were numerous outbreaks of the Pandemic in the nursing homes. There have been numerous deaths in the nursing homes. Many families are going into this New Year after the loss of their loved ones to Covid-19.

11. Dying Alone

During the Pandemic many family members and friends that were hospitalized died without family members being there in the room with them. I recall talking to a woman that shared her elderly mother died alone in the hospital. Even though her mother did not have covid-19 family members still were not aloud in the hospital to be with her. That is so saddening. This Pandemic is so terrible that these actions have been taken. This is a tragedy that many never saw coming. This too shall pass.

12. Front-line Workers

This New Year will be so different from front line workers. Many are already complaining of being exhausted and overwhelmed with so much death from the Pandemic. I recall listening on the television as one Nurse stating, “Her floor in the hospital feels like a war zone.” That has to be a terrible feeling. I cannot imagine. This New Year is different in that because of the Pandemic many nursing students were graduated early because of the need. In Closing I cannot say “thank you” enough to those on the front line during this Pandemic. Those on the front line that are selfless and giving of themselves to help others.


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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Merry Christmas from the Asphy Family

It is my prayer that everyone will have a blessed Christmas this year during the Caronavirus. This Christmas is different than Christmas in the past. We are living during a Pandemic. We are living History.


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Even though we are living during a Pandemic there are still things that we can find to be thankful for. Many have loss loved ones that will not be here for Christmas. I am thankful for family. During this pandemic you can feel comfort that you have family.


1. When was Jesus Christ born?

Although we celebrate Christmas on December 25th according to the Gregorian Calendar Christ was born on October 4,BCE (Before common era) according to antipas.net. They also noted that Christ was born 4BCE in the Jewish year 3758.

2. When was Christmas first recorded

Did you know that the first recorded Christmas celebration was in Rome December 25, 336 according to en.wikipedia.org.?

3. Faith and Prayer

Philippians 4:19, But my God shall supply all my need according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ.

I once listened to an audio tape where it was mentioned that there were those that said they were too busy too pray. Do you know anyone like that? Have you ever been too busy to pray? That is just too busy, considering there is no time to pray to the creator who created us. I recalled being displaced at work. Our entire department was interviewed (one by one) individually. During the interview I was offered a job with the new company in another state. I thanked him and refused stating I believed God would give me something here in my state and I added I was not too proud to work at McDonald's if I had to.

Then there was a second interview where I was offered to work for the company here without moving out of state, stating I would also receive a bonus of part of the company’s profit for helping with the conversion of various products. I accepted and little did I know I loved working for this company. They gave free lunches and free items throughout each month to all employees. Keep in mind I was heavily in debt even though I was already making very good money.

At the end of the year when I received my bonus. I was amazingly surprised. There was more than enough to get me completely out of debt plus there was some left over. So I am a witness that God has taken care of me. Why not share your testimony this year with someone about the goodness of Jesus and what he has done for you?

4. Retailers Making Money

According to statista.com in 2020 Christmas retail sales were forecast to grow to about 755.3 billion U.S. Dollars. They further add that a survey revealed that 41 percent of Millennial U.S. holiday shoppers planned on researching online before visiting a store in 2017. So even though we are in a pandemic there are those that are still spending money for Christmas even if the spending is online.

5. Christmas Tree

Do you have a Christmas Tree this year? According to History.com Germany started the Christmas tree tradition in the 16th Century as we know it. They added that devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes.

6. Christmas During the Caronavirus

You might want to consider Christmas shopping online as oppose to shopping in person. Because we are living during different times as opposed to how Christmas was last year. Many millennials already love to shop online even before the pandemic.

A. Travel

Unless it is absolutely necessary you might want to consider not traveling during the holiday.

B. Washing hands

Be mindful and wash your hands more than usual for at least 20 seconds. I recall before the pandemic a woman watching me in a public restroom while standing in  a long line. She made sure to let me know that even though I washed my hands, I did not wash my hands for 20 seconds. 

C. Clean and Disinfect

Clean and disinfect more than usual. Covid-19 can travel in various ways and can last

on certain surfaces. I love the clorox and Lysol wipes. At the beginning of the Pandemic they were sold out and difficult to find. Now they are slowly coming back into the market. They are simple and easy to use. I usually keep the wipes with me. You never know when you might need to use them.

D. Virtual Games

You may consider virtual games online or even watching virtual movies together. Have you observed that with the increased technology nearly everything is virtual? You can see a virtual doctor online. Meetings are even virtual.

E. Masks

If family outside of your home visits, they still should wear a mask to be considerate, because you do not know who they may have inadvertently came into contact with. Everyone may try to be careful which is good, but the way that Covid-19 spreads is different than past infectious diseases that we have had globally.

Have there been times that you forget to wear or bring a mask with you? Even though this is a horrific pandemic you still might forget. Possibly you might want to keep an extra mask in your coat pocket, jacket, or in your car as you travel.

F. Distancing

Remember to distance yourself during this pandemic. Remember that this Pandemic will not last forever. You can look at the Pandemic as temporary. Look at the discomfort as temporary. Remember it will not be like this always.

G. Hope

Have hope and remember to look forward at the big picture. Just recently a vaccine has been approved. Trust that this vaccine will help, because until this time the only help we had was masking, distancing, and ventilators. Remember even though this is a horrible pandemic we have had many pandemics before and our civilization did survive.

Note:

Finally, remember to be grateful and thankful for what you have rather than dwelling on what you do not have.


I know that I am grateful and thankful.


What are you grateful for this Christmas?


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Hebrew Calendar-For Jewish Year 3758-BCE4 to BCE 3

 

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Christmas Trees from Germany

 

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Benefits of Wearing a Mask

Although there are those that believe wearing a mask during this Caronavirus does not help. I am sure that those on the front line as well as scientists would surely differ. There are benefits to wearing a mask during this Pandemic.


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1. What is a Pandemic?

According to cdc.gov. The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global health threat. Pandemics have existed and occurred over many years.

2. Types of Pandemics

There have been various types of Pandemics, but when they occurred more than thousands of people perished. According to infoplease.com the Bubonic Plague first recorded case was in China in 224 B.C.E. They also added that an epidemic is when there is a sudden increase in cases, but a Pandemic occurs when the disease then spreads across several countries affecting a large number of people. When you look back through history, you will see numerous pandemics that have occurred sometimes 75-100 year span. Each pandemic being slightly different, but still killing over thousands of people.

A theme that has prevailed through many of them is that mask wearing does help, especially when a vaccine has not been created and that takes time also, because scientists do not know enough about each particular pandemic.

3. Strains of COVID-19

Did you know that there are several strains of COVID-19? According to WedMD.com there are 7 strains of COVID-19. So this Pandemic is quite complex. It is not something simple.


Lets look at some of the benefits of wearing a mask:


4. Asymptomatic Spreading

Because there may be people that have Covid-19 and are walking and talking just fine, they could still spread this infectious disease to others that might be more vulnerable to the disease. An Asymptomatic person could spread it when they talk or cough. Wearing a mask will reduce the spread of this. The strange thing is that you cannot just look at a person and see whether they have it or not. It is an invisible enemy that kills and destroys sometimes rapidly.

5. Win/Win

By wearing a mask you protect yourself and protect others that you may come in contact with.

6. Hospital Population

Because of the fact that this Caronavirus is spreading so rapidly, wearing a mask will help to not overload the hospitals.   Some of the hospitals in some state are overloaded.  At one time there were not enough rooms nor ventilators for patients. That is a loosing situation.

7. Respect

It shows respect for the front line workers who are risking their lives on a daily basis to save COVID-19 patients. Note: Some of these front-line workers also contract COVID-19 and do die as a result. Think of the hardship on their families. Some families left without a mother or father.

8. Solution

Wearing a mask shows that you are part of the solution to the problem. It shows that you are doing your part. You can feel good that you are part of the solution. Everyone can do their part.

9. Selfless

You can be selfless meaning you are not necessarily thinking of yourself, but that you are thinking of others. Do I like wearing a mask? “No.” But will I wear my mask? “Yes.” I will wear my mask because I know that it is not about me, but about humanity.

10. Saving Life

Life is precious. Wearing a mask could make the difference of saving a mother, father, sister, brother, cousin, uncle or aunt. It is just that simple.

11. The Big Picture

Possibly some do not see the big picture. I observed when the beaches were open young people stating they wanted to live their lives and have fun. Everyone wants to live their lives, but if your dead sooner than need be you don’t have a life to live. Will it be like this always? I believe that it will not be this way always. I can see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. How long will it be? That is a question I do not know the answer too.

12. Long-Term Effects

When Flint first experience the lead poisoning in 2014, know one knows how long the effects from it will last. It is now 2020 and we have no idea of the long-term permanent damage that was done to our babies, but we are not giving up. We are striving daily to move forward. We are still using bottled water. We still have long lines when picking up bottled water. Yes it feels like a 3rd world county, the difference is that we wait in our cars in line as oppose to walking miles and then standing in line. There is still distrust of the government. That still exists. There are houses still that do not have their lead pipes removed. So besides the Covid-19 Pandemic we are still dealing with the water issues in 2020. The damage has been long lasting.

Are there residual effects from this COVID-19? I have listened on television to those that are survivors of COVID-19 that they still have physical problems to their bodies. So Covid-19 leaves a nasty effect on individuals.

According to CDC. Gov survivors of COVID-19 still may experience symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, joint pain, chest pain, headache, depression, intermittent fever, dermatological rash, hair loss renal, acute kidney failure, and much more that may last up to several weeks or months. There is still so much that is unknown about this infectious disease.

Thank God a vaccine has finally been made available, but this is just recent. The Covid-19 has been running rampant since 2019. The residual residue that survivors may endure after Covid-19 is nothing to play with. It is real and it is serious.

I will do my part to wear a mask and even go a step further to be sure to social distance. Thank you again to front-line workers and thank you to the meals on wheels that deliver meals to those residents that are unable to get out to get food.


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Friday, December 4, 2020

Living During the Caronavirus Pandemic

What is normal. There are those that are saying they will be glad when we are back to normal living. Living during this Pandemic is and has been challenging for all. There is still hope.

                                                            

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                                                ***Thankful***



1. Wear a Mask and Gloves

There has been great emphasis on wearing a mask. Even though scientist and past history has proven that wearing a mask does reduce the risk of Caronavirus, there are those that are still in denial and refuse to wear a mask. In the beginning of the Pandemic there were many defiant people that flocked to the beaches and refused to wear masks only to to discover that many of them would catch the Caronavirus. This is sad because it made me think about those that saw Jesus and His miracles and still did not believe that he was Jesus. Still today there are nonbelievers in Jesus.

I have seen some wearing gloves also. As for me I will wear a mask. Caronavirus is described as an Infectious Disease. Sadly there are those that do not realize that you can be walking around feeling and looking fine and be a carrier of the Covid-19. They may not get sick, but they have the potential unknowingly to give it to unsuspecting others. That is why it is important to get tested.

2. Getting Tested

The Caronavirus is not just limited to the United States. This virus came from China and it is now all over the world. So the United States is not alone during this Pandemic. There are testing sites all over, but some areas only have a few testing sites and there may be long lines to get tested.


I am thankful for Governor Whitmer of Michigan, because we have several testing sites in and near Flint. Thank God we do not have to wait in long lines to get free testing. Flint has testing sites at New Macedonia Baptist Church, G-5443 Saginaw St. Flint, Mi 48505, Monday, Friday, and Saturday 10am to 3 pm. Saliva testing is done for all ages, no insurance required, no doctor orders and it is free. Do not eat, drink,chew gum, or use tobacco 30 minutes prior to your visit. On demand translation is available. No ID required. Appointments are urged but not required as walk-ins are accepted. Another free site is new Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 N. Ballenger Hwy, Flint, Mi 48504, Tuesday-Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm and Thursday from 1pm-7pm. They do Saliva testing. You can receive your results by email or phone within 3 days.

3. Saliva Testing

I was tested. I like that the testing was very well organized. The site has the capacity to test up to 15 people at one time. I like this for those that have several family members. They emphasized social distancing and you self-administer the test. Your name and email information and phone number is entered into a computer. You are then seated. When several people have been seated you are given your swab container and given instructions. You swab the right inside of your cheek, then the left, then under and top of your tongue. You then hold the swab in your mouth for several seconds or minutes ( I did not time it). After that you are told to swab each inside cheek in the saliva again and then put the cap on your own saliva swab which the instructor then collects it. I like that the site I went to was very professional and well organized. I received my test results by email within 2 days. I was happy that this was so quick.

Now someone mentioned that some nasal testing where the swab was inserted too far up the nose. I believe some of the nasal tests are self-administered so you have a little more control over how far the swab goes up the nose. According to wbz.org., saliva testing is just as accurate as nasal swabs or even better and less evasive. They further added that Chicago had started free saliva testing.

4. Virtual and Remote Learning

Although remote learning may not be for all, students are learning remotely. Just think if we did not have this technology. Families have had to rearrange their lives during this Pandemic. Remote learning can be difficult for younger children. My grandchildren are teenagers and they love the remote learning, because they can do it without leaving their home.

5. Doctor Office, Dental Office, and Eye Appointments

Offices appointments have now changed. Some offices require you to sit in your car until it is time for your appointment. You are then called into the office. Other offices there was a time when the office would be full now your seating is distanced at least 6 feet apart and you are required to wear a mask.

6. Hospitals

You are definitely required to wear a mask in the hospital and there are instructions at the lobby desk to line up 6 feet apart. The sad thing about covid patients is that you cannot visit them. I recall talking to a friend that said even though her mother did not have covid and was hospitalized no one was allowed in the hospital at the outbreak of Covid. She sadly sad that her mother died alone. I felt the disparity in her tone as she told me the story. That is how serious this infectious disease is.

7. Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands is very important to get rid of germs. I recall before the Caronavirus my Pastor announced he would not be shaking hands, because he had seen men use the restroom and not wash their hands. That says a lot because it is not only the men, I have seen women not washing their hands in the rest room. So many are just doing fist bumps or waving now.

8. Postal Service

Service may not be as swift as it was in the past. This is something that you may have taken for granted. There were some days that I did not receive mail for 2 or 3 days. I have noticed that some days the mail would be delivered on Sundays. I was thankful for that.

9. Gratitude

I have learned that during this trying time this is a good time to show and express gratitude. It could be worse.

10. Creativeness

I am thankful that God gives me creativeness in my spirit. Because of the Pandemic Americans have become quite creative in order to survive. We are survivors. In time this Pandemic will be History. We are living History.


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