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My Pitch For Time’s Cover Of the Year: The Mask

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Below is a portion of the transcript from my podcast on Time Magazine’s Cover nominees! (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/42220499)

TRANSCRIPT:

Who had the most important influence in 2020? Time Magazine is all about influence. To me, that influence is none other than that little object, that little, two word object that has stricken this country with debate on either side, I’m talking about the surgical mask. I’m talking about the mask. If you wanted to pick out one of the most powerful things or people or objects of 2020, I would slap a mask on that cover and leave it at that.

By putting the mask on the cover, it would effectively say we still need to wear them. It would also acknowledge how much of an influence that little mask has had somewhere down the line. We started to politicize a surgical mask that our fine health workers use day in and day out in the COVID suites across the country. A surgical mask that really could allow you to do everything you wanted. We cannot deny that a healthy environment is one where we are currently masked up. I do not want it to be permanent, but I also do think those who choose not to wear it, especially in tight quarters are not too bright.

What this mask meant had the biggest influence in 2020. For instance, you were shamed if you didn’t wear a mask. You were called a Trump supporter, even though you may not have been. You were called defiant and everything like that. Of course, President Trump didn’t really wear that mask. He got COVID after making fun of Joe Biden for wearing the mask. It wasn’t just on that grander stage, we’d see videos of customers at Costco and other places yelling. They didn’t want to wear the, you know, stinking mask causing a ruckus. I saw a store take away a purchase from someone refusing the right, which they legally can because the store policy was to wear the mask.

I don’t agree with the idea that if we go along with it, we are sheep. I think we’re just being smart. If we wear the mask, I don’t agree that if we wear the mask, we’re letting them take over control. We’re being smart. It has nothing to do with control. I could see the other side too, about Liberty, about requiring. Why should we be required? Why should be we be mandated (in) America? America doesn’t mandate! (Wearing or not wearing the mask) is personal choice, that is personal freedom.

220,000 plus deaths later, and a pandemic still on the rise. There is more evidence by the day that wearing a mask, at least in crowded situations is worth it. It should be required.

Remember what the original premise of the mask was. The original premise of the mask was if you could not maintain six feet or more distance.

The question really does become how did it go from that original basis? That original executive order law, whatever you want to call it to, you must wear a mask all the time. Or if you don’t, you’re part of the problem. I don’t understand the correlation between telling us the original intent of the mask and moving the goalposts on it to shame people. I still don’t to this day on November 28th, understand that goal-posting. posting going on there Cause Varela wins. If are at least six feet away. You should be within your right not to wear the mask.

Time is such an influential magazine to this day. I mean, people literally are betting on the time person of the year. Physically. I hope they really do pick up a doctor, a first responder or a health worker. I think they deserve all the praise the world, as I said before, more so than the armchairs, if you will, deserve. I’m talking on the ground doctors that we need to recognize, right this very minute and time and place, if they were being acknowledged and honored, that would be amazing.

There was no good influential leader that we thought should deserve it. Put the mask on the cover as our year ender to bring awareness, to bring about the story of what the mask did to this country, the shaming it brought. The death it brought by not wearing it. It’s only sensible Time puts that on its cover To send a message and then send a powerful recap of how vital that mask is.

No leader. Let me say that again. No leader, not even president Trump, deserves to be on that Time Magazine cover. Save that space for the mask detailing why the mask is so influential in today’s world. We must function with it. And we must accept that we need it.

A Thanksgiving Unlike Any Other

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving 2020 will be unlike any other, and I pray we can keep that same spirit of this day, even from afar. Thank you firstly to God for allowing millions to see this day across the country, in a year we never knew what would happen after the month of March!

I’m very excited to report that Zoom will be offering FREE hours for families that cannot be alongside each other during this pandemic. (https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360052451852-Free-meetings-on-Thanksgiving-Day)

Every year we all post the turkey dinner table, we snap family pictures and we show people US, how WE celebrate this amazing American tradition. This year, I’d like to dedicate my Thanksgiving to the Them.

Who is the Them? Simply put, the Them are those that have gone before us tragically amidst this pandemic. The dinner table will be somber for households across the country this Thanksgiving. For those who have been fortunate enough not to lose someone to this virus, let’s not forget about the hurting families this Thanksgiving, but enjoy the day alongside them even if it is virtually. I pray families who have lost loved ones due to COVID live this holiday in their memory and carry on their legacy, and still find a way to enjoy this day.

The Them also include our healthcare workers. We always talk about how great it is we banged the pots and pans in honor of our healthcare heroes at 7 P EST across the country working hard to fight this pandemic. Yet, they have yet to (I believe ) have hazard pay for their hard work. I pray these heroes finally do get that pay, and get to feel how truly thankful this nation is for their unrelenting work against COVID-19. At the Thanksgiving Dinner table, you’ll also have COVID success stories because of these amazing nurses and doctors who risk it all each and every day to help those infected. If you’d like to pitch in and show your gratitude, I implore you to check out the Brave of Heart Fund. It’s a fund started up by New York Life and Cigna to support families of healthcare heroes. (https://www.braveofheartfund.com/)

Every year, we also honor our veterans who cannot be home for Thanksgiving. Thank you always to the brave men and women who enter the military and defend our country and what it stands for! When we in America get to have our meal, let’s think of those who cannot be with their families because they are protecting our country ! Something really to be thankful for this year, is that Newsweek acknowledged and noted President Trump is the first President since Jimmy Carter not to enter us into a new conflict. (https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-first-president-since-jimmy-carter-not-enter-us-troops-new-conflict-1549037)

To the NYPD securing our city for a downsized parade, thanks for always keeping our city safe! To Macy’s and the organizers making today’s parade possible, thank you for continuing the entertainment each of have grown up with even during strenuous times. To Broadway, I’m very excited to hear that you will be having a compilation of shows in today’s parade! I feel that New Yorkers stand by you in your efforts to stay alive during the pandemic!

Just because many do stop and honor today, does not mean essential workers get to do the same. If you have to get last-minute food or supplies at your grocery store, give these workers an easy day by simply wearing your mask in the store. By simply saying ‘Thank You’ and showing gratitude that these essential workers have helped keep that local grocery store or retail store open amidst this year.

America, we can do this! We can continue to show our love and support and gratitude on this day for those who have helped make this day possible amidst a pandemic. Say Thank You today and each and every day! Happy Thanksgiving!

Is It Patriotic To Wear a Mask?

I pray that we can actually see each other’s faces with no danger in the coming months . I pray we can become mask-less. It’s a tall task right now, but we can get there . I have revived this weekend piece because Vice President Mike Pence is now on camera not wearing a mask at the Mayo Clinic ! How crazy is that!

Having worn a mask this week , I have actually felt quite free. It gives a sense of ability to move around in this time of pandemic while still protecting each other. I have the belief that wearing masks at this time is in fact a patriotic action. Protecting each other is patriotic!

There is a reason why PPE has become a huge need. PPE for healthcare workers is still needed! This equipment for our healthcare workers include masks and N95 masks. Don’t hoard them if you have excess, give them to local hospitals that need it! This continues to be a struggle . In fact, if you’d like to donate this article by Rachel Holliday-Smith at THECITYNY is useful! (https://thecity.nyc/2020/03/how-can-i-donate-supplies-to-new-york-hospitals-in-need.html)

Masks could arguably be the way we jumpstart the economy again, having people who are healthy get back to work safely! It just makes sense! I discussed this idea with Dr. Dennis Duerrelle on Spreaker! (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/26044604)

For me, I feel wearing a mask is giving protection back to the world that I received as a baby. While I was a NICU baby in the isolate , there were tons of doctors and nurses wearing masks to protect the little ones around the unit! Moms and dads and family also had to wear those masks to protect the fragile immune systems of all of us in there. That is why I’m at peace with wearing masks today!

The fact I am at peace with wearing a mask is amusing. The person writing this used to be TERRIFIED of masked characters . I would freak out every time I’d see Mets mascot Mr. Met. I freaked out backstage at Cats The Musical with the face painting. It took years to be OK with costumed characters.

Now the only terror of masks I have is not who is wearing them, it’s the fact of requiring them. We don’t live in a society where we should be required to do anything. Being locked down is the biggest example. So to continue the requirement for everyone may not be ideal. For now, however , it is patriotic!

 

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Laying Down the Palms For Our Lord And First Responders

Well, here we are. Another day in quarantine in New York City, and yet the sun is shining so bright! I’ve always loved this time of year because of the smells, the sights, and the idea of rebirth! Sure, baseball should be up and running at this time, but today feels bigger than sports.

Today, Palm Sunday kicks off Holy Week, which leads to Easter Sunday! While we are used to standing outside our church during the blessing of the palms, this year is no doubt different.

We may be social distancing from each other out of safety, but God is not social distancing from us. I genuinely feel that, and I hope you do too! It is eerie not to be able to hold the palms in my hands this year outside Church of the Holy Family on E. 47th street in NYC with my dad. To process this change, I’ve realized we still can lay the palms down for Christ in our hearts and minds as He enters this tumultuous time to guide us through.

What I would also love to see this Palm Sunday is somehow, someway, laying the palms down at ER entrances across the country. They should be laid down in honor of the suffering and the hardworking doctors and healthcare workers working to defeat COVID-19. What these healthcare workers are doing around the clock is Christ-like, wouldn’t you agree?

Having been in the care of loving doctors and nurses at the beginning of life in the NICU, I have always thought that the healthcare system is a creation of God, too! While we can debate about how healthcare should be run, ultimately, I believe it is God who puts on this Earth, people with care-giving, problem-solving through medicinal creations, and healing skill-sets that can get the sick through a crisis. Medicine, created by those doing good, is, therefore, a blessing from God, and we should never turn away from solutions that can heal the sick.

To lay palms at the feet of healthcare workers, then, makes sense! If not this year, perhaps, as a friend recommends, a tradition can start next year to lay palms at the entrances of ER’s around the country in a show of appreciation.

This year, however, let’s show them, love, through the 7 PM cheers, and the everlasting prayers we continue to have for our first-responders and those who suffer, and mentally lay down the palms this season.

Have a blessed Palm Sunday!