I rarely do two guests on one show, but this one is a doozy! Don’t miss Dr. Joseph Cardillo as he discusses his new book, “The 12 Rules of Attention” and the idea of introspection heading out of this pandemic !
Then stay with this episode as I welcome Paul N. Larsen to discuss the imposter syndrome and why we should celebrate it!
An inward look indeed as the weather gets warmer and we ADAPT to new CDC rules and regs with COVID-19 seemingly winding down!
This was a joyous moment! The whole process of being vaccinated was in a sense magical. Two weeks ago, I completed the final dose of Pfizer thanks to NYC Health and Hospitals+ ! Hence I am fully vaccinated! Or so I thought , I’ll get to that in a bit.
However, the walk-in process felt special and right now, walk-in appointments are available if you so desire to become vaccinated! (http://on.nyc.gov/walkupvax)
I utilize this platform to simply encourage , not judge you if you don’t want to get a vaccine due to health concerns and the news surrounding after-effects. Trust me, I was nervous of side-effects of vaccine two as well. I also don’t believe in threats against resuming society if not every person is vaccinated.
Not every person gets the flu vaccine, and they have that right , why not the right in this instance as well as COVID cases decline?
My journey of what I believed is considered fully vaccinated feels exciting moving forward. Will we really need a third shot? Will I get that third shot if so? Time will tell. For now, I’m excited to just get back to the ballyard for baseball this summer . Excited to roll around the city a little more carefree than before and just enjoy a BETTER normal in our city, NEW YORK CITY. Let’s bring it back baby!
I just hope that America is not held hostage by the idea of the vaccine. We have freedoms in this country and thank GOD we haven’t mandated legislatively this vaccine. Yet, the pressures told to us that we can’t get back to normal unless we all get vaccinated is such a pressure campaign, it disheartens me.
The Oscars had everyone vaccinated, but why aren’t these stars doing ANYTHING to ease the distrust some of America still has? The President and the VP got the vaccine on CAMERA, yet they too don’t encourage us to get the vaccine , only threatening us if we don’t get that shot in the arm!
So if pressuring and bullying is what our leaders will resort to, I say just let us live! Heck, let us be vaxxed if so desired and enjoy those benefits. But, most importantly let us be adults in the room, Americans CAN handle themselves!
On my latest podcast, I broke down the graphic above showing how just 25 PERCENT of NEW YORKERS are seeking employment ! This city, this state is much more driven than that, it’s up to local leaders and the media to instill confidence again!
Find out on my podcast why I say to New York City : LET’s GET GOING!
You wouldn’t know there were 100 million vaccines have been administered in America. Yet, President Biden said just that yesterday , but the urgency to open this country certainly is lacking .
In fact, the incredible insanity is the discussion of another lockdown ! What? Aren’t these vaccinations around to prevent another lockdown? To build an immune American again?
We see America reaching 100 million vaccines yet still being compared to places like Italy where cases are climbing again? What is the point of celebrating 100 million vaccines then? Just to say it?
As I said on my recent podcast, people will start asking why we still are at under 100% capacity if 100 million are now immune a year later? Where is the sense in that?
Our small businesses don’t have time to waste President Biden and NY Gov. Cuomo/ CA Gov. Newsom! They don’t! Americans cannot afford to wait for your decision of when to let us out from under your thumb . By waiting until June or July to ramp up to 100%, you effectively continue the death of America as we know it while celebrating 100 million vaccines given to Americans.
The CDC is continually shifting its guidelines, but the most I’ve seen is social distanced school openings and people who are vaccinated can congregate without wearing a mask. I haven’t seen anything else major they have done to move this country forward. I used to celebrate when the CDC relaxed guidelines, but now I say big whoop!
For nearly a year, I’ve also heard how much the science is telling us these measures have been necessary every step of the way, even the gradual reopenings. Vaccinations are the most progress made in this battle against COVID thanks to scientists working with Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca to develop these vaccines in rapid speed. Of course, the rapid speed is thanks to Operation Warpspeed, an initiative of former President Trump.
Yet, with all this progress , it appears we will continue to sit on our hands as a country and as a state even as the numbers of vaccinated rise. Should that pattern continue, I’ll really start asking ‘Now What, America?’
While I thank God I have made it a year in a pandemic, I really would be feeling God’s work was honored if nursing home deaths were held accountable.
We can all pat ourselves on the back for surviving a year, or we can fight for justice for the families of loved ones that were killed due to heinous policy.
When NYS Attorney General Letitia James released her findings on Governor Cuomo’s March 24th, 2020 directive to put COVID positive patients back into nursing homes, the Governor’s bright lights started to dim into the accusations of sexual assault. Yet, let’s not forget the AP and others reporting nearly 20k underreported nursing home deaths in New York State! The Cuomo cover – up is worse than Nixon in that it hid DEATH! This is a criminal offense and obstruction that has eyes at the FBI and DOJ investigating right now!
The other underreported injustice is the fight to be free from domestic abuses amidst the lockdown. According to the IndexJournal reporting, the CDC, the very agency telling us how important and safe lockdowns would be, also reported that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced domestic abuse . (IndexJournal). This disturbing trend has to come to light. I read stories of pizza places becoming safe havens for the abused in their communities . Why would the CDC make citizens live in fear not just from a pandemic but from those who live right in the same house? Why didn’t this get much attention?!
Let’s also talk about how this year of pandemic led to many horrific cases of people contemplating suicide. According to the Washington Post, 1 in 4 young adults had at one point seriously considered suicide . (Washington Post) As far as actual suicide deaths a a result of the lockdown, numbers aren’t as prevalent . Yet, for the stories of those who have taken their lives during this time, their families must be recognized and cared for!
How could these government leaders not know putting COVID positive patients in nursing homes lead to deaths ? Oh wait they definitely did and criminally cooked the books as not to be tweeted by then-President Trump, are you kidding me? By the same token, how could the CDC not work harder to combat the affects of the lockdowns they mandated on this country ?
After the horrible death of George Floyd, fighting for justice is what 2020 ended up being about. The rallying cries of ‘no justice , no peace’ rang out and then riots broke out.
No riots, no protests for the families that lost loved ones in the nursing home disaster just because the media LOVED CUOMO. Let’s protest affects of these COVID policies which also led to injustice!
Every day, on podcasts, on Tik Tok, and on Instagram , the creativity is exploding!
I’ve blogged about this before, the idea how creativity has lifted us up during this pandemic. Yet, who lifts up the uplifting minds of social media?
It’s a question I’ve been wondering since I found a photo by Ben Ko (@benkophoto) that really inspired me. Now , I don’t open up about being inspired because I just want to spread a positive message and not make it about me.
Let me take you behind the curtain though. I firmly believe God has given creative brains to everyone, and so many take advantage of it! I believe God can and does inspire us!
He does inspire us through others . I may smile, I may have fun, but I do have down days (shocker , right?)
This pandemic sometimes ‘kicks the teeth in’ to my mindset because I do want to believe there is an end in sight, and we will see each other again!
When reality sets in that it will take a while longer, I just start remembering the ‘good old days’ in 29 years . Yet, there are moments where I find others keep going that tells me I TOO CAN KEEP GOING. YOU TOO CAN KEEP GOING!
So, creatives and anyone reading this, who inspires you? Who uplifts you? For me, the fact my immediate family are all here through this pandemic is inspiring and uplifting! It’s amazing how close I’ve become with my mom, dad and my stepdad Vic!
If you have an inspiration let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Let’s stay inspired as we hope and look to inspire!
We are talking an awful lot about COVID testing every day. You know what we could also be talking about? Getting your antibody test. If we found out people have had it more than we know, then you can open places it up. Say, “Yeah, they’ve had it. This restaurant’s servers, employees didn’t know it, but they had it so we can open up and we can make it safe.”
No one’s pushing really to get the antibodies test. No one’s even really giving stats about that. Why? Because if we know who has antibodies and who doesn’t and the percentages, I think we can gauge that possibly more so than the test itself. You know why? They take a blood test for that antibody test, and do you know, blood does not lie? Blood is what’s in here. It’s science. That is a science, what’s in our veins.
I read a couple of days ago, the Kansas City Chiefs had “Seven false positives.” So in essence, what is the testing doing? Is it accurate or not? So why don’t we switch from mandating vaccines, switch from stressing the COVID test itself, and start encouraging people to give that little blood to find out if you have an antibody. Because there are 50% of Americans comfortable taking this vaccine, while 50% do not want to take it.
If you say, “Hey, we’ve done all these blood samples, okay, and we know who has the antibodies and who doesn’t.” And if they don’t, just keep them safe, but if they do, of course, give a warning, “Hey, you can get it again.” But don’t be too alarmed if you’ve already had the antibodies.
At one point in Connecticut, 5% of the population had antibodies at one point. You take a whole swath, the 167,000 people, which was what they did, and you say, “Hey, look, these people, this group has antibodies.” I really believe in getting the anti-body test, because if I had it, I would want to know. Wouldn’t you? If you had it and you didn’t know, but you were asymptomatic? Go out and get your antibody test.
I’m just thinking we are banking too much on the glory of these vaccines. As great as it is that we’ve got treatments that should be utilized, should not be talked down, let’s also think of the alternatives for the 50% that don’t want. And the 50% that don’t want it, take your antibody tests now then. Let’s see if you have COVID. Look, if 50% of America has antibodies, we can reopen up a lot faster than slower, and that’s Just a fact. And as I said, these swabs, I don’t know, may not be accurate enough. But you talk about science, Governor Cuomo, you’re talking about science, Mayor de Blasio, you talk about data.
I want to know what’s in the bloodstream now. I am very curious. Because if we inject something into our bloodstream that makes us tired, lethargic, if you have allergies, you’re going to get it worse, apparently, the side effects. Then let’s see what’s in the bloodstream first before injecting this in our bloodstream. I know I’ve been clapping a lot last couple days, but I’m just very passionate about this because I do not want to see our country continue to close down simply on one set of stats anymore.
It shouldn’t be, especially when we can have data that says, “Hey, you know what? This vaccine is working, but you know what else? People have naturally gotten over this and we see that in the antibody test.” Why aren’t you promoting that more, medical community? Why is the COVID test the answer for everything? When we’re seeing negatives one day, positives another and then whatever. It seems the most reliable thing to do is just check our actual blood so that we can save the blood, sweat, and tears that go into every business and every person’s life in America. By tapping into our bloodstream either with a safe vaccine or anti-body test, we can save the life blood of America. So let’s do it.