A Dose of Hope—Make That Two Doses, Please.

Mar 01, 2021 by Ruth F Stevens

On a cloudy January afternoon as I drove up Hawthorne Boulevard through the Palos Verdes Peninsula, I heard the good news on my car radio: Los Angeles County had just opened up its COVID vaccination program to residents in my age group.

Then came the challenging part.

Happy NYE 2030 (A New Year's Fantasy)

Dec 31, 2020 by Ruth F Stevens

I know, I know, you’ve heard it all before… Next year, things will get better. They can’t get any worse, right?

That’s what we all used to believe. But we thought we knew so much a decade ago, back in 2020, during the early days of The Sickness. In the words of Bob Dylan, “I was so much older then—I’m younger than that now.” If only.

Nine Things I’m Grateful for During COVID.

Jul 25, 2020 by Ruth F Stevens
When I set out to write this article, my plan was to call it “Ten Things I’m Grateful for,” which has a much nicer ring to it…but I couldn’t come up with ten. Where this damned virus is concerned, it’s not easy to find those silver linings inside the cloud.

On My Mother’s 100th Birthday…Remembering Her as She Was.

Dec 26, 2019 by Ruth F Stevens
When people hear that I had a parent who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease, they sometimes ask, “After they’re gone, how long does it take to remember them the way they were before?”