From the Editor

By Stephen Sapp

We are approaching the first anniversary of the official declaration of the global Covid-19 pandemic, and although we still have a long way to go, finally we can begin to believe there is an end in sight. As we enter what we hope will be the homestretch of this seemingly endless pandemic, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotations. It comes from Vaclav Havel, the Czech writer, dissident, and statesman who was the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic: “Hope is not about believing you can change things. Hope is about believing you can make a difference.” None of us is likely to be able to change the course of the pandemic in the months ahead in any significant way, but until we can truly say that Covid-19 no longer dominates our lives, each of us can maintain our hope by making a difference in the following ways: Please stay at home as much as you can, wear your mask (or two), keep an appropriate distance from those outside your household, get your vaccination shots as soon as you are eligible, and stay well (and warm)!


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