Lockdown Day 27 – 22 April 2020 – Can You Imagine Us Years From Today

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I felt like Neil Diamond this morning – it is a bright day and it surely is not just gloom! Then I found this Neil Diamond song for COVID 19

It also reminded me that I am getting old! Replaced my Hot August Night Double Album with a CD years ago.

Often I read a book, article, poem or whatever and I at the end, with a sigh, I say: “Damn, I wish I could have said it like this.” Then I shut up. Nothing can be added! That is what I do today. At the bottom I have a Simon & Garfunkel song for everybody I love, care about (there are many of those), my coffee buddies – soon we will sit like Bookends!

“Those who are resisting quarantine are not advocating for “live free or die”, they are advocating “I must have my freedom even if it means harming others.” Remember, if your freedom comes at the cost of other people’s lives, then that’s not freedom, it’s savagery.”
― Abhijit Naskar

“Crisis either causes regress or progress depending on the will of the people.”
― Abhijit Naskar

“We cannot fix a sickness of the society merely with strategy – that strategy has to be followed by the responsibility of the citizens.” 
― Abhijit Naskar

“In these times
when the majority
are giving a premonition
of doom,
when you and I are
watching the media
and feeling something
sinister is going
to loom
when we are being
bombarded with messages
of the catastrophe
of Corona Virus
and feeling gloom…

These times of using
masks & sanitizers
and of not hugging
or shaking hands with
friends or family members…

of these times
when the world is being
painted with dark shades
of hate and fear,
and the majority are seeing
the world as a place
of bad fate & tear…

you come out with
positive vibes & energy
and use bright colors
of love and warmth
and paint a
beautiful rainbow
of hope & good old
cheer”
― Avijeet Das

Quotes found at www.goodreads.com

“Can you imagine us years from today
Sharing a park bench quietly?
How terribly strange to be seventy”
(Seventy is not so far off as it used to be!)

Here is the lyrics to Old Friends/Bookends

AN IRISH FRIENDSHIP WISH:

I hope it works…

May there always be work for your hands to do;

May your purse always hold a coin or two;

May the sun always shine on your windowpane;

May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;

May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

and may you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows you’re dead

AN IRISH FRIENDSHIP WISH:

I hope it works…

May there always be work for your hands to do;

May your purse always hold a coin or two;

May the sun always shine on your windowpane;

May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;

May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

and may you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows you’re dead

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