I Do Not Do Weddings, But….

There are exceptions to every rule.

Before Sept. 12, the last wedding I recall attending was my son’s in the fall of 2006.  But on Sept. 12, 2020 I came out of “retirement” to be there when Lauren Donaldson of Opp married Bill Paulk of Lowndes County.  I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

For reasons none of us can really explain, as we travel this life’s journey we occasionally come across people we become attached to.  That’s Lauren.  As best I can tell, she was 10 years old when I met her, younger brother Timothy and mother Kay.  She was full of life and always at the center of something she and her friends schemed up.  Back then she was mostly arms, legs and blond hair.  She was not athletic.  Soccer was not her thing..

However, she was smart, full of energy and often the leader of the pack.

She decided to run for president of her class in the 8th grade.  A friend of hers also chose to run.  Lauren’s reaction, “Let the games begin.”  She and her buddies went all out on her campaign.  The final vote was not close.

At some point during that year she called the school system superintendent and told him that she had an “issue” she wanted to talk to him about.  So he arranged to see her.  Turns out her “issue” was a proposal that they have school four days a week, instead of five.  She did her homework and made her presentation.

And though the superintendent did not agree to go along with her, he told her mother (who was a teacher) that she made quite an impression.

She finished at Opp high school, then the University of South Alabama, then Cumberland School of Law.  She is an attorney in Dothan and my little buddy of 10 is now 32.

She was a beautiful bride.  Still tall.  Still blonde.

The wedding was at the Oaks Plantation, east of Montgomery at Pike Road. It was outside at noon.  It is said that sunshine is good for helping you have vitamin C.  If so, a lot of people became healthier at the service.  I felt for those wearing coats and ties.  (I was not one of them, though neither did I wear coveralls as I often do.)

This event has consumed Lauren’s life for months.  (Too bad folks in Washington didn’t devote the same attention to defeating Covid-19).

Now it is over.  And Lauren is beginning life as Mrs. Bill  Paulk.  But to me she will always be my middle school buddy and thoughts of those days will always bring a smile.


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Editor’s note:  Like it or not, one of the realities of today’s world are passwords.  If you are like me, it is easy to get lost in the world of creating passwords.  So when I came across the chart below, wanted to share it in hope it might give you some guidance.

You Decide

The closer we get to election day on Nov. 3, the more the news will be engulfed in charges and counter-charges about both candidates for president.

The latest blockbuster was an article in The Atlantic magazine by editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg on Sept. 3.  Titled, Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are “losers” and “suckers.”  The outcry was both immediate and loud.  The president said the article was total nonsense.  However, this did not stem the reaction from Democrats, as well as retired military.

Who to believe?  I certainly do not know.  That is for you to decide.  Go here to see the article in its entirety. 

However, I did do some background checking.  The Atlantic has been around since 1857.  So it is hardly a Johnny-come-lately publication.  It has 500,000 subscribers.  It was selected as “magazine of the year” in 2016 by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Goldberg became editor-in-chief in 2016 after being on staff for a number of years.  A native of New York, he went to the University of Pennsylvania.  An award-winning journalist, his specialty has been foreign policy and it is interesting to note that he served in the Israeli Defense Forces.

The only thing I do know is that the next few weeks will be painful to watch and listen to.  And it will certainly not be one of our prouder moments.


More Covid Confusion

Editor’s note: For reasons I do not understand there are people who apparently get their kicks by trying to gin up bogus info on Covid-19, twisting data out of context and putting forth conspiracy theories.  Which simply says to me that “all nuts don’t grow on trees.”  A longtime attorney friend lost his sister to the virus yesterday.  I’m sure he would be surprised to learn the pandemic is just the figment of someone’s imagination

Here is an insightful article from ABC News that is worth your time to read:

“A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report is being twisted by conspiracy theorists to imply the COVID-19 death toll is not as serious as it sounds, health experts say. In response, Dr. Anthony Fauci and other medical authorities say unequivocally that at least 180,000 Americans have died because of this virus.

“Let there not be any confusion,” Fauci said after President Donald Trump retweeted an article that inaccurately suggested the real number of COVID-19 deaths is 9,000. “It’s not 9,000 deaths from COVID-19. It’s 180,000-plus deaths,” Fauci told Good Morning America. “The point that the CDC was trying to make was that a certain percentage of [deaths] had nothing else but COVID,” Fauci said.

“That does not mean that someone who has hypertension, or diabetes who dies of COVID didn’t die of COVID-19. They did.”

The report, which was published Aug. 26 and is part of the CDC’s standard weekly data update to the public, looks at death certificates and noted that COVID-19 was the only cause of death listed in 6% of deaths involving the coronavirus.

But some have misinterpreted this figure in two ways, by suggesting that only 6% of COVID-19 deaths are from COVID-19, and that only people with preexisting conditions are at risk of serious illness. Neither of these interpretations is correct, say experts.

A spokesperson for the mortality branch of the National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the CDC, told ABC News that death certificates typically list any causes or conditions that contributed to mortality.

“These causes are entered into the death certificate by a physician, medical examiner, or coroner,” the NCHS spokesperson said. “Death certificates may have one or more causes or conditions listed, as determined based on the medical expertise of that professional.”

The NCHS defines “underlying cause of death” as “the condition that began the chain of events that ultimately led to the person’s death.”

According to the NCHS, in 92% of all deaths that mention COVID-19, COVID-19 is listed as the underlying cause of death. There were 161,392 such death certificates as of Aug. 22, the NCHS found. On 94% of death certificates that mention COVID-19, an additional condition is also listed, such as diabetes, hypertension, pneumonia or respiratory failure.

The CDC and World Health Organization have long stated that people with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertensive disease and respiratory disease, are at higher risk for severe cases of COVID-19 and death.

But health experts warn that the suggestion that only people with preexisting conditions will be severely sickened or killed by COVID-19 ignores the fact that 45% of Americans have underlying conditions that put them at risk of developing serious illness if they are infected with coronavirus.

In a stunning reversal, CDC abruptly changed their position on when to get tested  Many patients who landed in the hospital with COVID-19 did not know that they had an underlying condition prior to being hospitalized, medical experts say. Then there are the patients whose contributing causes of death, such as cardiac arrest, were likely triggered by a COVID-19 infection.

Johns Hopkins University, which keeps its own up-to-date COVID statistics, has reported more than 6 million COVID infections and 183,000 deaths in the United States.”

It Had To Happen

Laughter seems to be virtually forgotten these days given 1,000 deaths a day from Covid-19, economic issues, political unrest and natural disasters.

However, a friend shared some PANDEMIC PUNS with me and i wanted to pass them along.  You may groan at some, but hopefully you will also chuckle.

  • Finland has just closed their borders.  No one will be crossing the finish line.
  • So many coronavirus jokes out there, it’s a pundemic
  • Due to the quarantine, I’ll only be telling inside jokes.
  • Now is not the right time to surround yourself with positive people.
  • There will be a minor baby boon in 9 months, and then one day in 2033 we shall witness the rise of the quaranteens.
  • The World Health Organization has announced that dogs cannot contract Covid-19.  Dogs previously held in quarantine can now be released.  To be clear, WHO let the dogs out
  • Why do they call it the novel coronavirus?  It’s a long story.
  • I’ll tell you a coronavirus joke now, but you’ll have to wait two weeks to see if you it.
  • I ran out of toilet paper and had to start using old newspaper.  Times are rough.
  • Grocery stores in France look like tornadoes hit them.  All that’s left is de brie.