‘The year of so much grief but without proper grieving’: A reflection on the COVID pandemic
In the early days of the pandemic, many of us were afraid to touch anything. And too many people only realized they’d come in contact with it when they suddenly found they’d lost their sense of taste or smell. Something closer to actual warfare broke out in spats between Americans divided over proper COVID precautions. READ: CDC provides guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against COVIDAs we head into the second year of COVID, the fights remain intense. AdREAD: Local 4′s Dr. Frank McGeorge looks back on COVID pandemic on anniversary of first casesWe’ve tried hard in our newscasts to celebrate the good.
The Christmas when we invented ‘Poolocce’
This one Christmas my now-brother-in-law Colin and I cooked up a game on our in-laws pool table and named it “Poolocce.”As in, bocce ball and billiards combined. Trust me, if you want to hear something that sounds spooky and unworldly at the same time, throw a bocce ball on lake ice. “It’s the craze that’s sweeping the nation! This holiday season, if you have a pool table or your family does, try Poolocce. “Remember, friends -- it’s the game that’s sweeping the nation!
My Grandma’s Christmas cookies that have no match
So Grandma Carr -- God rest her soul -- used to make these Christmas cookies that were so good they had to have been laced with some magic secret ingredient known only to her. I haven’t had a frosted shortbread cookie (with sprinkles) before or since that could touch her recipe. I can still picture that Thom McCann shoebox bursting open, cookies rolling asunder in all directions. “You want the cookies?” I shouted. Have the cookies!”Of course, 35 years later, if I had a time machine I would go back and eat those cookies right off the ground.
My favorite Christmas songs on one CD, and a deep-dive into a Barry Manilow classic
Did you know Barry Manilow did a swingin’ Vegas version of the song “My Favorite Things”? Sami's Christmas Hits (Jason Carr)Which brings us back to Barry Manilow. And boy does Barry’s version sizzle. Tell her, Alexa, play “My Favorite Things” by Barry Manilow. A few years back I interviewed Barry Manilow and I asked him about this particular song and arrangement.
I love this photo
No idea of the origin or who these stewardesses are, but I’m going to call them, from left to right, Bev, Carol, Inez and Judy. And, if I had to guess, based on the fashion, the hair and the pattern on the seat upholstery, “back when” is about 1977ish. And back then, if there was room in first class, that’s where they’d seat you. As for the upholstery on those seats, I absolutely remember that red and blue abstract pattern. Well, this has been a fun trip down memory lane but it’s time to put your tray tables up and prepare for departure.
Look what I found Jason Carr
So perhaps youve heard about the Dr. Pepper scarcity thats the new toilet paper shortage. Life used to be easier: water, pop, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, hot tea. I love Dr. Pepper. Raised on Tang, Ive now become a refreshment nomad wandering the desert in search of a taste oasis. Right now Im gonna go check the vending area to see if theres any Dr. Pepper to be had.
Tati shares her new traditions
Tati Amare - There have been so many changes in the last several months, life as weve known it is completely different. These changes have made the summer of 2020 very different from what I was planning for. In March, my biggest concern was getting tickets to the first, hottest concert of the season. Instead of dwelling on whats different Ive decided to enjoy NEW traditions. Zoom calls, socially distanced gatherings, masks on during long walks along the river are unusual, to say the least, but lets enjoy this moment, learn the lessons and lean in to the hidden blessings!
Rhonda Walker: Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home
Rhonda Walker on set with co-anchor Evrod Cassimy, who has tested positive for the coronavirus. Rhonda Walker at her anchor desk at Local 4's studio. Local 4's Rhonda Walker eating healthy at home during Michigan's stay at home order amid the coronavirus outbreak. A collage of Local 4's Rhonda Walker exercising at home during Michigan's stay at home order amid the coronavirous pandemic. Please stay safe, stay healthy and stay home!
Kim DeGiulio: Going with the flow
It’s especially hard when you’re used to doing something that you really enjoy and then that’s taken away from you. It’s hard, but I think it’s only going to make us stronger. (WDIV)I start to wonder how long it’s going to be until we’re able to gather like that again. But I’m really starting to appreciate how peaceful it is to give yourself space. but I’m also going to make sure I take more time to continue to have moments by myself like I’m doing now.
Kim DeGiulio: Adjusting to this new normal
My husband is working from home and I’m working in a newsroom that feels empty as many of our staff is also working from home. My husband and I live in a smaller apartment downtown so he’s turned our dining table into his new office. It’s a great way to calm your stress which I know a lot of us are dealing with right now. Other than movies and eating carry out, I’m planning on catching up on lots of sleep this weekend. This weekend will be a blessing and I’ll come back on Monday well rested and ready for another work week!