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Why 2020 is the Year of Grief, Anger, and Reassessment

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Open, close, open again, close—every time there is an opening, hope emerges, the desire to move on takes hold, when a closing means a quarantine hope disintegrates and the five acts begin again. Anger, rage, confusion emerge with greater voracity as you pine for a time to reemerge with all of this behind you.

Act 1: What’s a Pandemic? Not Us! Hmm? Let's See...

Curiosity brewed as COVID cases popped up in certain parts of the U.S. It crept in from the periphery. Creeping then leaping. Reporting increased, yet was filtered with a strong sense of denial and ambivalence and ignorance: "I won’t have to worry, not me, not my family. What’s a short shut down? We are strong and resilient.” Many cite Tom Hanks and the surprising shutdown of the NBA as defining moments when denial turned to dread and the realization that the coronavirus was more serious than initially thought.

Then everything shut down.

At this point, the fortunate few had the means,........

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