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April 18, 2020

Our nightly 7pm Cheer is becoming a bonding activity on our street. Two young brothers across from our driveway wait at their doorway for Louie and me to walk down our back steps. They were shy the first few days. Maybe it has something to do with Louie’s introduction of “music to clap by.” On his portable wireless speaker his playlist has included “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor) “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole), and last night, “La vie en Rose” (Edith Piaf) that inspired the couple next door to enjoy a dance on their lawn. I asked the boys at the doorway if they’ve ever heard this song before. “It’s French,” I told them. The older one replied, “Oh yeah, I think I’ve heard of it…” So sweet.

We are a long way from conquering Covid-19 and the road to recovery will not be overnight. I’m encouraged, though, by the task force California’s governor just pulled together to take on this charge. The impressive group of 80 members includes former California governors Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis and Pete Wilson; former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen; Apple CEO Tim Cook; and Walt Disney Company Executive Chairman Bob Iger; and will be co-chaired by former presidential candidate Tom Seyer and Ann O’Leary, Governor Newsom’s chief of staff.

That’s a lot of brain power.

On April 17, the majestic Matterhorn in Switzerland lit up “draped” with the American flag, “…a show of solidarity with the United States during the coronavirus pandemic.” At 4,478 meters high (14,692 feet), it is one of Europe’s highest peaks. This project is the genius of light artist Gerry Hofstetter. On its Facebook page, tourism group Zermatt Matterhorn wrote:

“Our thoughts are with all American people at this unprecedented time. We look forward to meeting again at the foot of the Matterhorn, we are all in this together.”

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