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April 19, 2020

The pandemic has truly brought the world together in a most powerful way. Ralph in Germany replied to me via WhatsApp: “We were thinking of you both during these days of a truly global community, when it becomes obvious that we’re all passengers on the same trip and the same ship.” Well said, Ralph. Thankfully, he and his immediate family are doing fine. But their family members in Spain are having “…harder times, hit much by regulations and testimony of sad things right next to them.”

And our friend working in Cambridge, England, worries about his closest family and friends who all work in hospitals, including his father.

We watched on television last night the global concert, “One World Together at Home,” organized by the international advocacy group, Global Citizen, and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon. Through interviews as well as music and songs performed by artists sheltering at home, tribute was paid to our essential workers -- especially those on the frontlines in healthcare. The world broadcast raised almost $128 million for the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Indeed, in the words of French poet Victor Hugo, “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

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