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July 24, 2020

I don’t know which made me happier: Seeing 79-year-old Dr. Anthony Fauci, an esteemed lead member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, throwing last night’s ceremonial first pitch of the 2020 Major League Baseball season between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees – or coming across “Tina Turner: ‘The World is Ready for This (2020)’,” her project on YouTube.

Dr. Fauci became a household name when the pandemic broke. In a statement honoring Dr. Fauci, the Nationals said this: “Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career, so it is only fitting that we honor him as we kick off the 2020 season and defend our World Series Championship title.”

Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, celebrated her 80th birthday last November. Now, here’s a woman who continues to exude the energy that gets people off their feet. She says that what is happening now has happened before and at times like this we turn to prayer – whatever that may mean to an individual. However we pray, she says, “…it all goes one way and into one power… that fusion helps to change the world.”

Madame Turner married German music executive Erwin Bach, became a Swiss citizen and lives in Zurich, Switzerland. I had chills watching her powerful and inspiring video. We could all gain from her positive outlook.

When in Zurich last year on a writing assignment, we had lost our lunch reservation at a historic vegan restaurant because my previous engagement (a chocolate tour) was running overtime. So, the tourism official put on her thinking cap and came up with the next best thing: Sausage and sauerkraut (my favorite) at Sternen Grill next to the River Limmat. We entered on the casual ground floor where the sausages are grilled, then walked up the staircase to the more dressed up second floor with table service.

The savory and salty flavors were just what I needed after intense chocolate tastings.

I’m happy that you like this choice, the tourism representative replied.

“This is one of Tina Turner’s favorite restaurants.”

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