Truman: Harry Truman once said, “the only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.” After months of dismissing the importance of masks, the Governor of Iowa reversed course and is mandating them. Iowa which has a population roughly the same size as San Diego County has COVID hospitalizations five times our numbers and three times as many COVID deaths. This New York Times piece walks through the same resistance to public health orders from 1918—and the notorious “anti-mask league”. It has some great historic photos as well.
Powerful Book: Last week, I relished the coming joy of the Obama memoir which has now been released. If you are already done with it (for really fast readers) or are looking for a good novel for the holidays, I can not more highly recommend “Beneath a Scarlett Sky” by Mark Sullivan. It has been a while since a book kept me awake into the early morning or brought me to tears, but this one did both. Sullivan does a masterful job telling the true story of Pino Lella, a teenager in Italy during World War II who helped Jews escape the Nazis via harrowing mountain climbs through the Alps, became an allied spy in German Army and had his heart and soul broken by love and war.
Deeper Dive: We have seen repeated ridiculous claims of voter fraud by Donald Trump and his side car of clowns. But there are very serious and real threats to access to the ballot on the horizon. Please take a moment to read this piece about the pending cases before the Supreme Court that could decimate what is left of the Voting Rights Act. In California, we took intentional steps to increase access to the ballot due to COVID-19, but I believe those changes should remain moving forward. Our democracy is strongest when the most people participate.
Flashback Friday: It was three years ago today my wife got to laugh at me, but I got the last laugh:) She finally agreed to come to one of my baseball games (yes, middle aged men playing hardball) and I told her she needed to sit in the outfield so she could get my home run ball. She relentlessly made fun of me that an old man with wooden bats wasn’t going to hit a home run. I insisted she record by at bat to catch my bomb for all time:) No doubt about it.
Winter Wonder: We managed to head to the mountains for a few days recently and caught a big storm that hit the Big Bear area. I know things are tough, but we have to look for every opportunity to find and enjoy whatever joy is out there!