Quote of the week: Knowing our history helps us understand ourselves and our ability to survive difficult times — whether during the Civil War of 1861-1865 or the current pandemic — both events give us perspective to help us understand and to have hope.

Quote from Lake County historian Diana Dretske about creating a historical account of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Read the story here.influenza-cartoon-national

Quote of the Week: “You have the waves and you have that calming ebb and flow. I feel like it almost sinks in with your heartbeat and it helps calm your inner being. A lot of people are drawn to the water, whether or not they know why.

This story explains why beaches are so important to us during the coronavirus pandemic and which shoreline parks and local beaches are open and which ones are not. Photo below by Sheryl DeVore taken at Diamond Lake Beach.fishermanatbeach

Quote of the week: The 2020 coronavirus pandemic may lead to a deeper understanding of the ties that bind us all on a global scale and could help us get to grips with the largest public health threat of the century, the climate crisis.

–Arthur Wyns, climate researcher for WHO: Read about Earth Day’s 50th anniversary related to the pandemic here in my column.sunrisedevore Photo by Sheryl DeVore

Quote of the day: I felt how insignificant we all are, and how privileged we all are as humans.

Capt. James Lovell speaks on the 50th anniversary of the splashdown of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission and how it relates to the coronavirus. Photo below is a NASA photo showing Capt. Lovell in 1970 during the mission. Portrait - Astronaut James A. Lovell Jr.pandemic. For the story, click here.