These are very challenging times for so many reasons.  Many of us have lost loved ones, some of us have lost our jobs or had them shut down, hopefully for the time being.

This are especially trying times for people like me who are very social and love to be out and about.  Ironically, as much as I love directing television, my shpilkes makes it very difficult for me to hunker down at home.

Shpilkes is Yiddish for a playful gas and a fun way to describe being ADHD.

Fortunately, I chose this time to adopt a puppy, which I could not do when I was going from directing movie to movie.  I’ve got a wonderful companion who is by my side most of the day unless I’m playing golf or singing karaoke.

Rosie is now a year and a half old and like me she is very social.  We rotate between several off-leash dog parks and we’ve both made lots of new friends.

And there is another new huge sea change in my psyche.  I’ve always been impatient, in a hurry to get from one place to another, in a hurry even if there was no reason to hurry.
The people who hired me to direct projects with challenging schedules really appreciated my pace and efficiency as well as my storytelling ability.

Recently I had an epiphany and had a very serious talk with myself and decided that I ain’t in no hurry and it’s time to take a deep breath and smell the roses.  Literally as well as figuratively.

So one of the things I do now is to take a different route each time I go somewhere.  One way there and another way back.  That’s not always possible but I’m discovering wonderful new places and have moments of pure joy as I drive along the waterfront or head to Mount Baker or discover new lakes in Skagit and Whatcom that I didn’t even know existed.

I figured out how to get satellite radio in my car and I listen to a little news, but so much of it is sad and depressing that I tune into 60’s on 6 or The Bridge and sing along with the music I grew up with and occasionally come up with a new karaoke song.

I’ve always been charitable because I grew up economically challenged since the holocaust kept my parents from getting an education.  I got a wonderful education and found an occupation I loved that allowed me to live in beautiful places like LaConner.  And I’ve doubled and tripled down on contributing to local people who are now jobless and homeless.

Covid will go down in history books as a brutal era and it could get worse before it gets better. Hopefully most of my readers agree with me that It’s always smart to err on the side of caution and not do what they did in Idaho, naming an idiotic Covid denier to run the state’s health department which has resulted in all of the hospitals overflowing with Covid patients.

We are blessed to live in a place where we can keep away from crowded interiors and go boating and fishing and camping, exploring new horizons and for many of you, continue to work from home.