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‘NOTHING IS NORMAL’: Small-town hospital soldiers ahead against pandemic

Marketia Morrow is quietly terrified. As the Chief Nursing Officer at Alliance Healthcare System in my hometown of Holly Springs, Miss., she is in a combat zone – she can’t self-isolate. Can’t keep a six-foot distance. Can’t work from home. She faces the enemy –...

DEAD AIR: Where is the love for “The Jazz Lover?”

There is some science indicating that white noise – that staticky hiss (or hissy static?) you get while flipping through stations – helps with relaxation and sleep. That’s all well and good, but it’s NOT what I want to hear when I tune my...

Eight reasons you should start gardening now!

In the spirit of honesty, I should point out here at the very top of this column that I’m one of those people that believes EVERYONE should be growing food in their yards – coronavirus or not. To me, there is simply no more...

Coronavirus makes caring for mom with dementia even more challenging

As an 82-year-old retired school teacher with dementia, Ruth Jane Davis clearly falls into the “at-risk” category for the coronavirus. As a 56-year-old caregiver with diabetes and asthma, so does her daughter and primary caregiver Judy Elaine Davis. “I was telling people before we closed, laughing,...

I went to church yesterday. Here’s what happened.

I went to church yesterday. As in, I walked into an actual sanctuary, sat down in an actual pew, and . . . y'know, church. Despite Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requesting churches suspend their services. Despite having covered a webinar in...

ACTS OF FAITH: Spiritual leaders wrestle how to deal with COVID-19

Can’t go to work. Can’t go to a Grizzlies game or concert. Can’t go to a movie. Can’t even go to a library or museum. Those would all be places where we could escape from the anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic – to at least...

LIVE NOW: Memphis clergy and spiritual leaders strategizing response to COVID 19

Earlier today, I got word of several clergy and spiritual leaders in Memphis convening for a webinar to discuss how to deal with the coronavirus in Memphis: As COVID-19 makes its presence known throughout the US, Church Health continues to be an organization that cares...

Daycare and parenting in the age of COVID-19

I was not exactly surprised last Thursday when I got a text message from my son's daycare saying they'd be closed on Friday. It's not even been a full week, but the avalanche of closings – at that time, most notably the suspension of...

For many, worship goes online in face of coronavirus crisis

Last week, I attended the very first service at Pursuit of God's new facility on North Watkins in Frayser. Nearly 600 people attended, and the place was rocking with spirit. I have no idea how many people were there yesterday (March 15), because I didn't...

A good garden starts with good soil

To me, the beautiful thing about planting seeds is that in the presence of the proper conditions – good light, good seed, good soil and good water – literally anyone can succeed. At the risk of stating the obvious, the health of your soil will...