The World in a Shoebox

Friends who are frequent travelers are having a tough time with the pandemic. They’re so tempted by low airfares, and the rare prospects of uncrowded airports and having elbow room on planes, which they weigh anxiously against the health risks associated with flying.

I’ve been content so far to stick close to home. Then again, I can travel the world by opening a couple of shoeboxes.

PPP? Not for Me

More than $100 billion is reportedly still sitting in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), awaiting loan applications from businesses to keep them afloat in the pandemic fallout. The deadline to apply is Tues., June 30 – perhaps the first deadline ever that I won’t meet.

June: What’s Blooming in the Office?


This orchid is in quarantine, on a separate windowsill far from the others, as it recovers from an aphid infestation. But that hasn’t stopped it from making the best of a bad situation.

Recent life parallels, anyone?

It’s a hardy little plant, and a good choice for beginning orchid-lovers. Each flower is no bigger than my thumbnail with a strong, perfume-like scent.

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