April 2nd, 2020


Smelling the roses while quarantined

Alicia Colon

By Alicia Colon

Published March 25, 2020

Smelling the roses while quarantined
Since I've been more or less quarantined since last September due to health problems, life hasn't changed that much for me in this coronavirus era except for one sad thing.

My children and grandchildren are staying far away fearing they'll somehow make me ill because I am very high risk.

Thank goodness for Skype. Now the whole world has joined me in its own self-quarantined bubble and I wonder if everyone is getting as much out of it as I am.

Those who rely on information from the usual doomsayers like the mainstream media and the now left wing Drudgereport will get nothing but negativity and fear. The truth is out there but it's only on the internet on either nonpartisan or conservative sites. I recommend as the most comprehensive source of the virus updates. is another reliable, heavily researched news source. It is simply not wise to rely on leftwing sites funded by hostile billionaires like George Soros who is determined to destroy our free capitalist society; you will get nothing but lies and despair.

Until I read Myrna Blyth's Spin Sisters, I had no idea how much women's magazines dealt in doling out liberalism and fear. This has been the same opus morandi for the media at large with very few exceptions. I've learned since 2016 that if news comes from the New York Times, the Washington Post, the L.A. Times, MSNBC, and of course CNN, it will be negative and anti-Trump. It will also deserve a rating of 4 Pinocchio's.

What the world is experiencing has been nothing short of mind-boggling. The Chicken Littles and snowflakes who rely on the MSM are treating the coronavirus pandemic as the apocalyptic end of the world. Those of us who still have their brain cells firing have a far more optimistic appraisal of the crisis.

How many of us in the past few years have uttered this sentiment-"The world has gone completely mad"? Being ‘woke' has meant common sense is nowhere in use anymore. There's more than a thousand pronouns now; more than two genders; transgender men have babies and win awards in female sports; libraries allow drag queens to read stories to young children and public schools no longer teach American history but social engineering is a required curriculum. PC culture has stifled free speech with so many people getting offended by words they don't agree with. Worst of all, babies who survive abortion are murdered and have their body parts sold for profit by the taxpayer funded non-profit Planned Parenthood and the only person charged with a crime is the film maker who exposed this criminal act.

I could go on and on about how the media has surrendered ethics and credibility, and instead spouts propaganda for the leftist agenda of the Democrat party. I'd rather expound on what I've discovered while whiling away the hours in isolation. At first I reacted skeptically at the forced lockdown and closures of just about everything. Then after reading about how the virus continually mutates while seeking new hosts to survive, and how destructive it is to our lungs, I respect and defer to the states and federal administrations' draconian response to the coronavirus. But I don't think it's absurd to believe that a higher power just wants us to stop and smell the roses.

Speaking of roses, I watched a very interesting film on the Disney plus channel. Remember when Disney stood for everything that was innocent and uplifting? That was quite a while ago and the recent film entries have sought to be as socially aware as the Bernie bros. So I was quite surprised to view the film, Stargirl, which I at first thought was about a female superhero. It's not, In fact, it's a sweet tale of coming of age youth that at the end I found quite profound when the main character makes an impromptu speech in a contest. I'll have to paraphrase the speech because I couldn't find the transcript.

Everything today has to be immediate, fast and we don't take back a step and process. How can we? Everything today is so instant. Dinner in minutes. A thousand photographs in one burst. You have to ‘like' something this second…. She asks if we have ever seen a flower grow. Not possible to wait, she says, for anything that takes that long but if you did it would change you. Slow you down and remind you that real things take time. Next time you see a flower in the ground or in a vase, remember that part of what makes it beautiful is how long it took to grow.

Now we may hate being quarantined but maybe it's a good thing to slow down and smell the flowers that grow after we place a seed in the ground and the magic happens.

None of this has ever happened to the world before. During horrific world wars, life was set at warp speed but this crisis has stopped us completely and shut us down and maybe, just maybe, that's a good thing, perhaps even supernatural. Consider the fact that our main global adversaries have suffered even greater losses than we have. China, Iran and the OPEC nations are experiencing a decline in power. In some parts of the country, gas prices have dropped to.99 cents a gallon. This is incredible and because we are a free nation we will bounce back even stronger than those nations ruled by despots.

Not only is it time to notice the beauty of a flower but we should look at our fellow human beings with the same sense of wonder. They too take a long time to grow.

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