The stay-at-home order reminds me a lot of when I was in Afghanistan. We got through it then, and we’ll get through it now.

The novel coronavirus has decimated our daily lives and almost every state is under a lock-down order for citizens to stay at home. As an extreme extrovert, I find energy and enjoyment through interactions with people, so I knew limited my outside contact would be difficult, but after a few weeks, I’ve gotten in toContinue reading “The stay-at-home order reminds me a lot of when I was in Afghanistan. We got through it then, and we’ll get through it now.”

Coronavirus closed the Sitar Arts Center and now, our students have nowhere to go. Today, we need your support more than ever.

In December 2014, I was working in the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs and it was time to generate lots of interest for the federal government’s Combined Federal Campaign, which supports local and national charities. I looked through the list and thought it would be interesting to invite a local non-profit called Guitars Not Guns,Continue reading “Coronavirus closed the Sitar Arts Center and now, our students have nowhere to go. Today, we need your support more than ever.”

28 Fun Things to Do at Home While Self-Isolating, Quarantining, or Just Staying the Hell Away from People

Just a few ideas we in the Schaffel household thought of… Not fun, but necessary things to do: Clean everything, especially things you don’t usually think of. Clean your oven, the inside of your refrigerator, the tops of your fan blades, around light bulbs, your screened devices. Scrub your bathtub. Clean behind things. Get underContinue reading “28 Fun Things to Do at Home While Self-Isolating, Quarantining, or Just Staying the Hell Away from People”

My Thoughts on How Banks and Investors Can Ease the Pain on Renters and Homeowners During The Coronavirus Global Pandemic

I don’t understand a lot of things about Coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19), but I understand a few. I can see that is spreads very quickly–and seemingly easily–and it does so because it is a new strain of a virus for which humans have no built-up immunity. I can also see the economicContinue reading “My Thoughts on How Banks and Investors Can Ease the Pain on Renters and Homeowners During The Coronavirus Global Pandemic”