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The show must go on!

Twinkling with Ninfa R. Leonardia

Oh no! Was it the Secretary of Health who was quoted as saying that Christmas may bring other variants of this COVID scourge? Please, dear Lord, give us the gift of freedom from this pandemic on your birthday! It has already taken such a big toll on humanity, so far, please have pity on us, your creations. Forgive us whatever misdeeds we have committed, and give us back the lives and the conditions that we used to enjoy under your protection!

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It is so dismaying to see and hear from news sources almost nothing encouraging about this pandemic which has brought to a halt a lot of human activities from people frozen in fear of catching this virus. But there is hope in following all advice and exhortations from our medical experts on the ways by which we can evade its  infection. So let us keep ourselves aware of all the advices that are meant to help us avoid encountering it. And one of them is just the simple one of  “STAY HOME”!

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Of course that would be next to impossible especially for breadwinners  and those  whose duties require them to go out. But there are precaution being suggested, and all we need to do is abide by them. So take heed of all the advice you get from experts, and in that way, protect yourself and your loved ones from the vicious effects of this killer ailment.

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How can we successfully avoid  infection from this virus that is hitting almost every area in the world? We cannot join Jess Bezos on his next trip to the moon. But I certainly believe that there are many who have offered to join him. And what an irony it would be if there is also a raging pandemic there, and they return to earth bringing its virus along! Of course I am only kidding, no matter what threats are facing Mother Earth, I don’t think I would ever wish to leave her!

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This is one time I wished I were a billionaire. Reports say some billionaires are joining Bezos on his next  lunar flight, and among them is an 82-year-old one identified as Wally Funk. At that age, and having amassed such a fortune, what more can one ask for, if not the adventure of a lifetime? But Funk is said to be a former aviator, so a trip to the moon could be the apex of his career, and whether it is successful or not, he has gotten his wish. Let us wish him and his fellow adventurers good luck and a safe return!

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I wish I could avoid thinking or writing about this pandemic, especially with the identification of the new variant called “Delta”, but it seems the media cannot let go  of the subject, and neither can we. But now what comes to my mind is the saying, or  simile that says “changeable as the weather”. For that is what is being shown to us now with incomprehensible climate  changes everywhere. Floods in Europe, wildfires in Asia, heavy rains everywhere. And there is a warning for the Philippines that Typhoon Campake, now hitting the South China Sea, may decide to drop by our country, too! Please, Dear Lord, spare us from Campake!

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Only two days more to go before the scheduled start of the Olympic  Games in Tokyo. But how will its participation be composed of with so many countries frozen by the pandemic that is also hitting that city? Is it true that the games will go on even if spectators  will not be allowed? But they have decided “canned” cheering, applause, and maybe even “Boos” to inspire the players. So maybe they have already  started gathering recorded applause and cheers from previous games to inspire the players? What ingenuity!

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The bad news is that with the start of the Olympics scheduled on Friday, the girl who is representing the United States as gymnast, has tested positive for the COVID! And it is possible that other athletes scheduled to join could also be infected. But it looks as if athletes are not intimidated by anything, as most of them are still eager to go on and participate. So even if some wags have baptized this as the “most surreal Olympics”, participants, like those in show business, have the same credo, and that is “The show must go on”.*

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