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“I don’t know what I can do to save people anymore.” A Michigan ER nurse, saying that “life and death” decisions are being made right now because of capacity and resource issues, begs people to “stay home” in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As of right now, Michigan is one of the top five states in the country with regard to diagnosed COVID-19 cases. According to today’s numbers, we now have nearly 2,300 confirmed cases, and 43 people here in our state have died as a result of the virus. And, as predicted, it’s beginning to take its […]

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COVID-19 IN MICHIGAN… This is where we stand one week in

The social distancing for my family started one week ago tomorrow. It was a Thursday afternoon. We probably should have been more aggressive, and started earlier, but we waited until after there were actually confirmed cases in Michigan before we made the call to keep the kids home from school and start working from home. […]

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We don’t have anywhere near enough ventilators to care for those who will develop COVID-19, and the Trump administration isn’t helping

The best Rolling Stones album ever recorded, Exile on Main Street, contains a song titled Ventilator Blues, which contains the following phrase… “Don’t matter where you are, everybody, everybody gonna need some kind of ventilator.” Well, for the past few days, I’ve found myself humming it to myself quite a bit. Reading the word “ventilator” […]

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A COVID-19 update from Andy Slavitt

I’m going to try to do a better job of passing along information about the coronavirus response that I think you might find valuable. Here, for example, slightly edited, is a tweet thread from Andy Slavitt, the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Obama. It’s a little rough, as I […]

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Designing the Curriculum for an Awesome High School Film Class: Part One

An old friend of mine who teaches at a public high school in Minnesota just got word that he’s inherited a 12-week elective course on film, and he’s reached out to me, asking if I might help him design the curriculum. All that he’s been given to work with thus far is a list of […]

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