Inside a Phase 3 Vaccine Trial

Recent news reports have revealed that a third COVID-19 vaccine may soon be available.  Johnson & Johnson, and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, have been developing a single shot COVID-19 vaccine that can be stored in a regular refrigerator.   I’ve been following this development closely because last November, I signed up to be a trial participant for the Janssen Phase 3 trial, … Read More

America – A Crisis of Confidence

This year, good news is scarce. Ads for holiday shopping seem out of place and tone deaf. The election is over but half the country thinks otherwise, leading to dire predictions about the future of our democracy. Meanwhile, thousands of people are dying and even more have been stricken by a deadly virus that will get worse before it gets … Read More

The Sinking of the S.S. Marine Electric

“Our problem is: we don’t know exactly what our situation is.”[i]     Captain Phillip Corl, master of the S.S. Marine Electric, radioed this message to the Coast Guard shortly before the doomed shipped capsized 30 miles off the coast of Virginia in 1983.          After weeks of sheltering at home, being disorientated, feeling isolated, and fearing for the future, I’ve been thinking … Read More