Where Lockdown is Impossible

In a poor country like Pakistan, halting economic activity could lead to catastrophe, some fear. Instead, wealthier people are helping their poorer neighbors. As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, people all...


A Day in the Life of a Teacher in Quarantine

My mother, Amanda Senanayake, is a 4th and 5th grade bilingual teacher in New Jersey’s East Orange School District. She became fluent in Spanish after spending a gap year in Venezuela on a Rotary...


When Musicians Lose their Audiences

The Rumberos perform at Havana Central restaurant in Edison, NJ. Bass player Charlie Poe (left) and band founder Paul Nieto accompany the author. Photo by Christopher Rybin.   Performers are...


What Now?

I take walks on the beach, and try to let the ocean breeze cleanse my bad thoughts. But the uncertainty is hard to overcome. My parents own an auto body shop. When the governor said this was an...