Time is a concept that is familiar to all of us. Yet it is hard to define and understand. For centuries, people have sought to unravel the mystery of time. What exactly is time? What is its role in life? How is time measured? Over the centuries, thought leaders from a variety of fields, including philosophy, physics, religion, and biology have advanced theories to help explain the concept of time – but the work still continues today in search of an answer.
While the concept of time is elusive, its measurement is not. We follow time using clocks and calendars, often on a digital devices. We recognize that time passes, and continues to pass. Today is here now and yet in a matter of time it will become yesterday. We know that time matters – and we all have an expiration date.
Time is critical in Michigan’s fight against COVID-19. Hospital and public health leaders warn that Michiganders must follow public health safety guidelines and get vaccinated to avert a crisis. Today the state reported the 2nd highest number of cases since the start of the pandemic. Many hospitals are at full capacity with hospitalization rates near or exceeding previous highs. Governor Whitmer extended the current COVID-19 restrictions through May 24 which require mask wearing, limited capacity at most businesses, 50% indoor dining, small private gatherings and testing for youth athletics. The Governor’s extension also added the requirement that children between the ages of 2-4 must now wear masks.
Today’s Weekend Reading series addresses a number of time sensitive topics, beginning with Time Matters, with an articles on recent developments in Michigan’s fight against COVID-19 and other pandemic information. Next, check out Nothing Lasts Forever – Or Does It? for articles on the dangers of forever chemicals that we encounter in our daily lives. Do not miss Time’s Up for articles on myths that should long be forgotten. Last but not least, check out Time for Something New for some ideas of novel things you may wish to try – and my personal favorite – the Name That Thing game!
I hope you enjoy the following:
1. Time Matters
- Michigan.gov: MDHHS extends epidemic order, strengthens mask requirement for children; Order expands mask requirement to children ages 2-4 as recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics
- Bridge MI: Three Michigan people who died after vaccine actually had earlier COVID
- Vox: Yes, you can be vaccinated and still get Covid-19. But don’t panic.
- Kaiser Health News: Covid Spawns ‘Completely New Category’ of Organ Transplants
2. Nothing Lasts Forever – Or Does It?
- YouTube: Forever Chemicals
- PBS: Toxic synthetic ‘forever chemicals’ are in our water and on our plates
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS): How “forever chemicals” might impair the immune system
- [email protected]: Chemicals found in Southeast Michigan’s waterways present environmental challenge
3. Time’s Up
- PublicHealth.org: Vaccine Myths Debunked
- Pew: The Science Behind Vaccines
- Immunization Action Coalition (IAC): MMR Vaccine Does Not Cause Autism – Examine the evidence!
- Reuters: Fact Check – mRNA vaccines do not turn humans into ‘hybrids’ or alter recipients’ DNA
4. Time for Something New
- Smithsonian Magazine: Get Lost in the Sauce With a Brand New Pasta Shape, Cascatelli
- New York Times: The Soothing Allure of Mini Brands
- Smithsonian Magazine: How to Germinate Seeds for Your Garden Using an Instant Pot
- Merriam Webster: Name that Thing Game
Enjoy the weekend!
Suzanne Daniels, Ph.D.
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Birmingham, MI 48012
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