Roselyn PoonA great deal has happened in our world since our last edition; wearing masks is not only de rigueur, but is now mandatory, children are experiencing distance learning, online shopping has taken over and our weekly gal-pal luncheons have been relegated to Zoom. Unlike most of the changes we have experienced throughout our lifetimes, this change is global and bigger than us. Russians, Vietnamese, Norwegians, Americans, Australians, and every other country, have been severely affected; not always in the exact same manner, however. The one common factor is that our world will never be quite the same again.

COVID-19 has stopped us in our tracks and forced us to take a long, hard look at ourselves, our family, community, country and the world. This is a good thing. The going is rough right now as countless people have lost their jobs, and families have lost their homes; however, hundreds of thousands have lost their lives. While we are breathing, we can push ahead and help build a new normal. Some of the changes are worth keeping a hold of; our skies are bluer due to reductions in air pollution and carbon emissions, fewer cars are crashing, crime is falling, and families are spending more time with each other, just to name a few, and our wonderful contributing writers have created some great articles to help us along the way.

Virginia Knudsen shows us how to mastermind during a shutdown; 2019 Teacher of the Year, Jeanette Lee, gives us an insight into what is going on with distance learning; Susan Feher has some great advice when it comes to homeschooling; Jennifer Florendo’s interview with Leisse Wilcox and Kimberly Malloy’s article help us with their insights into family and personal well-being; and if that isn’t enough, we have some great information about preparing your home to sell and Haya Kessler gives us the scoop on the Las Vegas property market; you will be surprised.

Hang in there and as the great Sir Winston Churchill advised; “If you are going through hell, keep going.”

Roselyn Poon