WHILE MY LIFETIME FOCUS REMAINS THE HUMANITIES, AFTER MANY YEARS OF ACADEMIC WRITING, WITH MY SENSE OF SARCASM HEIGHTENED, I HAVE RE-KINDLED MY INTEREST IN TRAVEL AND HUMOR. I AM NOW WORKING IN THE GENRE OF HUMOR AND RE-VISITING THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF LIFE. OF COURSE, I AM ALSO SEEKING AN AGENT AND A PUBLISHER FOR MY CURRENT WORK IN PROGRESS. IN THE INTERIM, I POST A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE HUMAN CONDITION.
Turning Over New Leaf
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Don’t Worry. Be Happy.
Your odds of getting Ebola are very slim. It is not yet
airborne. The disease, according to our government, spreads only through
contact with bodily fluids, including saliva, blood, vomit and sweat. There is
no need to stop travel to and from West Africa, especially since such action
could damage the African economy.
Another person with the Ebola virus has just been isolated
in a Texas hospital. He traveled from Liberia to Belgium to Dallas after
carrying a woman with the virus to a shelter in Africa. The government has
tracked down and isolated 100 others who came into contact with this man.
There was a quarantine provision in effect during the Bush
administration, but that has since been canceled. Instead, there are other government
processes, advisories, and protections in effect. Here are the best of them, so
1. Air passengers should wash their hands.
2. Follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for
3. Avoid travel to West African countries dealing with
4. Check the World Health Organization (WHO) website for
vaccines. There are many, just not for Ebola.
5. Buy life insurance when you travel (No, I don’t make this
Here is the most effective government plan at the
present time: All passengers traveling to the USA from West Africa must fill
out a form stating whether they have Ebola and whether they have come in contact
with someone with Ebola. The man who arrived in Dallas lied on his form, but
Liberia intends to prosecute him, if he recovers.