Author Archives: George Putnam

Lockdown in Vermont

We are nearly three months into the COVID-19 pandemic. How are we doing? Over on my other blog, The Switchel Traveler, I published statistics about the prevalence of the disease: COVID-19 in Vermont COVID-19 in Other States (especially New York … Continue reading

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To wipe or not to wipe?

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, should people wipe down their grocery purchases before putting them away at home? This post explores the expert advice on this question, how it has evolved, and how it has been reported. This is in … Continue reading

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Podcast Recommendation

Want to learn more about diseases such as COVID-19? I recommend This Podcast Will Kill You by Erin Welsh, PhD and Erin Allmann Updyke, PhD. Drs. Erin and Erin are disease ecologists and epidemiologists. They discuss the biology, history, and … Continue reading

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You Can’t Cheat A Pandemic

In the previous post (Where do you get news?) I discussed mainstream media such as the New York Times. But of course many of us get a portion of our news these days from social media. There is an essay … Continue reading

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Where do you get news?

Over on my other blog, The Switchel Traveler, I have been posting about the COVID-19 pandemic currently raging in the world. (Click here for all posts on that blog about that topic.) My question for this post: Where do you … Continue reading

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Democracy in the Mountains

The Varnum Memorial Library in my village of Jeffersonville, Vermont, recently hosted a talk titled “Democracy in the Mountains: The Vermont-Switzerland Connection” by Susan Clark. Several posts on this blog have discussed town meetings in New England generally, and specifically … Continue reading

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Simulacron-3

My previous post (Are we living in a simulation?) reminded me of a book that I read as a youth: the science fiction novel Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye. So, subsequent to writing that post, I pulled out my copy … Continue reading

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