How COVID Might Transform Our World – A Historical Perspective – Dr. Alan Glazier

Thank you to Andre Biscoe for the beautiful photo of Georgetown!

Greetings,

I hope you are enjoying a lot of quality time at home with your family or alone with yourself. I believe that COVID-19 is an act of GOD to teach us another lesson and awaken us to surrender and let go of control and our attachments to the material world, to face our own inner darkness and fears, test our patience, our truths, our faith in Him, and our love for humanity and also for his beautiful Earth and its natural existence. Have you noticed the past month or so that the flowers and leaves are so rich in colors, the water and sky so blue and clear, and the sun so happy shining upon you? Even on rainy days, I think the rain sounds like it is singing outside of my windows instead of crying. We have been so greedy in the material world that we have disrespected the natural world of the Universe in which God had created for us all to share and to enjoy in peace and harmony. Well, enough about my thoughts, I will share more on a later post. In the meantime, below is an article written by one of my very fun and fearless masculine titan clients, Dr. Alan Glazier that I thought you might enjoy reading from a historical perspective.

Just over 100 years ago we dealt with the first major pandemic of the post-industrialized world, the 1918 influenza pandemic. This pandemic claimed 50 million lives or 2.5% of the world’s population at the time. The flu came in three waves, the first being relatively mild, then approximately 5 months later a second wave that was more lethal and a third and final wave in early 1919 that was intermediate in severity between the two. It was the worst pandemic since the black death, approximately 500 years earlier. Studying past pandemics and extrapolating social and economic changes that occurred post-pandemic offer some window into what our post COVID world might look like, for better or worse. Fortunately, there were many positive changes to society that came out of an even worse pandemic.

Thank you Mary Chrystalene for the beautiful photo from your bike ride!

From a health care standpoint, countries came out of the 1918 pandemic with recognition of the increased importance of the need to coordinate health care internationally. There were several international organizations founded to combat a future global threat including the now-defunct League of Nations which partially morphed into today’s World Health Organization (WHO). (1)  The 1920s witnessed a rebirth of interest in socialized medicine in many countries, but the US leaned towards instituting employer-based insurance plans. Although different countries took different directions, all nations took steps to consolidate and expand access to healthcare in post flu years. We are facing the reality of a fragmented health care system with a large, aging population and the likelihood of future pandemics we aren’t prepared for. It’s likely that the healthcare debate will be even more front-and-center than it has in the past and is likely to impact the upcoming election more than it may in a pre-COVID world.

Love my neighbor’s front yard on North 22nd Street.

Economically things fared somewhat better. Most of the economic effects of the 1918 influenza pandemic were short-term. Businesses in the service and entertainment industries suffered the greatest losses, but businesses that specialized in health care products experienced a net increase in revenues subsequent to the period of downturn. This bodes well for the eye care industry. Cities and states that experienced greater mortality rates experienced a greater increase in wage growth; states with larger mortality rates resulted in increasingly higher rates of growth in per capita income after the pandemic

Environmentally we already see some “clouds lifting” (pun intended) that hopefully will result in more permanent and positive medium-to-long-term changes. In Beijing and LA smog has lifted and air quality across the US has improved dramatically. Locals in Venice have noticed how clear the water appears perhaps due to the lack of motorboats and general crowds and pollution. These clearer waters have even led to wildlife appearing in the canals with swans, fish and more spotted in recent days. (2)

Beautiful photo of Lancaster, California from my beautiful niece Bella.

Socially, the recentering of family life seems to be occurring; general social trends such as people reconnecting with loved ones for an extended period of time for the first time in a long time. Citizens are coming together at their own risk to help the sick regardless of race or political party. Crime rates are down and looting, predicted to be a big issue hasn’t been a problem as of the time this article was published. When this is all over it is likely many people will have renewed appreciation for social contact. Business owners whose business survives will be better prepared to survive future crises and employees and business owners will have a newfound appreciation for each other.

From a medical and scientific angle, society is learning about the value of social distancing as a method of avoiding disease. It is possible that in hindsight this pandemic was a shot across the bow that saves us from an even worse pandemic, maybe even saves our society at some point. Social distancing was something most of society paid little attention to in terms of importance during previous epidemics and pandemics. The world-wide emphasis on the importance of social distancing is a lesson that’s likely to stick with our society, helping us to better survive pandemics in the future when they occur. The intense drive to find a cure will not only lead to a deeper understanding of virology of influenza viruses and the database of knowledge gleaned from these efforts will undoubtedly lead to new, improved therapies and advances in public health and biotechnology. People will be more aware of the importance of handwashing and other hygienic advice and incorporate them into their daily lives, increasing the general health of the population subsequent to this pandemic.

If past pandemics are any lesson, we can look forward to benefitting from what now are painful lessons for our society and take steps to mitigate damage from future pandemics. In the meantime, there are signs that while painful, there is hope that good things will come out of these trying and difficult times.

Photo by moi of Historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

How to Attract a Taurus Goddess.

Water, solitude, sunshine, and something pink and soft=my recipe for peace and happiness.

On behalf of my Taurus sister goddesses, I am dedicating this post to all the titans out there who have not had much luck in attracting and keeping a Taurus goddess in a romantic relationship. The good news is that there is hope. We just have to share with you a few simple secrets that you can try out. Honestly, we are what you see is what you get goddesses. Just keep reading this post and you will know how. Soon you will be the titan that your Taurus goddess adores and you can thank me with flowers and chocolates later. (smiles)

To understand a Taurus goddess, you must first know that she is a fixed earth sign, and she is ruled by Venus, the goddess of love, beauty, and sensuality. Born during the most beautiful season of the year, between April 20 and May 20, she is earthy, loving, sensual, passionate, grounded, loyal, nurturing, dependable, practical, persistent, independent, creative, soulful, and deeply a romantic at heart.  She can also be very determined and stubborn if she truly believes in something. Once her mind is made up, it is often difficult to convince her to change it, especially when she has decided she is done with you. There is no turning back and it will take a whole lot of convincing to win her back or earn her trust again.

The Taurus goddess loves all things beautiful and pleasing to the senses. That includes people and surroundings as well. She is the most sensual sign in the zodiac. So anything that brings beauty, love, comfort, luxury, and of quality to her life will catch her attention. Even though she is modern and forward thinking, she still appreciates old fashion courtship and chivalry from the titans in her life. So little thoughtful actions such as opening the door for her, walking her to the car, picking her up for a date and then calling or sending her a note after to say thank you and to make sure she is home safely mean more to her than any expensive gifts that you can ever buy.

Nature therapy with my young Goddess in training and Angel advisor, Kiwi Love.

The Taurus goddess is ultra-feminine and is quite popular with the opposite sex. But because she exudes so much love and light that even children and animals are also drawn to her powerful essence. If you are interested in a Taurus goddess, then you must stand out from the rest of the men that are after her. Read on below and find out how. This is just my personal opinion only, but I know it will help you attract and keep any goddess in your life forever and not just Tauruses! (Smiles)

Masculinity: No matter what….never give your alpha-maleness and masculine-titan-power away! But make sure that when in private, you are capable of being open, sensitive and connect with her on an emotional level. And when you are polished and intelligent and know handy tasks to assist her, then she will be yours!

Chivalry: One of the things I am most bothered by is when a titan does not have polished manners. I personally have experienced this as well as seen it. The goddess must always walk on the protected side of the street, does not matter left or right in my opinion. When she offers to pay or to drive, you should not let her do so. She will automatically put you in the friend zone. Why? Because you will fall into the “too nice” “too sweet” and then she would never feel safe with you. A Taurus goddess wants a titan who respects and adores her, but who can lead the way and know how to take charge! Most importantly, never use profanity or unpleasant language around her. You just don’t do that ever!

Honesty: Game playing and secrets are not appealing to a Taurus goddess. Be open, be honest, and be real. She loves it!

Confidence: You can be confident and fearless without being arrogant. Speaking your mind when something bothers you is quite attractive. That also includes knowing what you want and saying no without guilt is another sexy manly trait. Taking action to achieve a goal is even hotter!

Generosity: No goddess wants to be with a cheap and calculating titan. And no matter how many times she offers, do not ever let her pay for you in public! You will for sure end up in the forever friend zone. (Ex. if you are out with a goddess and her girlfriends, you must take care of all of them, not just her!) This may be a cultural thing and many of you may disagree with me. But the way I was brought up is that the titan always pays. It does not matter if he is a family member, friend, or business associate young or old, he pays when out in public with a female. It makes him look good, but it also shows that he respects the female he is with.

Kindness: It is not about how kind you are to the goddess you are with, but also how you treat those around you, and that includes your family, your friends, your co-workers, children, plants and animals!

Intelligence: Need I say more? You have to be intelligent to keep a Taurus goddess interested in you!

Security: A Taurus goddess is very capable of taking care of herself financially, but she likes to be pampered and protected. Knowing that you are good with finances and that you are successful in your work makes her feel comforted knowing that the future with you will be provided for should she decide to be a sexy stay at home domesticated goddess keeping everything at home tidy, comfortable, and beautiful for you and cooking you 5-star gourmet delicious meals!

Conversations: A titan who can engage in conversations of all sorts and if he is a good listener, WOW!

Model-Yogi-Healer-Taurus goddess soulmate, Christina will be back from Mykonos this Fall leading yoga and meditation sessions at my sanctuary.

Grooming: It is very attractive when a titan takes care of his appearance and health. But remember, we would not want you to spend more time in front of the mirror than we do. Keep your style powerful, polished, refined, yet relaxed depending on the occasion. But, please keep those cartoony-colorful ties, underpants, and happy socks out of her sight. They are not sexy and will turn her off forever!

Family: The Taurus goddess loves her family and is attached to them. So you must love her family as well as be close to yours.

Privacy: Taurus goddesses love our quiet intimate quality time with you. We don’t need to share you with the world. We like to know that you are ours and ours only. Others do not need to know the intimate details of our relationship.

Romance: This is almost as important as chivalry. Little acts of kindness, soft unexpected sensual touches, and simple surprises like hand-picked flowers or a voicemail or text in the middle of the day to say you miss her or thinking of her are very romantic and will make her heart melt with pleasure.

Bedroom Passion: This is last, but probably one of the most important if you want a Taurus goddess to be a forever loyal lover to you. She is sensual and loves sexual pleasure. She likes it slow, passionate, tender and intimate, yet rough and intense. She likes it real and natural. Using toys and funny looking objects will not turn her on. You must seduce, entice, and tease her with your natural masculine energy. Take the time to feel every minute of what you are experiencing with her, be present and in the moment. Be spontaneous, adventurous, go with the flow, let your heart rule when making love to her. A Taurus goddess loves a titan who knows how to take charge in the bedroom as well as outside of the bedroom. What is even sexier is when you need guidance on how to bring her pleasure, and you are not afraid to ask her to show you!

We love white and cotton sheets! Comfort luxury for sure!

Keep the bedroom simple and clean. White and cotton are sexy!

If you are currently dating or married to a Taurus goddess, consider yourself very blessed!

There is one more thing that you should know. It takes a lot to get a Taurus goddess upset because she is ruled by Venus and is naturally loving and prefers peace over war by nature. She is patient and can tolerate a lot. But if you disrespect her, we will be worse than fire, windstorm and thunder all together. She will leave you forever and never look back. She is a female bull! 🙂