Tumultuous Times

It has been a crazy week (well, two weeks) in the United States. I've had several people from outside the United States write and ask if I was doing OK. I appreciate the concern; expressions such as that are very kind.

Not to worry, though. I live in a small, rural Wyoming town. There are no large cities close by, with the next largest being 35 miles away and just a bit more than 10,000 people. (By the world's standards, there really are NO large cities in Wyoming. It is the least populated of all 50 states.)

We have seen no problems here, and I don't anticipate any. There is a protest scheduled for today, but protests in our area don't draw that much attention or participation. Here, for instance, is a report on one held in Rock Springs, a town 65 miles away with over 10 times our population:

Peaceful Protest for George Floyd and Police Start in Rock Springs

Notice that the protest was considered a success because it drew 10 participants. (Such is Wyoming life.)

COVID-19 has not hit us hard at all. We are, due to the nature of Wyoming, already "socially distanced." We have had, last time I checked, 17 deaths in the entire state and none in our county.

All in all, we are doing well. I hope you are doing well wherever you may be in these tumultuous times.


WordTips (menu) for 6 June 2020

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Turning Off Automatic Captioning

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Develop a document that is to be reviewed by a group of people, and you may want to protect it in some way. One way you can protect it is to make sure that people can only add comments to the document and not make changes to the text. Here's how to do this trick.

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