We are reaching the one-year anniversary of the official beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. There is some evidence that it may have been here as early as October 2019 but that is a story for someone else.

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Facebook memories are popping up that remind us how different life was a year ago and how much it's changed since then. It was a year ago, February 22nd, 2020, that Randy Houser played the last country at Touch of Texas on Upper Front Street in Binghamton. They still aren't open now and I don't know when they will be back.

As we continue to get closer to the one-year mark, it's bringing a renewed focus and frustration on what's going on around us. As the U.S. nears the 500,000 Covid death toll, we are looking for a place to turn for peace.

You aren't going to find that by watching the national news media. Turn off the TV and change your focus. One suggestion I have is to listen to 98.1 the Hawk, I find that helps me every day...especially Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. I might be biased but it's worked for me for over 25 years.

If the world is still getting you down then try reading a Book. The world can't take away what the world didn't give you and reading this Book can give you peace along with joy and faith.

I don't have faith in the world but the Book has it. Faith can change me and my focus in the situation. Focusing on the wrong thing can bring sleepless nights and migraine headaches.

Many of us are focusing on the events of the past year and we are fearful of what's ahead. Fear is real but I don't have to live in it. Fear may be riding in my car but I'm not going to let it drive. I choose to go here to let go of the fear in my life.

If you are still feeling fearful, frustrated, or hopeless instead of hopeful, you can always contact the Crisis Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-Talk (8255) where help is always available.

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