COVID-19 has upended our lives with school closures, business shutdowns, layoffs and general uncertainty over when life will return to normal. The Daily Reflector wants to know who has made a difference in how you are coping with this pandemic.

Editor’s note: The Rev. Richard Ottaway was an associate rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville from 1959-1964 and priest at Trinity Episcopal Church in Chocowinity. Story

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East Carolina football players left for spring break early in March on the heels of what Pirate second-year coach Mike Houston described as a stellar offseason to that point in terms of player strength and other areas.


East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin is planning on three seniors — pitchers Tyler Smith, Matt Bridges and Cam Colmore — to be seniors again next year, pending an NCAA ruling that would allow seniors, at least in spring sports, to be eligible for one more season.

East Carolina athletics director Jon Gilbert announced Thursday the contract of head volleyball coach Julie Torbett will not be renewed.

The Chinese Wuhan flu virus and the Democratic party have done their best to crash the American economy. COVID-19 is causing major disruptions in how we live our lives and spend our money.

So this is what retirement feels like? Am enjoying sleeping in, but I think I’d rather go back to work. (Did I really just write that?)

The line outside Costco wrapped from the front entrance down the entire length of the building. Only a few at a time were allowed inside to keep the store from overcrowding. This seemed ridiculous. Why would so many stand in a drizzling rain for so long? Was it because they heard Costco had …

Please, please. Why are being subjected to seeing the commercial of “Carl” and his friend “Dandruff” on TV at least 20 to 25 times a day? Come on Suddenlink — you can do better than this! It is playing even as I write this! Obviously, the product is not working for Carl.

I talked with my neighbor over the fence today. He looked terrible so I asked if he had the virus. “No, I never realized the danger of being quarantined with a trophy wife!” I encouraged him to walk on through the storm, to have courage and make us all proud.

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The precise course of the COVID-19 outbreak and its medical, social, and even political consequences are impossible to know at this writing. But there is at least one thing state lawmakers and other policymakers can take for granted: North Carolina’s economy is in recession.

Q DEAR HARRIETTE: I just went to the doctor and had to speak to an administrator. When our meeting was over, she reached out to give me a fist bump. I was so surprised, I wasn’t sure what to do. At least she wasn’t offering me her hand to shake — but seriously? She works at a health institut…

Q Dear Carolyn: So I have come to the sad conclusion that my aunt hates me, and there is nothing I can do about it. I went to live with my grandmother, her mom, after losing my parents. My grandmother is and has always been very good to me. Losing my dad was very hard for my grandmother, but…

“Smart people don’t get bored,” my friend announced when I told her that a lot of people were getting bored from the home-confinement imposed by the ongoing pandemic.