I am sure that most of us are carefully monitoring the “bless your heart” section of the newspaper to garner some important data.

I don’t know about you, but for me, this section of the newspaper opens a window on the emotional temperature of our fellow citizens. The unreserved expressions of “gut-feeling” that populates this section is a barometer that measures our general status of mind.

This is what I have observed.

Over the last few weeks, there has been skepticism about receiving the COVID-19 shots, followed by ambivalent middle-distance acceptance.

This has now been replaced by impatience, since there is clear realization that getting a shot will lead directly to our recovery and a more normal way of life.

And now that some shots have been provided, there are generous expressions of praise and relief.

The leaders of our health department, our hospital system and our municipalities are implementing needed changes as hard and as fast as they can with the resources at hand.

Of course, I will continue to monitor for continued and escalating progress.

But one must give credit where credit is due.

We are witnessing the creation of a completely new system and set of processes — from scratch!

It will take the cooperation of humans who have not need to meaningfully communicate for decades.

This is an opportunity for all of us to help in any way that we can.

I am ready. Send me in coach!

Paul Cunningham


Cunningham is the retired dean of the Brody School of Medicine.

Contact Bobby Burns at baburns@reflector.com and 329.9572.