The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This Truth was never greater than the present, when we are experiencing the ugly tragedy of Covid-19. The proof and best evidence that you and I will not only get through this affliction, but that we shall become stronger, was never clearer than it is now. Time after time I have seen how people in Lake County reach out to help someone. We have always risen up individually and as a community to support one another. We have demonstrated this Truth countless times by reaching out to a neighbor, and even total strangers, as they might to a person in their family. Why should it be otherwise? We are all a part of the Human Family. We are blessed. We are off the beaten track a bit, a County separated, without a railroad. Surrounded by a half dozen volcanoes, you and I live near one of the finest lakes in the world and with the purest air anywhere. When a catastrophe like Covid-19 strikes us all unaware and unprepared, along with its evil, the people of our entire small County rise to the occasion to help. I’ve watched a hundred small and large instances when people reached out to strangers to help, to do something that makes the difficulty less. In no other place in this world does that principle take greater command and make the travail a little less onerous to bear than here, in Lake County. Like so many of our older folk, who also live alone, my good friend Claudine’s phone call, to see if I was alright, was only one of the calls I received. Linda, my good neighbor, and other fine folks I know, have phoned to asked me, ‘Since we are going to the store, do you need anything?’ I’ve had emails from people just checking on me, who cared enough to reach out to me to offer help, despite their own trials and tribulations. Meals on Wheels, has been helped by dozens of new volunteers to distribute food to the older, disabled and those people who are alone. I mentioned to one such new volunteer, that since I was sheltered in place, and no longer shopping, ‘Next week, instead of two meals, since I no longer to go out to shop, can you bring me an extra meal or two without depriving anyone else?’ Instantly, with no further word that angel went to the car and added to what I usually receive, a potful of things; a loaf of bread, cartons of milk and other good surprises. The telephone is a fine therapeutic device. When we phone each other to help someone know they are not alone, we help ourselves feel less alone. Helping others is our mission. Recall the words I’ve said once or twice? All we leave on this small blue world whirling in space, and our time on earth is finished, is what we have done for others. A single phone call… or an email, helps to stave off the loneliness of the person you call, and stave off our own loneliness of having to ‘shelter in place’. No person is ever alone. Kept in our houses with no one around, know that there are others nearby who want to help and comfort you. We humans are a species that have never become true loners. We need each other and, as much as some of us seem to be independent with no need of other people, we are not. Humans are hard-wired to be a single wonderful organism. That one single, magnificent quality in each one of us, insures we shall not only survive, one day we shall accomplish miracles undreamed of. Cleo, my cat, and I are happy we live in Lake County.