The sky, the sky!

By Marion Tucker-Honeycutt | Mar 19, 2020

As of this writing, we now have a whole three cases of “The Virus” recognized in our state. The sky is falling....

Meanwhile, as of a week ago, this season's flu season, as reported by the CDC, estimates that so far this season in the U.S. there have been at least 36 million flu illnesses, 370,000 hospitalizations and 22,000 deaths from flu.

At the same time, the CDC reported 1,678 coronavirus cases, death tally of 41.

I went to the supermarket Saturday with a small list: baked beans, crackers, frozen green peas, cottage cheese and butter.

The store looked like Venezuela or old Soviet Russia.

I headed first for butter. Of the five "butter shelves," there were 10 lbs. of butter on the bottom shelf. I still have butter at home, and I only use organic so I decided to go on by just as I almost got knocked over by a gal rushing past me to grab five of the 10 pounds of butter. She swirled around and with the butter clutched tight against her chest scurried back to her cart, furtively side-glancing one side to the other without moving her head, chin tucked in. I had the urge to throw up my hands and go “BOO.”

I went on down the aisle for cottage cheese. Only low-fat. No thanks. Coming back up past the butter, no butter. Not one pound.

As I rounded the corner, I glanced down the laundry/dish soap aisle. Empty. I almost always keep at least two to four weeks of foods and three to four weeks of cleaning supplies on hand. It’s nice, when I need something, to just have to go the cupboard.

I went past the glass-front meat counter. Totally empty. I said to the meat guy: "Are you SERIOUS?" He said corporate (corporate is down south) told them to clean it out so's not to interact directly with the customers. Just the open meat shelves were "open." No chicken, though. I glanced down the bread aisle. You guessed it. Empty. OK, on to the frozen vegetable aisle for green peas. No green peas. Empty shelves again. Now I just want to get my crackers and beans and be outta there. Not one soda cracker and only one lonely bent can of baked beans.

At the checkout aisle, I heard the bagger tell the checker that corporate had sent word to shut down the bakery tomorrow (Sunday) until further notice. By that criterion, can the deli be open much longer? If they close down the regular check-out aisles leaving only the self-serves, I'm done. I do not use them. I figure I'm paying to have my stuff bagged, no. 1 and no. 2, hopefully delaying the day the checkers will lose their jobs to machines.

(I also heard that the reusable bags they have taught us to use — no more plastic — are going to be banned because they are covered in germs from cars, floors, kitchens, multiple uses, etc., and can carry contagious diseases. And they can. But they insisted we use them. Few decisions these days are made after careful consideration of possible side-effects. People just have an idea pop in their head and run with it.)

I think what's contagious is insanity. Everyone and their grandmother all jammed together running around like bees on a hive. Way to spread it?

Today, one of my grandsons dropped by. His daughter's school is closed 'til the 21st of April. The courts are closed. I got an email from my church: “... to hold no church gatherings until further notice.” Sixty years in this church and never had this happen. I'm writing this on Sunday. Is Waldo County closed yet?

I do not want to think what will happen if we have a sudden, no-warning emergency, like a solar flare or EMP and we’re sitting at the kitchen table and the lights go out — for months. Maybe we should think of this exercise as a test-run. Make a list of the things you were out of and frantic to get. Start storing up by adding an extra can of this or box of that in the cart each week. It won’t take long to have a safety-level of essentials on hand. Be a good scout. Be prepared. Fill the lamps and trim the wicks time?

I'm not worrying about toilet paper. (I still haven’ figured that out, anyway.)

I always have plenty of popcorn on hand so I plan on sitting back and catching up on Netflix for a few weeks. Pull some books out of the bookcases, maybe finally get my paint pots out, all the while with visions of dandelions and fiddleheads dancing in my head.

I did send for a large bag of my dog's food even though I have enough to last another month. Not taking any chances with my doggie.

See you all on the other end.

Marion Tucker-Honeycutt, an award-winning columnist, is a Maine native and a graduate of Belfast schools, now living in Morrill. Her columns appear in this paper every other week.

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Comments (10)
Posted by: Patricia Keyes | Mar 26, 2020 10:03

They've known about Vitamin C, in combination with Vitamin D3, Zinc, etc, since the 1940's when they successfully used it on polio. When someone has a profit motive, they will lie. Modern science is replete with hoaxes. Scientists and researchers compete for grant money. They bend their results to please their donor. Remember the Brontosaurus? The guy who "found" it had to present a complete skeleton at his patron's banquet. He couldn't find the head. So he grabbed one from a nearby skeleton, and 'voile la', it became the brontosaurus. Within a short time, it was proven a fraud, as are all the "missing links" from chimp to human. Nebraska Man was the fictional story from an anthropologist who found an ancient peccary tooth, which we now know is exactly the same pig running around wild in Central America today.

Big pharma companies hold the research on their products. They set up a foundation at the CDC to accept "donations" from big pharma, and now, unless you start researching yourself, with the massive volume available to you online, you will be a cash cow for hucksters.

Every long term farmer knows that the number one way to deal with disease in their animals is to feed them properly. A properly fed animal is not susceptible to disease on a normal basis. Dr. Linus Pauling trumpeted the value of megadoses of vitamins decades ago. You believe the glass is half empty. You have that right. But I have rights, too and the glass is overflowing.

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Mar 23, 2020 19:48

"Dr. Robert F. Cathcart, M.D. says, "There has never been a documented situation in which sufficiently high dosing with vitamin C has been unable to neutralize or kill any virus against which is has been tested."

Complete and utter ignorance. That is a lie and a very dangerous one. There is ZERO research to back that claim up. That advice will get people killed!!!!!

Posted by: Patricia Keyes | Mar 23, 2020 19:05

While I acknowledge that we will get past this Covid-19 event, there are some serious consequences not being shared in the press.

Young people are NOT EXEMPT from the virus.  For those over 10-yrs-old, if you get the virus, and recover,

The consequences of this could be increased chance of fibriods, diminished health, and aggravation of pre-existing lung conditions like asthma!

Stay home, if not for your grandparents and elderly neighbors, then at least to save yourself from possible consequences.

The virus cell wall is greasy which allows it to stick to lung cells and inject the virus. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not remove the cells from your hands, and often do not come near to killing as much as you'd like. Hand soaps used for 30 seconds will do a better job. Dawn Dishwashing soap is specifically degreasing. It is safe on animals and people, doesn't harm fabric or hard goods, like the bottoms of your shoes after being out in a very public place, and I'd bet it's just as effective on viral cell walls as it is on flea eggs. It dissolves the emulsifiers (stick grease) that keep flea eggs intact, and I'm pretty sure it will do the same to any cell walls, as it also REMOVES the debris from your hands.

And, finally, Vitamin C taken in large doses, recommended for adults at 3000 mg or more per day, easily done in (1000) mg doses 3x's per day morning, noon, and night, will help keep you from being susceptible, and will definitely help if you do contract it. Adding Vitamin D3, Magnesium, Selenium, and Zinc also helps.

Dr. Robert F. Cathcart, M.D. says, "There has never been a documented situation in which sufficiently high dosing with vitamin C has been unable to neutralize or kill any virus against which is has been tested."

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Mar 22, 2020 09:07

In the US it took 2 months for the world infection rate to 100,000. The next 100,000 took 12 days

Should read;

it took 2 months for the world infection rate to 100,000. The next 100,000 took 12 days

You either service or you die

Should read;

You either survive or you die.

I wish this site had an edit feature.

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Mar 22, 2020 09:05

Marion I will add a simple virology, immunology lesson for you.

This is a coronavirus that has jumped species to humans hence "Novel Coronavirus". This is the first time humans have been exposed to it.

There is no vaccine and there won't be one for at least a year.

There is no treatment.

There is no cure.

You either service or you die and there's very little the medical system can do for you.

If you have underling medical conditions you see at the CDC site you are at risk of not surviving.

IF you are elderly you are at risk of not surviving.

If you smoke you are at risk of not surviving.

Our medical system is already overwhelmed so what do you think is going to happen when the infection rate rapidly climbs the vertical end of the infection curve.

In the US it took 2 months for the world infection rate to 100,000. The next 100,000 took 12 days. That is how this works.

You are free to research all of this but somehow I think you'll just blow it off.

Good luck.


There is no treatment

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Mar 22, 2020 08:35

The complete and utter ignorance of the writer of this column is beyond belief. A pandemic created by a highly contagious virus that humans have never been exposed to that is killing 1000s everyday and he males it sound like, hmmmm, what does he make it sound like???? Oh yeah, a hoax! Where have we heard that before.
If you look at a virus infection curve we are about at the elbow where it almost turns into straight line up.
Here's some reality for you Marion. The virus as ~2.5% fatality rate. If 90 million Americans become infected that will be 2,250,000 dead. Dwell on that for  a while.

Posted by: William Kulbe | Mar 22, 2020 07:20

Sad that she is so flippant regarding a true international  emergency.  While important to keep our spirits up, it is vital that Americans  understand the seriousness of following the CDC guidelines (yes, even in Maine) so that we can avoid the tragedy unfolding in Italy.

Posted by: Seth Thayer | Mar 22, 2020 06:18

Village Soup...This column should be removed as it could hurt or even kill people.

Posted by: Nancy E. Hinckley | Mar 21, 2020 07:20

I’m surprised that this was published.  As a reminder, people should be following these guidelines right now:

Posted by: Seth Thayer | Mar 21, 2020 05:56

What an irresponsible column.

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