more shameless plugs

Last month, I finally got around to reviewing and organizing the 170 odd posts I’d put up since starting this blog in January 2020. I thought that they might make up a book, strung around the theme of living through this pandemic. When I started, Mr. Corona was just making his way over from Wuhan and by this June it really felt like things were winding down, with so many restrictions set to be lifted July 1st and the Hopkins curves flattening out. Musing through a Pandemic. My Year-and-half with Mr. Corona turned into three books, volume I mainly about the virus and its effects on us (not all from the virus), volume II about the inter-personal relationships I turned to to get through, and volume III about the various indulgences we pursued to make life more bearable (there were many). I list below the brief descriptions of each book Amazon had me write.

Vol I.  My year and a half with Mr. Corona.  About Mr. Corona. A La-Z-Boy, a laptop, and a plague that keeps me there more than I’d like.  Musings arise, and thanks to WordPress, they get recorded and distributed.  With the worst of the pandemic seemingly passed, a considerable pile of said musings have accumulated.  In volume I, they all concern the coronavirus one way or another.  After all, it’s all we’ve been obsessing about.  Reading though the various entries, you can get a pretty good idea of what just hit us, and not all the hits were from Mr. Corona.

Vol II.  On the sidelines.  Interpersonal relationships. Here’s to all those people I had the privilege to bump into, especially during plague times.  You’ve made my life ever richer

Vol III.  On the sidelines.  Indulgences. The COVID pandemic has limited us from doing much of what we used to take for granted.  However, pursuit of happiness is a strong force – yea, a God-given right – and we all managed to find ways to do just that despite the lockdowns, restrictions, and social pressures.  In this volume, I recount some such forays.  Some are just reminiscences of past good times, but those can be a source of happiness, too.  Many recountings contain blueprints for more good times. Let ’em roll!

The books were each fat enough for Mr. Bezos to make up paperback versions. Of course, these cost more than the $3 Kindle versions, which have the advantage of working links. All the covers look alike, but the paperbacks are different from the Kindles.

You can access the books through my Amazon author’s page or by typing “Robert Ike” into the Amazon search bar. Be sure to use the quotation marks or you’ll get a bunch of books about Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Published by rike52

I retired from the Rheumatology division of Michigan Medicine end of June '19 after 36 years there. Upon hitting Ann Arbor for the second time (I went to school here) it took me almost 8 months to meet Kathy, 17 months to buy her a house (on Harbal, where we still live), and 37 months to marry her. Kids never came, but we've been blessed with a crowd of colleagues, friends, neighbors and family that continues to grow. Lots of them are going to show up in this log eventually. Stay tuned.

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