this too shall pass
Updated: Mar 20, 2020
During times of worry or stress... or panic, one of the smartest things anyone can do is turn to the wisdom and perspective of our elders. At 93 years old, few are as eld as Queens resident Miriam Bly.
I was born in 1926. But I dinstinctly remember my mother telling stories of the influenza epidemic of 1918. It lasted for just under three years. Many refer to it as the “Spanish Flu,” although, today, we would call it H1N1. It ended in December of 1920. By then about 500 million people had been infected at one point or another. That was a third of the world’s population. Of that number, about 50 million people died. (keep in mind this was