Episode 73 – POLcast on COVID-19 (#2)


The pandemic…

Every day brings us new numbers – every single one of them represents someone whose life has been affected by this horrifying pandemic that has changed our world in ways we could not have imagined or predicted. Someone infected or deceased. Those numbers keep growing every day and we all pray or wish for the day when we hear that they have begun to drop. 

It’s a time of emergency and nothing around us is normal. As I announced to you last time, for the duration of the pandemic, I will be presenting to you various experts and practitioners working tirelessly to beat the virus in many different ways. POLcast has now been transformed to COVID-19 themed podcast and will be released more frequently that once a month – maybe every two or three weeks, depending on how much strength I will have to produce it. 

The risk is obvious, but it doesn’t matter

In my last POLcast episode 72, I presented to you my conversation with Dr. Rafal KustraAssociate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. This was your encounter with science. 

Today – the pandemic as experienced by someone who risks her life every day, a front line worker. Izabella (Bella) Tinc lives in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and works in a long-term care facility. She is a mother of 5 (3 boys and 2 girls) – two of her children are from foster care.

Polish Easter

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday – we are going to spend it in ways that no-one has ever experienced before… 

At the beginning of March, long before we realized the full scope of what was going on around us, I recorded a conversation with Maria Różanska of Just Be Cooking about Polish Easter traditions, which are all about being together, having the easter basket blessed in church, sharing hard boiled eggs with family members and relatives the same way we share oplatek (the wafer) before Christmas Eve dinner. None of this is going to happen this year the way it normally does. But – I thought I will let you listen to this interview – so that you can learn about Polish Easter traditions, some of which we will try to keep during our first solitary Easter which we will spend only with our closest family members. Some of those traditions will also be observed in many households where people will be alone. Maria talks about Polish Easter as it has always been, for years, and as we hope we will experience it every time after this year…



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