If you’re a germaphobe, make sure you’re sitting down.
Back in 1999, a woman in California cleaned up rodent droppings in her home. Two weeks later, her liver started failing. Then she started to bleed internally — a hemorrhagic fever that would kill her. Eventually doctors found a new virus in her body, which very likely came from a rat.
Over in the Midwest, the problem has been new tick-borne diseases, some deadly. And in New England, doctors are dealing with a disease that causes Lyme-like symptoms but is caused by a different bacteria.
The pattern continues across the country and across the world. A spike in new infectious diseases is the new normal.
Everything Before Us (2015), dir. Wesley Chan & Philip Wang
❝You’re trying to make love easier but you’re missing the whole point. It’s not supposed to be. It’s supposed to test you, break you down, and hurt like hell. And who you chose to go through that with, that’s what’s really important.❞
“Here’s the truth: friendships between women are often the deepest and most profound love stories, but they are often discussed as if they are ancillary, “bonus”
relationships to the truly important ones. Women’s friendships outlast
jobs, parents, husbands, boyfriends, lovers, and sometimes children.”