Covid-19 My personal experience of every-day life in Milan, Italy, and summary of Italian News translated into English. Hope you enjoy and find it helpful and informative (I’ll try my best).

Milan, Italy, 13th of March, 2020.  

Positive cases n. 14.955; Deaths: n. 1.266; Recovered: n.1.439. 

I believe that although we’re only at the beginning of this pandemic we’ve already had some good news coming our ways. 

My mother’s eighty-two and lives across the hall from me so I understand how difficult this can be for the most vulnerable but it’s my belief that with the proper information and prevention we can ALL be safe.  

As I’m living in the epicentre of the western world epidemic and have the luck of speaking both English and Italian, I can easily translate the Italian News thus making it more accessible to English speaking people.  

I will also try to report on every-day life in Milan with the purpose to show that life goes on as usual albeit with a few adjustments due to the health situation 🙂  

My advice? Act as if Covid-19 were already a national emergency and act accordingly.  

Here in Milan, our hospitals, all over the country, are currently using “Tocilizumab” which has been proven to speed up recovery of patients on respirators/ventilators. Its typical use is for rheumatoid arthritis but at the Cotugno hospital of Naples, Italy, MD. Paolo Ascierto, president of the Melanoma Foundation and head of the Oncology, Immune therapy and Innovative therapies of the National Institute for Tumours, IRCCS Pascale, has said it’s proving very effective in treating Covid-19 pneumonia on a off-label basis, i.e., not for the illness it is usually prescribed for (Rheumatoid Arthritis), with great results. The pharmaceutical company Roche supplies it free of charge.  

Germany is distributing test kits all over Europe, once we have more access to tests things will improve exponentially. Meanwhile self-isolate, do not visit with family and friends, do not go to crowded places.  

The virus might prove to be air transmitted which would mean it would have the potential to travel EVERYWHERE so start protecting yourselves and your loved ones ahead of time.  

Right now, in Italy, we’re not allowed to leave our homes apart from going to work (by either car or public transport), going to the supermarkets and chemists or to take our pets out. City parks are also off-limits.  

The above mention activities we are still allowed to engage in, must only be undertaken if absolutely necessary, on our own, wearing ppf3 masks and nitrogen gloves and by carrying a self-declaration document that attests and justifies our movements. This is good because it’ll halt the spreading of the virus and allow both patients to recover and medical staff to deal with the emergency before becoming overwhelmed.  

There’s no food shortage as goods are allowed to move freely and supermarkets receive fresh products daily hence no need to panic.  

The only items which are proving difficult to find are disinfectants, especially alcohol-based ones, nitrogen gloves and ppf3 masks so now it’s a good time to stock up on them together with disposable tissues and paper towels.  

Also, items like fresh milk, fruit and vegetables are harder to find at the weekend when more people go to the supermarket hence, whenever possible, we try to shop during the week days. 

Those who are able to work from home (smart work), are encouraged to do so while those who have no other option but going into their usual places of work – think doctors, nurses, cashiers, etc., – will be sent home the minute there’s a single case of infection in the work environment in order to self-isolate (quarantine is not the correct wording as it means forty days), for a fortnight to make sure they don’t develop the symptoms and spread the virus further.  

Obviously, all of this has dire consequences on the economy but right now it seems the most sensible option and I hope all countries will soon implement the same measures; the sooner the better.  

#MeToo – Gone too far.

In this post I am replying to an article I saw published on Elephant Journal entitled: “Dear Men: if you answer YES to any of these questions, you may be the reason someone else says, Me, Too.”

I am not anti-feminist, in fact I am a strong supporter of women’s rights but too much is too much. Although I enjoyed reading the above mentioned article and found a lot of truth in it, I would like to point out where, in my opinion, this #MeToo movement is taking things too far.

Here’s my take on the author’s questions; both from personal experience, i.e., similar or same experiences that have happened to me, and from my point of view:

Below, the questions raised in the article and my answers to them:

” Have you ever touched a person without his/her express consent?”

Well, I’ve been touched many times without my consent but no big deal, usually a firm WTF ends the unwanted attention.

“Have you ever asked a woman why she wasn’t smiling or told her she’d look better if she smiled?”

OK, this happens a lot and I admit that it is extremely annoying — especially if one’s cat has just died — for it portraits the nasty stereotype that women should just smile and open their legs, no matter what. So Kudos Here to the author!
“Have you ever sent an unsolicited message commenting on a stranger’s looks?”

Very annoying but easily dismissed.
“Have you ever catcalled another person?”

Hello! I grew up in Italy. is this a joke? Daily, of course. It’s harmless and might even make one smile as she/he walks away.
“Have you ever made an inappropriate sexual joke?”

Better an inappropriate sexual joke than a racist, anti-Semitic one. Just don’t laugh — lest you find it funny — and look at the person with a long, blank stare instead.
“Have you ever shown your genitals to someone without their express request? This could be in person or by message. (If you’ve ever sent an unsolicited d*ck pic, this is you.)”

I was seventeen, it was late evening in Winter, I was walking down a very dark, narrow street in London when, pushed against a brick wall, really close to me, a guy opened his raincoat and flashed me. Bit of a shock but I walked on unharmed. Much worse that time in Italy when the same thing happened — albeit in broad day light — and the guy proceeded to show me what looked like — to my very quick glance — a cut-off penis on a piece of cardboard. Walked away more quickly than in the instance above and remained — to this day — rather puzzled but again nothing to keep me up at night.
“Have you ever flirted with or made sexual advances to a person who could be considered subordinate to you in a professional situation?”

Oh, please, of course they have. Most of them if they had a chance. Perhaps to the secretary with the fake boobs, the short skirt, high heels and fake lips? Plain Jane, I assume, was spared the un-wanted attention and the huge amount of work that it took to keep them at bay while keeping the job. I am not contradicting myself here. Let’s not forget that just as (most) women have an instinctive protective nature, (most) men have an instinctive urge to spread their semen to populate the World. Some things are just in the genes and it takes a very evolved person to correct that in themselves.
“Have you ever laughed at jokes about rape or assault?”

I guess things like Trump saying, “they want to be pussy-grabbed.” Bad taste is bad taste. Without action on intent it isn’t illegal.
“Have you ever put your hands on a man/woman without their permission while dancing in a club or bar?”

For real?! Does the author live in a Mormon community?!?!
“Have you ever had sex with a person who was inebriated and, therefore, incapable of providing consent?”

Well, if you have, that’s RAPE. (Finally a decent — no pun intended — question).
“Have you ever continued to touch someone who said no?”

Of course they have, sometimes it takes a bit more effort to push them away but, as long as the final result IS to push them away, again, not much harm done. Life’s a bitch; assertiveness is a daily constant, not just physically but — even more difficult to realize — emotionally too.
“Have you ever made repeated sexual advances to someone who has said no?”

Well then you are a resilient son of a bitch who, I hope, got punched in the nose and now feels like a total idiot – that you are – yet, if your “repeated” sexual advances were successfully aborted, there’s no legal case there either.
Why am I, a woman and a feminist writing this? Because I have had most of the experiences described above — and much, much worse — through the course of my life thus, I can make the difference between sexual harassment and idiocy.

Also, I am no celebrity looking for publicity (thank god), and I’m smart enough to acknowledge that if I walk around scantily dressed and acting provocatively I might be sending out “wrong” signals.
A final example. In my late teens, at a casting, the guy took me to his office and asked me to perform a fellatio on him. I told him he was disgusting, walked away an enrolled in university. Personal choices…
Let’s cut the average bloke some slack and concentrate on real sexual offenders, of which there are many, in varied, disgusting forms. Shall we?

Compulsive Positive Thinking (CPT) The New Creed

WOH…Don’t you throw your negative energy at me!

l’m neither a psychologist nor a psychiatric (who must be immune to it or else are not superficial and selfish arseholes).

l’ll only talk bullshit as, you see, l’ve been brain-washed by Compulsive Positive Thinking (CPT), which–by the way– goes a long way to keep lay people in their places to the benefit of those in power.

In fact, in this Fear-Based Society, be scared, be very scared of the smallest negative thought for its consequences will be but certain catastrophe.

I can vouch for this by the multitude of people who are living horrible lives thanks to my negative opinions of them. If only…

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for mindfulness but all within limits.

Imagine, if you will, someone like Mother Theresa telling the leprechauns she dedicated her life work to, to stop whining; to stop suffering; that their negative thinking had caused their illnesses.different peopleYeah, maybe, perhaps…who knows for sure.

Do you?

But the real question is: Where is your heart? your compassion? your empathy?

Countless other examples could be made which would mean nothing unless one was walking in the other person’s shoes in this dualist world we ALL live in.

Self Love & Acceptance ~ Awakening to Yourself

Brilliant and inspiring piece, everyone should read, by the lovely Ms Lisa Colburn 🙂

Conscious Healings ~ Metaphysical Blog Providing Intuitive Spiritual Guidance

There has been a common theme lately with folks that I have been encountering, either in my personal life or with my healing work. After taking a few weeks off article writing, unsure of where to go next with things, this topic jumped out to me and I knew right away it was something that needed to be discussed. As an intuitive and empath, I can feel the energy of the collective, which is very different than an individual energy. Many people can feel this energy and are tuned in, but do not realize it is far greater than just their own feelings. It is far more powerful and the vibration feels like it literally extends through the entire earth and into our core, connecting is to all souls and the Universe. This often happens when many people begin to feel similarly, at the same time or are dealing with…

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Opening and Activating The Chakras by Deepak Chopra

Clicking on the link below will take you to you tube to listen to a Luverly guided meditation by Deepak Chopra on opening and activating the seven Chakras–or energy centers– whilst taking some time off from the hectic pace of life.

A concise description of the content of the meditation is written below the link, for your convenience.

Enjoy!

Chakras Meditation Guided by Deepak Chopra

1st Chakra ~ Root Chakra ~ Located at the Base of the Spine ~ The Colour we visualise is Red ~ Mantra: Om Dakini  Namaha (I Activate My Security) ~ to Gain Peace, Security and Safety; to Find Grounding ~ Focusing thought: My Life Energy Protects and Secure Me.

2nd Chakra ~ Sacral Chakra ~ Located just Below the Navel ~ the Colour we visualise is Orange ~ Mantra: Om Rakini Namaha (I Activate My Happiness) ~ to Activate the Ever-Present Source of Happiness, Creativity, Pleasure and Joy ~ Focusing thought: My Life Energy Is Bringing Me Pleasure.

3d Chakra ~ Power Centre ~ Located in the Solar Plexus, Navel Region ~ The Colour we visualise is Yellow ~ Mantra: Om Lakini Namaha (I Activate My Power) ~ To Activate a Balanced, Power Centre bringing Confidence, Self-Esteem and the Strength to Meet Life’s Every Challenge ~ Focusing thought: My Life Energy Organises Life Effortlessly.

4th Chakra ~ The Heart Chakra ~ Located in The Heart Centre ~ The Colour we visualise is Green ~ Mantra: Om Kakini Namaha (I Activate My Love) ~ To awaken the true Nature of Love, to Encourage the Flow of Life Energy that can Heal Feelings of Loneliness, Isolation and Anxiety: The Symptoms of  Lack of Love ~ Focusing thought: My life Energy is Love.

5th Chakra ~ The Troath Chakra ~ Located in the Throat ~ The Colour we visualise is Light Blue ~ Mantra: Om Shakini Namaha (I Activate My Creativity) ~ To activate our True Voice so that we may Freely Express our Unique Gifts and Perspective with the world; accessing our Creativity and opening to the Free Flow of Authentic Expression ~ Focusing thought: My Life Energy Expresses Its Truth.

6th Chakra ~ Third Eye ~ Located Between the Eyebrows, in the Middle of Forehead ~ The Colour we visualise is Purple or Deep Blue ~ Mantra: Om Hakini Namaha (I Activate My Intuition) ~ To Awake our Inner Vision, Inner Wisdom and Intuition ~ Focusing thought: My Inner Vision Wisely Guides My Actions.

7th Chakra ~ Located at the Crown of the Head ~ The Colour we visualise is Violet ~ Mantra: Om Katyayani Namaha (I Activate My Pure Awareness) ~ To Activate Self-Awareness, Creativity, Intelligence, Joy and Effort-Less Flow of Life ~ Focusing Thought: My Life Energy Radiates The Light Of Being.

Om: is considered the most elemental sound of creation. This sacred syllable represents the primordial sound of the universe, the underlying vibratory power behind all existence. As we repeat Om we open to our essential connection to all this is, we align ourselves with the vibration of the universe, and we affirm that we are one.

Namaha: When mindfully repeated during meditation, this sound creates a sacred energy vibration which flows outward to the world, and then abundantly circulates back to fill us within. It is a way to gently lean into–and surrender to–the divine presence within your deepest heart while affirming the same divine presence that dwells in the hearts of all beings and in the entire universe.

Namaste,

Alecs

Why I No Longer Support Israel

Today I’m sharing a beautiful and informative article written by Mr Herb Silverman on the Huffington Post that I believe many will appreciate and enjoy reading…

Human-rights from the perspective and expertise of an American citizen of Jewish origin.

I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Silverman; in fact Israel has been on my Countries-Not-To-Visit list for a while (should anyone wonder, I’m neither Jewish nor Palestinian).

Shame Mr Netanyahu! You certainly do not deserve having been re-elected.

Please click on the link below to go to the original post:

Why I No Longer Support Israel