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The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the lives and livelihoods of most in the United States. And while there has been a lot of political talk and news focused on border closings related to the pandemic, we hear relatively little about the almost 200 million people in the United States who live on a land border between either Canada or Mexico.

The border closing was unanimously decided by the three countries to curb the spread of COVID-19 on March 21st and has been extended each month since. The latest reopening date is set for November 21st but is likely to be extended further until at least early 2021 and some even say until the summer of 2021. The US, Canadian, and Mexican governments have maintained commercial trade and have mandated that essential travel is permitted between citizens of these countries, although travel for leisure is not. …


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The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone’s life in some way, whether big or small, and with these circumstances comes a bit of reflection. It seems that everyone has had at least a few moments of rumination to reflect on how COVID-19 has changed their world and circumstances. Because of these circumstances I have devoted much thought to the concept of time in both how I have come to understand time in the last few months and how my perception has changed dramatically. Before the pandemic changed my perception of time, I often felt like there was never enough time for something or that I needed more time, or if I just had a little more time I could do this, finish that, etc. All feelings that are more than a little familiar for most. Now I feel as if there is almost too much time to get anything done. …

Elizabeth Smyth

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