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Photo by Tommy LaVergne
Taking Root

When the pandemic put a pause on my professional life, I turned my energies toward home an...

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Art in Isolation
Art in Isolation

Artists Respond to the Pandemic...

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Illustration by John W. Tomac
Notes from Inside

Hunkered down and busier than ever covering the pandemic, I’m missing my annual West Texas...

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Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer
Days Go By

An anthem of my student days — the Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime” — has blasted back...

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Illustration by Kim Rosen
From Rice EMS to Chicago Med

As an emergency room doctor, my days are filled with crisis, trauma and very few breaks. A...

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Illustration by Chloe Niclas
Apocalyptic Times

What I learned in my religious studies courses at Rice helps me understand what the COVID-...

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Thresher Zoom Meeting
Stop the Presses

Even as the Thresher staff reported on the pandemic, we kept wishing we wouldn’t become pa...

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Illustration by Adam Cruft
Meditation for this Moment

To combat stress caused by COVID-19, I take refuge in an ancient practice of meditation — ...

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Photo by Jeff Fitlow
Home and Away

As an international student from Rwanda, going home during the pandemic was not an option ...

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Illustration by Daniel Fishel
Pivoting in a Pandemic

As a pathology resident and research scientist, I’m refocusing my work to help evaluate co...

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Photo by Jonathan Zizzo
Mission Critical

As a critical pulmonary care physician with a graduate degree in public health, I’m used t...

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Illustration by Maggie Chiang
Survival Pedagogy

In these traumatic times, what’s required when teaching my brilliant students from afar an...

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Illustration by Gracia Lam
Distance Learning in the Delta

As teachers in rural Mississippi, we watch the COVID-19 school closures with a nagging awa...

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Illustration by Allison Kerek
Face Time

The friendship we formed as Rice students sustains us from a distance as doctors in New Yo...

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Illustration by Paddy Mills
Editor's Note: Summer Stories

This issue includes first-person essays accompanied by beautiful, thoughtful illustrations...

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Summer 2020