Summer is here! I certainly look forward to more sunny days. I can't believe that 2020 is halfway over! Hopefully, 2020 won't bring us any more surprises.
While countries like the US and Brazil have had many new cases of Covid-19, it has been great to see that Shimane is still without confirmed cases recently. We have been very fortunate. All of us at Oregon want to stay open and have face-to-face lessons as long as possible, but we are ready to go back online if needed.
News of police brutality and riots in the US has really disappointed me. I can't believe how often American police officers use their guns on people. I also can't believe that so many Americans would destroy stores and shops of hardworking people that had nothing to do with police brutality. I feel so lucky to be living in a country where people don't riot, steal or shoot others. I am so happy to be able to raise my kids here in Shimane. I have no desire to move back to California. I sure hope the political climate in the US improves soon!
If this were a normal year, I would be giving everyone information about the summer BBQ, but unfortunately this year we think it's best to cancel in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Let's hope the second half of 2020 is better than the first half. Looking forward to seeing everyone in class!