Fears fail to float

A kayak-level view of Mill Creek emptying into the Umpqua River as it passes the turn off of Highway 38 to Loon Lake. MARTHA McREYNOLDS Jr./THE CHRONICLE

Greetings to you, fellow hunkerers, during these weird times. I hope this week finds you safe, sane and enjoying an expanding sense of flexibility, patience and kindness towards yourself and others. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

Last month I was minding my own business, hugging people, fixating on things barely remembered now, when a whisper of a news story reached my ears . . .