9 comics about the busyness of modern-day life (and how to find some peace).

Life moves fast.


GIFs from "HumanKinda" by JetBlue.

Sometimes (often) it feels like there's not enough time to do all the things we need to do.

(Thank goodness for coffee.)

Illustrator Gemma Correll, who you might know from her adorable pug comics, created nine comics about the busyness of life.

The series was commissioned by JetBlue for the launch of the new short film "HumanKinda" (scroll down to see the trailer). JetBlue considers itself "the airline whose mission is to inspire humanity and wants you to keep yours."

The main question the series is addressing: Are we losing our humanity to the busyness of everyday life?

Correll was a natural fit to answer that question, drawing on her own life experiences to create the comics. "I am, and have always been, a very 'busy' person who does too much, thinks too much, and doesn't take enough time out for herself," she told me.

I'll bet more than a few people can relate to that feeling — and to these comics, as well.

1. We're often thinking about a thing or two or ... 100?

All comics by Gemma Correll, commissioned by JetBlue for "HumanKinda." Shared here with permission.

2. We have just a few thoughts before bed.

3. Our minds are often elsewhere.

4. Our much-needed downtime is the perfect opportunity to multitask. Wait...

5. We use electronics from the minute we wake up until the minute we fall asleep.

So, what can we do about it?

6. Listen to the cat, obviously.

7. Take a real vacation.

8. Limit multitasking.

What if these were our goals?

9. Meet goals, collect rewards!

Funny ... yet very real-life, huh? "I love to draw images that are a bit silly and quirky to underpin things that are actually quite serious," Correll told me. "I honestly believe that the best way to deal with real life is to laugh at it."

A lot of us are juggling too much at once. It's usually necessary to keep our lives going, but what if we could scale back the few things that aren't absolutely necessary?

You can watch this teaser for a new film about the whole lot of life we've got going on. If you like it, click through to the full 16-minute short film.

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been covered by more than 50 different musical artists, from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. It's a timeless classic that taps into the universal struggle of feeling down and the comfort of having someone to lift us up. It's beloved for its soothing melody and cathartic lyrics, and after a year of pandemic challenges, it's perhaps more poignant now than ever.

A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

But British singer Jacob Collier recently added his own layered harmony tracks to it, taking the performance to a whole other level.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

Photo courtesy of John Scully

When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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