This being the final Friday of the month means it’s time for We Are the World Blogfest, a day for promoting positive news.
Co-hosting the project this month, the 35th edition, are: Damyanti Biswas, Lizbeth Hartz, Susan Scott, Mary J Giese, and Shilpa Garg. Do check out their posts, along with everyone else participating, and feel free to join us here.
I’m always delighted by synchronicities and often surprised at the intersection of things. A year ago my husband traveled to Ireland, and thinking about it inspired me to pull out the art journal I kept on an earlier visit. Additionally this week, an audiobook I’ve had a hold on for months, finally became available. It was Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise. Harjo is the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, and frankly it delights me that enough people want to hear her read her poems that there is a lengthy waitlist for online library copies. But the fact that both these things happened this week, AND I discovered this story connecting the Irish people and the peoples of the Native American Choctaw nation.
Almost 200 years ago, during the Great Irish Potato Famine, the Choctaw people donated funds to assist the starving Irish population. Now, Irish citizens are contributing to a fund to assist the peoples of Native American nations who have been hit hard by the Corvid-19 pandemic. You can read the story here.
It feels especially important to me to celebrate these cross-cultural connections at this time. The unity of our world is likely more clear to all of us than ever before. We need each other, we can be of service to one another, and our love and compassion can be boundless and boundary free. Now more than ever, I find environmentalist Edward Abby’s words a profound manifesto: “My loyalties will not be bound by national borders…or limited in the spiritual dimension by one language or culture. I pledge my allegiance to the damned human race, and my everlasting love to the green hills of Earth, and my intimations of glory to the singing stars, to the very end of space and time.”
May that prove true for all of us, and may we always find the connections and the good news to share.