I biked to Lower Manhattan yesterday morning, on the 20-year anniversary of 9/11. Although the Memorial Fountain was closed off except for family members of the deceased, former Presidents, and the NYPD, still the surrounding vicinity was abuzz. International media outlets filmed news segments, their anchors speaking words of remembrance in various languages. Across the street, onlookers flashed cameras as a chorus of Amish schoolchildren sang a capella, their voices a balm for collective mourning on this warm September day. […]
November 7th has been forever cemented in my mind as The Day America Remembered It Was Not A Dictatorship. I learned the news of the Biden-Harris victory while hiking along a wooded trail in Prospect Park. Although this was a secluded area and I saw no one within eyesight, I nevertheless heard cheers and horns honking in the distance. It took me a few seconds to realize what this must mean: Biden had defeated Trump. I dug my phone out […]
Allyship towards people of color involves recognizing the racial biases that may live within me and committing to counter these subtle, insidious patterns of thinking. I can choose to speak up and ask for feedback from trusted peers of color, instead of remaining silent as I might otherwise be inclined to do. Similarly, I can seek to learn about the history of racism and ways in which discrimination has impacted and continues to impact POC today. I can make an effort to live life with compassion, respecting and honoring differences rather than seeing them as barriers.
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“Think of yourself in a cosmic context,” someone once suggested. It seemed like easier advice to take when I was out and about. In quarantine, sure, I go for daily walks and enjoy the fresh Brooklyn air. (An oxymoron, right? But it actually IS fresh, since carbon emissions have fallen since mid-March.) Meanwhile, I haven’t been across the river to Manhattan in about 5 weeks, although it feels like ages. I miss the window-shopping, the people-watching, the stunning skyscraper views. […]