Four years ago I traveled to South Korea and Taiwan. The first thing I wrote in my journal was, “They wear face masks here!” I was surprised and confused. It has taken me 4 years to understand. I now know how important it is to wear a mask. Do I like it? Whether I like to wear a mask is not important. It is about keeping everyone safe and healthy. The only way we can safely get things back to any sense of normal is if we are considerate of everyone and work to keep everyone healthy.
If we want to move to in-person activities, it is necessary to change any “me” thinking to “We are all in this together!”
Important guidelines from CDC: People should wear masks, social distance, wash hands, and limit time spent in company with others and the number of others with whom we interact. This guidance is aimed at the spread of respiratory droplets. You should think about four elements: distance from others, the environment, the activity, and the duration of the interaction. Read more here.
“Mask wearing can be a game changer if we as a society collectively decide we will adhere to it.” Michael Mina, epidemiologist Yes, and Taiwan and South Korea get it.
This Juneteenth is a rare moment for all of us to proclaim in one voice that Black Lives Matter and that we won’t tolerate anything less than justice for all Black lives.
“I implore all of us to take a breath for justice, to take a breath for peace, to take a breath for our country and to take a breath for George.” Benjamin Crump
I hope we are all indeed breathing deeply, always, but especially now. Breath clears the body of toxins; breath renews. The Israelites under Pharaoh could not hear the words of hope offered by Moses because of “kotzer ruah” — shortness of breath (Exodus 6:9). They could not breathe, so they could not hear, so they could not hope. We have a choice. I hope we are appreciating the miracle of breath — how it sustains life, how it brings calm, how it creates spaciousness of spirit, so that each of us can act with compassion and wisdom, with intention and focus. For all those suffering in this pandemic, and for George Floyd of blessed memory, let us all indeed take a breath for justice, for peace, for our country and for life itself. Rabbi Shosh Dworsky, St. Paul in a letter to the editor, https://www.startribune.com/
On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day let’s celebrate our Earth. We ate all in this together, and it’s a wonder how interconnected we all are. Who would think the entire planet could work in solidarity for one thing, healing! Our forced isolation has begun to heal the Earth. The air is clearing, the waterways resting, and wildlife is happy to have quiet and some of their habitat back.
Our Earth is an amazing place, and on this Earth Day think about the wonders of our beautiful planet.
“There’s wonder everywhere, if only you look for it. Look for it. It might be in a tree outside your window, in the patch of sky you can see if you crane your neck, in the herbs you’re growing, in the nest the swans are building on that open stretch of marsh across the street.” Sam Sifton NYT
All these wonders are connected. We can make the world a better place when we work together in solidarity. Can something good come of this awful crisis? May science, justice and kindness transform our world into a new beginning. Take 3 breaths for peace, and celebrate wonder on this Earth Day!
“We the women and girls are fed up with this compulsory hijab. We want to manage our clothes and what to wear” Women in Iran protesting the hijab
In November I was a tourist in Iran wearing a scarf covering my hair. No, I was not thrilled at the idea, but the chance to spend 8 days in Iran over-ruled my freedom. Wearing a head covering created a solidarity with Iranian girls and women. We were all following the rules of the Iranian Shiite government that were implemented in 1979 after the Iranian revolution. Maybe in the winter it would be comfortable to wear a hijab, but even in November, some days were too hot to keep my head, arms and legs covered,. There was no doubt that a woman’s identity and personality are lost wearing a head scarf and long loose-fitting clothes
Male dominated governments can be unfair to women. They need scapegoats for their problems and women can become their target!
The people of Iran are very friendly, the friendliest place I have ever traveled. They practice citizen diplomacy to welcome their visitors. Many wanted to know what we liked about their country, and they felt a strong connection to Americans. Their message was clear, ,”We both have bad governments, but we the people, we are friends!”
Read the whole story about the hijab protests here.
Saturday, January 21: March in solidarity for clean air and water, march for the protection of civil rights, women’s rights, and the health of our children. Imagine the world as we want it to be and work for it.
If everyone did just a bit, it could add up to a “whole lot!” Health4earth
My series, 31 Days of Less Waste continues:
Day 3 of 31 days of less waste. and another day of solidarity with the Paris Climate Summit. Change and saving our planet starts with all of us! Today’s post is on driving conservatively. Don’t waste gas, become an ECO driver!
What can we all do to reduce the emissions we put in the air we breathe?
Drive less: I am fortunate to have good bus service, and can walk to shopping and many of my activities. Our car often stays in the garage for weeks at a time. We even hauled our Thanksgiving turkey home on the bus!
2. Car pool: Most cars have only one person. Not only is this boring, but it is wasteful! You can change this. Make travel fun, offer rides to co-workers, classmates, and others going to your events. Even one-day a week would make a difference!
3. Become an ECO driver: Drive the speed limit and accelerate gently.
4. Maintain your car: Keep tires inflated, filters replaced, and make sure your automobile/truck aren’t emitting excess pollution.
“We Must Create a ‘World That is Worthy of Our Children”President Obama
The long-awaited Paris climate talks have begun today. What can we all do in solidarity with countries trying to hammer out a sustainable way to move forward for our earth? As I continue my series “31 days of less waste” I challenge you to NOT let your car idle this winter or ever. Idling your car or truck is such a waste of energy and terrible for air quality!