Welcome to Issue 2 of DH News: The Dancing Hand!
I had the issue all set a week ago with just a few minor tweaks here and there, and then last night I found out about the tragic death of the butterfly protector Homero Gomez Gonzalez so I had to arrange the front page to fit in a tribute to him. About five years ago, I wanted to write a story about the plight of the monarch butterflies and also about Mexico’s Day of the Dead, and the two came together in “The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear,” a title that was intended to echo those of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. That story and short note about Homero change the light tone I wanted to create for the newsletter, but I’m very much aware that it’s easy to for us to protest this or that in developed countries, but such actions can endanger one’s life elsewhere in the world. So we must walk through the world with our eyes open.
Still, the issue is jam-packed! I have three big events coming up in the next couple of months and I’ll bring paper copies of the newsletter in case you’re able to attend any of them – it looks and feels really cool printed on linen paper. Or do let me know if you’d like to receive a paper copy in the mail and I’ll get it out to you.
One thing missing from the issue is mention of the “Work That Reconnects” workshop that I attended a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been a fan of Joanna Macy’s work for several years now and was pleased one of her workshops was offered near Boston. I wrote a short note about it on my website. I intend to write more often for my website this year – we’ll see next month how that’s going...
I appreciate your reading. You can download The Dancing Hand at the link below – grab a cup of coffee or tea – it’s meant to be read slowly. And feel free to share it.