What role can the humanities play in our current crisis? In our most recent (virtual) staff meeting, here were some of the things shared. Drastic changes to our “normal” lives are forcing us to reflect deeply on who we are and what we really value. We are asking new questions of history, searching for solutions and strength. We are asking bold questions about our futures as things we thought impossible are coming to pass.
Aloha mai kākou,
Never has that greeting resonated so resoundingly. We give you salutations in love and community. We greet you as part of our beautiful net of compassion, gratitude, and grace.
We are especially holding in our hearts our kūpuna, our folks most vulnerable, and all those continuing to work on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of us are hovering in the liminal spaces of uncertainty. The news about COVID-19 has been troubling and inconsistent, but it has become clear that the virus is going to be with us for awhile and we need to take its impact seriously, so what do we do?
Happy Valentine’s Day!
On this day, every year, we celebrate romance, kind of. A curmudgeonly rumor suggests the day is actually named for a saint and that said Valentine was beheaded, a rather gruesome association for treasuring paramours. And we’re not entirely sure which Valentine in history (or legend) to thank for his contribution, although a favorite possibility is the one who married couples to keep husbands from having to go to war.
Makahiki greeted us as our first opportunity for renewal in October and November, reminding us of the astonishing abundance in our island world. Many of us just rang in a New Year according to the Gregorian calendar. The celebration of a Lunar New Year is on the horizon, and we will say goodbye to the year of the pig and welcome in the year of the rat. So much to celebrate.
Our 24-hour news cycle would have us believe otherwise. So much to grieve. So much to fear.