Somber Summer in St. Rémy de Provence

Hot pink hydrangeas shout summer in St. Remy.
Hot pink hydrangeas bloom peacefully in St. Remy de Provence

Steamy and sizzling by day, cool and calm night. This sums up St.Rémy de Provence the last week of June 2020.

But well-being and tranquility do not reign across the globe. On one hand, there’s the horrific health pandemic caused by the coronavirus that has tragically claimed so many lives, including our beloved neighbor who passed away near his Paris home. And on the other hand, social unrest due to inequality, racial and otherwise, also claiming precious lives.

As these dual crises give way to deep reflection, I strive to understand the major issues and their causes. With the virus, although there’s much we do not know, we do know some effective actions that we can take–wearing masks, for example.

In terms of discrimination, there are important questions. What biases do I have? How did I develop them? And most important, how can I dissolve them?

It’ll be a long, hard path to a future that is equal to all, but I intend to move in the right direction as best I can.

In the meantime, I hope for a better tomorrow—for everyone.

Stay safe, healthy and hopeful.

Bises (virtually!), Gayle

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