Welcome to the first day of fall from the Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver
On this Labor Day our healthcare and frontline heroes deserve our everlasting gratitude not the hate, vitriol and ignorance of this miserable rabble of unworthy citizenry. Free speech is one thing but protesting our precious healthcare workers outside their places of work is simply unacceptable. These heartbreaking words from one of our nurse heroes say it all.
There have been so many iconic Olympic moments over the years, and they have all been joined today by Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah after her stunning Gold Medal win in the women’s 100 meters as she realizes she has broken Florence Griffith Joyner’s 33 year old record by 0.01 seconds with a new Olympic record of 10.61.
With the silver and bronze medals won by her teammates Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Sherika Jackson this year’s new Olympic motto could not be more meaningful:
Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together.
On a day that the deaths of 59 children, often dying together with their parents and siblings buried in the rubble of the only homes they have ever known, a day that their deaths have been described as “unfortunate” and considered collateral damage, one cannot help feeling a sense of helplessness and despair. Six-year-old Suzy Eshkuntana was one of those children, trapped for seven hours before being rescued today after an attack that killed her mother and four siblings who were with her in their family home that was destroyed around them. To celebrate her young life being saved, and in memory of the family she has lost I have decided to take some time out to create a painting in their honor. I hope when I return this tragic time in our shared history will be close to being resolved for all parties. Know of course that my thoughts will continue to be always with all those families and especially the children suffering such pain and loss so far away.
The reunions of Mino and his brother Erick with their mother Keldy Mabel Gonzales Brebe, and Bryan Chavez with his mother Sandra Ortiz, all separated so cruelly in the fall of 2017, are moments for which there are no words but simply feelings of joy and relief for them all.
So many more families must be reunited but these happy reunions are moments for celebration.
There will be no similar ceremony in the Capitol for Daunte Wright whose death at the hands of the Minnesota police was equally as heartbreaking for his family, and for us all. Sadly the word “enough” has no meaning any more.
It was a heartbreaking morning seeing the flag-draped casket of slain Capitol Police Office William Evans carried up the steps of the US Capitol watched by his mother, his wife and his two beautiful children, Logan and Abigail clutching their stuffed animals. The moving service that followed honored him as the true hero that he is; in the words of President Biden to the family,”Your son, your husband, your brother, your dad was a hero.”
May they both Rest In Peace.
Happy International Women’s Day to all the amazing women in my life who inspire me each and every day at home and at work, together with all of our healthcare heroes. Here are some of the women who inspire us all both as leaders and protesters and who sadly in the process too often pay the ultimate price. This year the theme for today is “Choose to Challenge,” which is why I am dedicating this post to the memory of Kyal Sin, who “chose to challenge” but was murdered five days ago at the age of 19 by the Myanmar Police. “Everything will be OK” she believed, but “Will it be?” is the question for our times.