This spring our first ever John Looney intern made a trip to
Poland to visit Polish relatives that she met through her
genealogy research to find her family heritage. On her month
long visit Ellen spent time with her family while also witnessing
first hand the refugee crisis stemming from the war on Ukraine.
Over 3.6 million Ukrainian refugees have crossed into Poland,
where they are receiving housing, medical care, education
and benefits or are departing to other destinations. Ellen
could see the long lines of Ukrainians waiting for services
around the city at government offices. Many Polish people
are hosting Ukrainians in their homes. A family of 13 people
were living at a neighbor’s home in the rural village of
Lubowidz, the ancestral home of Ellen’s family. Ellen’s
genealogy researcher was also hosting a Ukrainian mother
and her daughter.
Many donation drives were underway and logistics points were
arranged by the city of Warsaw to transport goods and emergency
supplies to the front lines. Near the Central Train Station in
Warsaw a memorial had been set up to honor victims killed in
the war. The beautiful spring weather and Easter celebrations
were tempered by the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine, with
everyone concerned and shocked.
”Glory to Ukraine” was written on signs and banners around
the cities and Ukrainian flags were displayed along with Polish
flags on government buildings, homes and Warsaw’s tram
lines. Ellen plans to return regularly as long as the situation
in Poland remains stable.
Look for Pictures of Ellen’s travels in Poland on next month’s
A temporary art exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, DC
by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg. She started exhibiting
in smaller outside places, first 500,000 then 660,000.
Firstenberg says,”So many of these deaths happened in isolation
without acknowledment. When I had the opportunity to bring
the flags to the National Mall...there was no hesitation. I know
I needed to do it.
I just felt as though someone had to do something to make a
statement that with all these people dying, we had to value
See various stages of these white flags on google under
”white flags on the National Mall” most of the pictures have
I hope we can all bear witness to all who have left this planet
for another horizon.
Now over one million Americans have died.
THE GLOBAL VACCINE POEM PROJECT is a collaboration
between the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University and
the University of Arizona Poetry Center.
Two years ago the model poem was written by Naomi Shihab
Nye and then she asked people everywhere to add a few lines.
She said, “ Don’t worry about rhyming, don’t worry about grammar,
don’t worry about spelling. Simply share your thoughts.”
This April 2022 Kent State University Press is releasing a
moving new collection of poetry penned by people around the
world sharing their experiences and responses to the pandemic.
DEAR VACCINE:GLOBAL VOICES SPEAK TO THE PANDEMIC
is a full color volume of over 150 submissions which come
from all states and 118 different countries.
A few new lines:
Creating meaning from hardship
Heal with humanity
A talented musician, she would regularly a ferry, train & another ferry
& another train to get to New York City as a young girl for piano
lessons. She attended Rutgers University before marrying William
Saltman; she worked in Philadelphia doing research on race
relations while her husband went to World War 11in the Aleutian
Later William took chemistry job in Colorado. One day in Denver a cat followed her oldest son home. They already had a dog, a wire-
haired dachshund, who went ballistic upon seeing this new intruder.
Her son asked if the family could keep the cat. Juliet foresaw
much conflict; she was a lifelong pacifist and an action sociologist.
She acted, with a panache that astounded her children. She took
the dog in one hand and the cat in the other and sat down with
both. She stroked one, then the other, saying, “nice doggie”
then, “nice kitty,” Then she changed to, “ nice kitty” then, “nice
doggie” until both calmed down. ( this practice was probably
repeated for several days ) These animal companions remained
friends for life.
One can read this remarkable obituary in the AKRON BEACON
JOURNAL, Sunday March 13.
The following is the end paragraph:
Julia SALTMAN was an extraordinary organizer, an outstanding
speaker and writer, and beneath it all, an original philosopher.
Once Julie’s children asked her if she believed in God. She
answered, “I believe in love!”
The following is from THE TALMUD and has been looked to for
hundreds of years:
You are not expected to complete the task.
Neither are you permitted to lay it down.
No ray of sunshine is ever lost,
but the green which it awakes
into existence needs time to sprout,
and it is not always granted for
the sower to see the harvest.
All work that is worth anything is done in faith💥
A poem by ALBERT SCHWEITZER
INAUGURATION BRINGS TALENT
ADAM LAWRENCE DYER EXAMS “LOVE BEYOND GOD”
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN AMERICA CALL FOR RESTITUTION
MODEL POEM BY NAOMI NYE OF KENT UNIVERSITY
SUMMER JOB CUTTING TEACHER’S LAWN STILL GOING
FOUR DECADES LATER
ARE YOU AN INTERCESSOR?
THE POETRY OF THE VACCINE: A PROJECT OF HOPE
FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN POET LAUREATE
A CASE STUDY IN LOVE AND SELFLESSNESS
❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
Maureen Farris (JLIntern 2006) became a surrogate and gave birth
to rare identical triplets for two Michigan dads. The triplets, Parker,
Robin and Sylvia were born September 9 and are daughters
of two Professors, Kevin and Eric, of Ann Arbor.
How did this come to be? Maureen has been thinking about surrogacy but had not pursued it. When her college friend Cathy
Cherico texted her about a gay couple who wanted a child,
Maureen thought, “ the Universe is working way too quickly but I
need to at least investigate it.” Cathy knew that Maureen had
taken leave of teaching and with husband Jeremiah were
superparents of son Julian.
Maureen explained to Jeremiah “I’m not giving away babies, I’m
babysitting their babies. I’m just helping usher their babies into
this world. Once Jeremiah understood her, he was all in supportive.
The husbands said it was important to use a donor egg—but one
that allowed the child to contact donor mother after age 18.
Both parties used lawyers to put together a contract.
Ultrasound images were labeled Baby A, Baby B and Baby C.
The one fertilized egg implanted in Maureen had split multiple
times, resulting in an extremely rare set of identical triplets.
To the husbands Maureen said, “Your not going to believe how
much I’m going to love your daughters. But it just feels like I’m
their special aunt... “ It still up in the air, but the husbands said they
think the girls will call Maureen “Auntie Mo”
Please find complete article in Sunday October 11, AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, front page & page 6A. 2021
Joy Harjo is a member of Muskogee Creek Nation and is the
author of nine books including CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR
HUMAN BEINGS (2015). ATVC is particularly interested in this
For her third term Harjo focuses on her signature project, “Living
Nations, Living Words”. This digital project features an interactive
story map developed with Library of Congress Geography and
Map Division mapping 47 contemporary Native American poets.
The Map connects to a new online audio collection housed in
the AmericanFolklife Center, which features poets reading and
discussing original work.
Harjo says “Poetry has provided doorways for joy, grief and under-
standing in the midst of turmoil and pandemic. The story of
America begins with Native presence, thoughts and words. Poetry
is made of word threads that weave and connect us.”
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