Remembering thankfulness.

Author:Everett, Erin
Position:Letter from the Editor

I'm writing this letter in mid-September. Last week, Atlanta's phones and electricity were out, the city of Asheville was out of water, and large parts of our region were under water as a result of the weather. Yesterday, we worried that we would miss our press date for this issue because electricity was down again from another storm that followed close on the heels of the first one. Weather is a funny thing; we enjoy it when it's sunny, we grumble about it when rain spoils our plans ... often we don't even pay attention to it. We forget to even look up at the sky. When weather spins out of control, like it has here over the last couple of weeks, it's a wake-up call for all of us. When natural disaster hits, we realize just how fragile we human beings are, and we have an opportunity to notice our connection to the world around us.

Indigenous peoples--all of our ancestors--had and have a strong connection to the weather in all its forms. To them, all the aspects of weather have a consciousness, and the weather's actions are communications with the peoples of the earth. I often travel to Mexico, where the people not only make offerings to Jesus, the Virgin of Guadalupe, and the Catholic saints, but they also make offerings to the weather, thanking the weather for all that they have. They remember the fundamentals. Without gentle, consistent rain, farmers' crops would not grow. Not only would they lose their livelihoods, but none of the people would have food to eat. On the...

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