For Zabine Van Ness, the news from Mariupol, Ukraine brings back traumatic memories. Zabine knows firsthand what war does to innocent people. Her earliest childhood memories are of being rushed to the cellar to take cover during bombing raids.
One Blue Marble features Zabine Van Ness, who is the founder of The Unity Museum. Located in Seattle’s U District, the museum offers a train ride through history with an aim of always looking toward the future.
The Unity Museum offers rotating exhibits, presentations and public discourse on local and global topics of relevance and historical significance to the advancement of civilization.
Barbara Lloyd McMichael writes about Casey Mclean, who is the founder of the Seal Life Response + Rehab + Research (SR3). This marine animal hospital first opened its doors one year ago on Earth Day. Please see her article: Doing good for marine wildlife leads to doing good for everyone.
E.G. Singer contributes two essays. Losing My Buttons is a fond reminder of the buttons we own that show support for people, causes, and political ideologies. Playing 2nd Base, Number 42 commemorates the 75th anniversary that Jackie Robinson made Sports History, breaking the color barrier in baseball, and became a legendary part of American History.
In Shadows at the Edges, Annie Searle examines the new world order as we come out of COVID isolation only to confront the horror of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Nick J. Licata interviews Monica Guzman about her new book "I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times." Guzman shows we can participate in less hostile conversations if we are open to listening and understanding why others have different beliefs.
Mother’s Day Message: I wrote a short essay that was inspired by the birth of my first grandchild. I am asking the same questions of you that I ask of myself in the middle of the night. Can there ever be one humanity? A world without war and genocide? Maybe you know the answer. I welcome your thoughts. I look forward to hearing what you have to say. -Patricia Vaccarino