For weeks now, people of all ages, genders, races, income brackets, and political affiliations have been protesting the murder of George Floyd. They aren’t just protesting what happened to one man of course; at the core, these protests are about systemic inequities within the United States and elsewhere around the world that make it possible for a group of people to be treated differently (and worse) than another.
If you know me personally and have spoken to me about these issues recently, you know where I stand. I don’t often bring up sensitive topics on my business platforms, but there comes a point when silence becomes compliance, and I cannot allow my silence to be construed in that manner any longer.
I have struggled to find the right words to say… Every one of us has friends and family members who have different opinions on what is happening in our country; we have people in our lives who will misconstrue our words and view a statement like black lives matter as white lives don’t, or they will interpret our support for social justice movements as an acceptance of the violence that has accompanied some of the protests.
I cannot control these reactions, but allow me to unequivocally state this: Black lives matter. If this statement sparks something in you and you want to talk about it, I welcome your comments below.
Flowing through seven countries and supporting millions of families along the way, the Zambezi is looked upon with a combination of awe, gratitude, and fear. Builders have taken advantage of the River’s power by building some of the world’s largest hydroelectric dams; while this does supply power, it also alters the natural flow of the water, thus impacting wildlife and wetland ecosystems at every step of the way.
Merry Christmas to one and all! Christmas is celebrated around the world, although it does not have the same meaning everywhere. The holiday has a distinctly serious and religious flair in many countries, but in others, it’s a lighter holiday without much connection to religion. Here’s a look at how Christmas is celebrated in five countries around the world:
In honor of my trip to Africa this week, this Feature On post highlights the traditional art of weaving cloth. For those of you who are new here or who just aren’t familiar with Life’s Journey Travel’s Feature On series, posts in this collection are part of a roughly monthly series that delves into art forms in a different region or country around the world. This edition is all about textile art in Africa, and specifically that Ghana and Nigeria.
Let’s get one thing out of the way: Día de los Muertos is not “Mexican Halloween.” With that addressed, let’s get into what this cherished Latin holiday really is about.
Author: Debra Harris
As founder of Life’s Journey Travel, I’m deeply passionate about creating custom travel experiences that allow my clients to truly savor the journey.