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Gloria Delany-Barmann

Commentary: Gratitude During a Time of Crisis

Apr 8, 2020
Gloria Delany-Barmann

As I shelter at home with my family these days, I've been thinking a lot about travel, community, and the privilege I have had to cross borders to live, work, and travel abroad. Perhaps my thoughts of travel stem from the fact that for now and the foreseeable future, I won't be getting on any airplanes or taking any cross-country road trips. At the same time, and on a more serious note, my thoughts are grounded in the real concern for those in places both here and around the globe where people are less able to social distance or unable to shelter at home.  

Courtesy of Gloria Delany-Barmann

I have built my adult life and my career around the privilege of crossing borders to live, work, and explore.  On various travels to Central and South America, many people have opened their homes and treated me as a friend, a daughter, or sister. These experiences have shaped me in ways that I am still discovering today.