I am sitting at school reading this. It is my first day back. I have to work through the communication we sent to our school community in June and rewrite it as how we will reopen in September. Not an easy task at all. But I have one huge advantage over my colleagues in the US---I am in Spain. I can feel the anxiety of my staff, I feel for parents whose kids want to reconnect, be back at school and with their friends. We have reconfigured classrooms, schedules, assignments, we are trying to figure out the impact of physical distancing on good educational practices. We are working through how to support students socially and emotionally. We have to upgrade our online structure and practices to be ready. But at least I am doing all this in a nation with health care for all, a nation that took strong, direct action to bring us back from the brink---not push us over the cliff. I am working with faculty who care deeply, are worried, want to do the right thing. I have a team and I am supported. I watch America fracture along the fault lines and weep.

Writer, walker, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker, organic grower. Boston, U. City, Maine, South Africa, Madrid.

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