A Culture of Sharing

Today, Hunter’s moon graced its presence. According to zodiac enthusiasts, this moon should bring a sense of “zen” after the harvest. As the winter approaches, the preparation for nesting is on its way. Often times, daily, weekly, and monthly agendas are created, and this energy encourages an action of reflection.

The National Writing Project recently celebrated its annual National Day on Writing— #WhyIWrite

The title “Why I Write” was also a title of one of George Orwell’s essays. He lists reasons that many write:

-Sheer egoism

-Aesthetic enthusiasm

-Historical impulse

-Political purpose

As with many of his essays and novels, Orwell critiques the public and his own political commentary. His piece “Why I Write”, written in 1946, is timely compared to the current published material. The year 1946 was also the year that Pasqualina and Susan, from the narrative nonfiction stories Finding Patterns: Traveling Four Women’s Paths, immigrated to the United States from Italy. They traveled on the U.S.S Marine Shark ship for over three weeks—talk about a time for reflection. While they did not carry a pen for journaling, they carried with them “Heirlooms”.

 This poem was inspired by each of the four women’s immigration experiences in the narrative non-fiction book entitled: Finding Patterns Traveling Four Women’s Paths.


Title: “Heirlooms”

By: J. Pace, Ph.D.


A certificate of gratitude

for service

documents carried and presented

by sea

passes stamped and pocketed

by air


Why do you hold onto these?

“In case we need them.”



in frames, boxes, closets, and bubble wraps,

memories are unpacked that were not witnessed-

a shrine is built in a square room with rectangular cases

that you pass through each day,

and eventually pass down

so others can walk with their spirits,

and across locomotive lines

the air looms


Last weekend, WHRU 88.7 FM invited me to an author talk to share more about the uniqueness of each of the four women. In considering my reasons for writing about the four women, it is to feature each women’s ability to transcend prescribed roles and stereotypes. They are passionate individuals with a strong mindset who have survived many historical events and political regimes. They are holistic healers, master chefs, wine connoisseurs, entrepreneurs, and archivists--who have preserved artifacts for over 100 years— they are part of a culture of preservation, perseverance, and sharing.

*Upcoming projects include a discussion on the Frameworks for Supercomplexity and Women’s Soccer. I welcome your comments.