The Story

We are All Antarctica is a story about my father George W. Gibbs, Jr’s adventures as the first person of African descent to set foot on the continent of Antarctica. He sailed on the famous ship the USS Bear in 1939 to 1941 on Admiral Byrd’s III expedition to the South Pole. It was the first joint venture with the US military and private exploration. Gibbs went on to serve humanity in countless ways, paving the way for not only people of color in the community of Rochester, MN but for all people to become more human, serve their community and appreciate differences.

Through compassion, tenacity, faith and countless hours in the trenches, Gibbs’ life is a model for community service, equality and fun. As the lowest rank on the ship, he was honored for his contribution at a time when people with dark skin were considered less than human.

This story integrates my experiences with natural healing, the arts, the science of the ice, the metaphysics of the South Pole and the history of the expedition and its mystery.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Changed by the Southern Continents

Since I've returned from the bottom of the world,  I've heard three consistent comments: You look lighter!  You look younger!  You look happy!  I think the secret is something I've been practicing:  follow the questions, not the answers.  This concept is explained well in Finding Inner Courage by Mark Nepo.  Thanks to Todd Hoskins, a wonderful support and friend for sending me the book and working behind the scenes to make the blog and the fundraising happen for this adventure!

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