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.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Rain in Colorado
It's Friday the 13th, 2013. My friend from New Orleans who's family survived Katrina says, "I never imagined that my sister would be calling to see if I'm OK because of rain." My taxi driver makes a joke about the rain here-- "Since it'll be raining for 6 days total, we've got 34 days to Noah's ark" I say, "Stay dry" to my friends in harms way. Do you know that a 5,000 pound car can float away in 12 inches of water? If this rain were heavy, wet snow, we'd have 10 feet. This is the largest amount of rainfall, in a September, for Boulder. Also, it's the most rainfall ever, in one day there. Our Colorado norm for humidity it 24%. No doubt the earth is changing.