In Dominican Spanish la ñapa refers to "the little extra" added on at the end. Just when you thought you'd gotten all that you would get, along comes your ñapa, like a baker's dozen, with one more kiss, one more pastelito, one more mango at the mercado.
Wear a Butterfly on November 25th
This year, November 25th falls the day before Thanksgiving in the United States. A day of families and friends and communities gathering together to share the harvest, a day of giving thanks.
And so I give thanks for Patria, Minerva, María Teresa, and Dedé Mirabal, for their example and inspiration, and for women and men everywhere who have followed, and preceded them, struggling for a better world for all of us, and thereby recalling all of us to the "better angels of our nature" (Abraham Lincoln).
For all that is coming down these dark days of November -- terrorism and violence in Paris, Lebanon, Syria, Brussels; large desperate migrations of people who, like us, are looking for a place to belong, to be who they long to be; for a world without violence, where there is enough for all instead of enormous disparities in access to the good things in life; for "a world where it is easier to be good," as Peter Maurin describes it; a world of realized dreams and wild possibilities; and in solidarity with all your hopes for that world, wear a Butterfly on this November 25th, the fifty-fifth anniversary of the death of the Mirabal sisters. Be part of a global movement, a groundswell of another way, of peace, love, social justice, a time in which "hope and history Rhyme" (Seamus Heaney).
Wear a Butterfly on November 25th!
This Butterfly, created out of titles of my books, was made by a student at Norwich University and sent to me by Professor Patricia Ferreira. We've not been able to track the artist down yet, so if you are out there. . .
November 23, 2015
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