The floods were raging in the rivers near author Maria Eugenia Choque’s home in La Paz, Bolivia. ReVista writers suffered viruses, both of the technological and biological types. Another author broke her hand. As I sat in my comfortable office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I became painfully aware of the fragility of life.
And it is that fragility of life – of all our lives – that lead us to think long and hard about Giving and Volunteering in the Americas. This issue of ReVista is a very collective effort of academics, practitioners, and philanthropists, both Latin Americans and North Americans. It would not have been possible without the individual efforts to overcome personal disasters and ordinary daily hassles for the common good. And it never would have happened without the hard work, guidance, and generous sharing of contacts and knowledge by Cynthia Sanborn and Rodrigo Villar. I thank them both from the bottom of my heart.
Ellen Schneider’s description of Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega in her provocative article on Nicaraguan democracy sent me scurrying to my oversized scrapbooks of newspaper articles. I wanted to show her that rather than being perceived as a caudillo
Cuba may be the only country on the planet that sports statues of John Lennon and Vladimir Lenin. Uruguay may be the first in planning a full-fledged monument to the victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.
I have to confess. I fell passionately, madly, in love at first sight. I was standing on the edge of Bogotá’s National Park, breathing in the rain-washed air laden with the heavy fragrance of eucalyptus trees. I looked up towards the mountains over the red-tiled roofs. And then it happened.