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Today I asked my son, a beautifully brown 16-year old, what does dignity mean? He breathed a bit then stated that, “Like water, one can give it and one can take it away, but everyone needs it.” Mmmm, yes. His friend, a member of the Winnebago Tribe and in the back seat of our car, added, “It comes from inside, like pride and respect, it’s how you conduct yourself. Inside and outside – both. Agreed.
Today, Pope Francis kissed the feet of the Sudanese Presidant Salva Kiir and his sworn enemy, former deputy Reik Machar. “I am asking you as a brother to stay in peace. I am asking you with my heart, let us go forward.”
Today another caravan of families in desperation crossed into Mexico, heading toward a country that will refuse them refuge – it can be given, it can be taken away.
We finished our work today, finalizing the writings of others who have dedicated their thoughts to this idea of dignity. I thank those that shared this important and courageous work, including those whose work did not get chosen. And I thank my two partners, Pam Uschuk and CMarie Fuhrman; their kind inclusion and generous mentorship is a humbling gift. With chin up, shoulders back, we too go forward – with dignity given not taken away.
Maggie Miller spent her early years in theatre, film, and television, including acting in productions of Juice, Spike Lee’s Girl 6, Homicide: Life on The Streets, American Reparatory Theater’s Henry IV, Part 1 and 2, Cherry Orchard, Susan-Lori Park’s Imperceptible Mutabilities of the Third Kingdom, and directing New Century Theater’s Seminar, and Crumbs from the Table of Joy. She is the co-founder of R.L.V.OracleArts, a non-profit organization committed to providing programs for under-served youth of the Tri-community area in Oracle, Az., utilizing the arts as a vehicle in the healing of trauma as well as hosting local and international painters, sculptors, composers, and writers. She is currently attending the University of Arizona where she is a double major in Creative Writing and Film and Television with a minor in Africana Studies. Her book-length project, “Slicing the Serpent: Four Families and Their Struggle with Opioid Addiction,” will be published in 2019. Maggie is a second-generation resident of Rancho Linda Vista, an artist community in the high desert of Arizona.