124-125 Suynayna Pal The concierge at the Hyatt 126 Margaret Erhart The Gift of Thank You 127-139 Patricia Alonzo A Voice for My Grandfather: A Mexican and an American 140-143 Rossy Evelin Lima Tlalli Iyollo 144-145 Juan Manuel Pérez Lament for Wounded Knee I Lament for Wounded Knee II 146-149 James Trask Destruction of the House of Wisdom Vasyl and Maria I'm Done 150-152 Nels Hanson The City in the Sea The Sorrow of Roses 153 Darren C. Demaree it ain’t a choir #28 it ain’t a choir #29 it ain’t a choir #30 154-155 Crystal Garcia Individual vs. Gov’t 156-157 Patricia Walsh Fire Alarm Public House 158-159 Ken Hada At the Zoo Wind 160-161 Laurence Musgrove Bandage Sutra 162-186 WINDWARD REVIEW Blog: Writing as Resilience 164-165 "How Are You Doing with the Coronavirus?" 166-168 Trev Trevino | Brittaney Maxey | Katie McLemore COVID-19 Chazals by Islander Creative Writers 169-173 Joseph Salinas | Cheyenne Sanchez | Amber Robbins We Are Legends: Tales of Survival During the COVID-19 Pandemic 174-176 Jay Janca Being Over Being Overwhelmed: Transi tioning to Onling Learning 177-179 Natalie Williams Parenting Through a Pandemic 180-183 Amanda King Notes from the Frontlines of Kinder and Elementary Level Parenting Through Pandemics 184-186 Aric Reyna Being a Parent-Teacher-Student During Covid-19 Quarantine 187-194 CONTRIBUTOR’S NOTES
EDITOR'S NOTE TO READERS I don’t really know how to write this. I could start by thanking all the helpers and contributors that made this volume outstanding. But that would be many, many thank yous. I also had the idea of listing out all the mistakes I have made throughout this process. This wouldn’t be hard, because I already have a list made. However, my mantra as an editor has been one phrase: this is not about me. This volume is not about me or the things I could have done better, it is about Civility and You. We chose Civility and You as our theme because we wanted to document the US election (2020) and reactions to it on a personal level. We didn’t want to highlight divisiveness/ political polarity; we wanted to underline contrasting emotions and tautologies, the quiet stories and intimate truths that constitute the complex human perspective. That said, we never could have anticipated how 2020 would play out—how a global pandemic would put our lives and our livelihoods at stake, and how the fight for racial justice would experience its 21st century apex. But with this backdrop of upheaval, Civility and You became a richer story than I even expected. I know that I have already said so, but I am truly overwhelmed with gratitude towards our contributors this year. We have all had to grapple with the abstract, untamable nature of civility, characterizing it in our lives and hearts during these times of strife and isolation. In juxtaposing and entangling voices together, Civility and You works to address a universal unknown: the meaning of ‘civility’. With this publication, I wanted contributors and readers to see value in theirs’ and others’ work that they couldn't see before. It was in our mission that each accepted piece, as it is showcased, would become irreplaceable and fully resonant, like the notes of a chord. With that, I must admit, I had hoped that those responding to our call for submissions (2020) would be stymied by the ambiguous word, ‘civility’. Because I wanted contributors to respond intuitively rather than methodically. I was interested in the term ‘civility’ in part because it is a word that tends to meet its opposite. Teresa Bejan wrote about this in the book, Mere Civility (2017). In short, ‘civility’ may become ‘incivility’ when it is reduced to the status of a social more. For example, it is often said that one ought to have ‘civility’ while speaking with someone of a different opinion than one’s own,... so as to alleviate tension and reduce argumentation. But this ‘civility’ can also act to censor voices and activity, maintaining social and class barriers. Thus, ‘civility’, which is meant to bring peace and the interchanging of ideas, may bring civil unrest and oppression instead. For ‘civility’ to capture both what it is and its opposite means that ‘civility’ is probably a socially deterministic idea. In fact, careful readers would question my insinuation that there is an absolute what-it-is to civility, because there may not be an absolute definition of it. The readers of this text (writers and artists) will probably be aware of and comfortable with this slipperiness of language. But I want to take pause and question: what is implied by ‘civility’ being a slippery, relative term? And why is ambiguity here both useful and also slightly unsettling (at least to me)? For one, this 'ambiguity of civility' bears a resemblance to cultural moral relativism, where there is no absolute ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ in regards to morality, just cultural or local experiences dictating these. I would note that cultural moral relativism is very hard to swallow for most people. Because, think about it: do you really want to accept that your rich sense of morality is nothing but what you’ve been taught through cultural/ lifetime exposure? Maybe some of us are okay with this, but what can we possibly do when there are disagreements between us? Is it simply impossible to understand each other’s point of view, all because we are culturally dissimilar?