An Island in the Blue Sea

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The breeze through the palm trees on an Island of the Carribean sea might conjure up dreams of a romance. A painting of such an island, with a fragile paper sailboat in the foreground, can challenge us to consider a different story. What if the Island is the Dominican Republic and the painter hints at a larger perspective, through stormy clouds and the symboilic figure of a man crouching naked and alone, a story of flight, immigration, isolation and the search for a new community? Artists can tell their stories through powerful images that hang in a gallery or increasingly on-line. And yet, we all have stories, stories that others need to hear and that are vital to understanding how community is created. Digital stories can be interviews that we do with those we encounter, which allow us to share the wisdom we learn from others with the wider world.