Hermione Granger (Harry Potter’s bestie) owned a small purple beaded handbag. It seemed like an inconsequential and minor accessory. But unbeknownst to her posse, she placed an Undetectable Extension Charm on it, and inside it held many significant possessions, large and small, that she and her friends would need during their hunt for Voldemort’s Horcruxes.
“‘When you say you’ve got the Cloak, and clothes…’ said Harry, frowning at Hermione, who was carrying nothing except her small beaded handbag, in which she was now rummaging. ‘Yes, they’re here,’ said Hermione, and to Harry and Ron‘s utter astonishment, she pulled out a pair of jeans, a sweatshirt, some maroon socks, and finally the silvery Invisibility Cloak… She gave the fragile-looking bag a little shake and it echoed like a cargo hold as a number of heavy objects rolled around inside it.”
There was a lot of stuff in Hermione’s bag. I have a similar one. Not a suitcase, but a quirky frog purse, and it is filled with many precious tools and critical artifacts for forging into the future. What is inside my quirky little frog bag (aka my #MYFest22 suitcase)? Here is part of my inventory list – all items are hidden, but unmistakably there, due to my own “Undetectable Extension Charm”:
-the power of a one-of-a-kind #MYFest22 visionary partner (shout out to Maha Bali!!!…she is my version of Harry Potter if I am Hermione)….
-the kindness, humor, and fortitude of an amazing #MYFest22 project manager (shout out to Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh!)
-an amazing team of #MYFest22 facilitators, whose hearts, minds and open dispositions made this Equity Unbound journey possible for everyone!
-the importance of the Slow Down & paying attention (shout out to myself)
-Reparative Humanism (shout out to the reference made by Mays Imad, and all the Ubuntu scholars who lead the way with these ideas)
-Christy Albright’s HERO theory (hope, efficacy, resilience, & optimism) to story our grief and heal our hearts
-the power of the 30 minute presentation (thanks Karen C!)
-the art of the Spoken Word jam board (thanks Carolyn I & Jenna G!)
-Radio Garden!! (Thanks Heather K!)
-murmuration (Thanks Adrienne Maree Brown)
-reinforced Rest/Rejuvenation strategies (Thanks Christy & Rissa!!!)
-Cli-Fi Microfiction (shout out to Laura G & Alan L)
-Origin Stories (shout out to Felicia C & Heather W)…and a story about what crepiscule means to me
-Thoughts on “settler ontology” & the Florentine codex (shout out to Leroy Saiz!)
-my evolving notion of “psychic paywalls”
-a fantastic twine co-author for our “dreaming” #MYFest22 “library” for the future (shout out to Laura G!!)