Dispatch from Dublin

Perhaps it‘s simply from being back in Ireland, or because Mariah and I have just seen Riverdance and now feel like we could clog our way home, but the immersion in this ancient culture, and the living, breathing artifacts of our lineage that surround us here have reinforced long-standing beliefs: that the stories we tell ourselves, the narrative of the human experience is the same no matter which ocean or border pretends to separate us; and that the dance we all seem intent on performing for each other varies only in length and coloration.

This trip, with its main focus our pursuit of training to better transmit our message, accomplished much more than that.

Simply put, we received firm affirmation that our mandate to elevate each other is not just worthwhile, it’s something we cannot avoid.

Beyond that, and somewhat to our surprise, the mandate extends to elevating ourselves, it appears. So our focus has sharpened, and we hope to soon take to the road in some form or fashion to do what we must. We’ll extend that human narrative with an emphasis on just how much we need every voice the chorus can provide. It’s not a luxury or even an option.

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Byron Edgington
Byron Edgingtonhttps://www.byronedgington.com/
Byron Edgington was a commercial & military helicopter pilot for 50 years. An award-winning writer, he is the author of several books including The Sky Behind Me: a Memoir of Flying and Life, A Vietnam Anthem: What the War Gave Me, Waiting for Willie Pete, a Novel of Vietnam, PostFlight: An Old Pilot’s Logbook, and recently released Journey Well, You Are More Than Enough. Edgington served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot, including a yearlong tour in Vietnam. As a commercial pilot, he flew all over the world, including 20 years of air medical flying in Iowa, news & traffic in several U.S. cities, a stint as a corporate pilot, and three years flying tours on the island of Kauai. After retiring from aviation in 2005, he returned to college and received his Bachelor's Degree in English and creative writing from The Ohio State University at age 63. In 2012 Edgington won the prestigious Bailey Prize in non-fiction from the Swedenborg Foundation Press for his essay titled ‘Lift Off.’ Byron Edgington is married to his best friend, Mariah. He has three daughters, and six grandchildren. Recently returned to the U.S. after living in Medellin Colombia, he now lives and writes in Iowa City Iowa.