Strange times…

We live in strange times. A few weeks ago, I published a piece from my novel, If you Walk Long Enough, about the 1968 Summer Olympics and the raised fist salute of John Carlos and Tommie Smith as a gesture of protest against racial inequality. Now we have the postponement of the entire 2020 summer games as a result of another silent killer. A virus. Corvid-19.

It’s rare for the Summer or Winter Olympics to be postponed or rescheduled. Cancellation has occurred a scant six times in the modern history of the games, usually in the case of war. A first, the coronavirus pandemic.

The International Olympic Committee has agreed to cancel the Summer 2020 Games in Tokyo and move them to Summer 2021. The Tokyo venue will remain the same.  At great expense. This move also signals another first—the move of decision making from the International Olympic Committee to the athletes.  While the power to influence the IOC is informal, it nonetheless signals a certain chip out of the power structure.  

The Olympic torch will remain in Tokyo, burning as a beacon of hope and resilience. Stealthy killers all: inequality, virus, unbridled power.

Published by Nancy Hartney

Nancy Hartney's debut novel hits the shelves 2021. If You Walk Long Enough is a tale of a return from the Vietnam War to a place that is no longer home and the people have become strangers. It is a tale of psychic pounding, of the twists and turns of relationships, of upheaval, and survival. Her previous two short story collections set in the South—'Washed in the Water: Tales from the South' and 'If the Creek Don’t Rise: Tales from the South' continue to be available in bookstores and public libraries. Hartney writes poetry and magazine articles. Her work can be found in various regional publications, horse magazines, and national poetry journals. She often serves as writing contest judge, workshop leader, and presents author readings at libraries and book clubs. She is a member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Ozarks Writers League (MO), Tallahassee Writers Association (FL), Ozark Creative Writers (AR), and two local critique groups. Her books are available in print and e-format as well as audio.

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