2.5 months around the 🌎 for climate / water stories (of course), starting now:
Montpelier –> Montreal –> Chengdu –> Beijing –> Copenhagen –> Stockholm –> Chicago –> Boston
Goals for this trip:
- Record water / climate change stories in each place
- Learn whatever it is that the journey has to teach me
- Get more comfortable taking portrait photographs
I bought a used DSLR camera & I’m learning my way around the different settings / breaking through the shyness that I have of photographing people.
This is my friend Cora Brooks in Montpelier, VT. She writes poems and taught me how to bake bread.
We met 5-ish years ago through the archives at the Schlesinger Library, where I was doing a research project on poets who have their papers archived there.
I started alphabetically by last name, elbow deep in grey boxes and filing folders. After a few weeks I realized that Cora was still alive (most people donate their papers only after they’ve passed).
I wrote her a letter. She wrote back. We’ve been writing each other letters ever since.
I’ve visited Cora in Montpelier a few times over the years, and every visit is a new kind of magic. Today we walked to town and ate beetroot and orange gelato.
Cora teaches me how to enjoy slowness. Her home is full of words. She has a cat whose name changes every time I visit. Last time he was Zebra Tattoo. Today he is Barcelona.
Here’s to intergenerational friendships.
Stay tuned for more. I’m looking forward to updating you all from the road.