Peace out

“So my mother told me she saw an article that said chimpanzees in Uganda are kidnapping toddlers. You know, because of deforestation,” I say to my sweet hubby at lunch after my exciting first colonoscopy, which was the final task on my extensive Peace Corps medical list (for which I prepped the night before by…

Bravo, NYC, UPS (and Citibike)

So here is the windy-day photo my 86-year-old dad took of me two weeks ago standing in front of something like 100 Citibikes in New York City between the two historic original buildings of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (now known as MetLife), where I walked from Penn Station with him (it was his old commute…

Protests

I have no protest photos from ten years ago. (Were protests happening then but my privilege kept me from them?) My first protest photo was from seven years ago at the One Billion Rising protest in Downtown Atlanta’s Piedmont Park when people flash-mobbed the exact same choreography (by Debbie Allen) to the exact same song (written…

Family

I found this Momma Bread photo from ten years ago, and I thought about how I made yet another batch of it last week for Thanksgiving, slathered with roasted garlic harvested in June from our garden. This November, by the way, was the first year I didn’t plant next year’s garlic. It will be the…

Older friends

Almost ten years ago to the day, I met up with my then-81-year-old friend Rod at the community garden greenhouse we were bringing back to life when I noticed he wasn’t well (sharp pain and a drooping face, folks). I ended up calling 911 and he was rushed to the hospital. Perhaps I saved his…

Cargo bikes

Meet Thor. He was a Today’s Nice Stranger in 2010 (although I hadn’t started that street portrait series yet). I met him at the Your Dekalb Farmers Market and we got to talking because of his cargo bike (called a bakfiet, he told me, and imported from the Netherlands). It was the first one I…

Public plazas

Let’s kick off a week of looking back at this past decade with this photo, taken in New York City in the summer of 2010. That’s how long ago we started reclaiming our public space, folks. If your city hasn’t done this yet, it is ten years behind the times. This other photo is from…

Bearing witness

Let’s take a look back during this final month of this final year of the decade where my children came of age, I came of a new stage, and the world came of rage. I’ll share five different posts that somehow captures a time and place in this extraordinary history we are living, in cities-at-a-crossroads…