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October 27, 2012 / M.E.

Photography Exhibit. Washington. D.C.

During our visit to D.C., a special photography exhibit by Sammy Baloji was being shown at the Natural History Museum. Baloji’s montages were stunning. In his montages, Baloji placed archival images of former mine workers and European administrators over photos taken of the cooper mines today. The images tell a story of a golden era that has long since diminished due to mismanagement by corrupt governments.

I found Baloji’s work to be compelling. To see the faces of the Congolese who worked in the mines in the past and thenĀ  to see the images of the mines today reinforces the idea that at one time these mines held promise of an economic future but now they are a tangible reminder of how greed can take away something that provides hope for many. Baloji’s art addresses long standing social issues that remain even today.

The photos reminded me of a passage from Alan Paton’s Cry The Beloved Country.

“But to tell the truth, they were afraid of him and his wife and Msimangu and the young demonstrator. And what was there evil in their desires, in their hunger? That men should walk upright in the land where they were born, and be free to use the fruits of the earth, what was there evil in it? Yet ment were afraid with a fear that was deep, deep in their heart, a fear so deep that they hid their kindness, or brought it out with fierceness and anger, and hid it behind fierce and frowning eyes. They were afraid because they were so few. And such fear could not be cast out, but by love.” – Alan Paton. Cry, The Beloved Country

Sometimes the problem with progress is that while some progress, others are held back.

October 9, 2012 / M.E.

Sailboat Show. Annapolis. Maryland

We’ve had a great time working the Annapolis Boat Show in Annapolis, Maryland. We stopped in at lots of industry parties and did some great networking, made some amazing friends and explored so many awesome boats throughout the week. I worked as the hostess for Bavaria Yachts and had a wonderful time meeting all the people that stopped by the tent and sharing stories of our sailing adventures thus far. The show ended right as the first winter chill rolled in. Perfect timing! We made some extra money and had a great time doing it, but now it’s time to head South!

September 28, 2012 / M.E.

New London. Connecticut

Love the New England lifestyle…lobster rolls, shingled homes and cool summers. These are some pictures from our visit to New London, Connecticut.

September 26, 2012 / M.E.

Philadelphia. Pennsylvania

My cousin, Frances, and I were exploring Philadelphia when we decided to stop in at the American Philosophical Society. We weren’t allowed to go into the research rooms but in the lobby they had exhibits of photos from the installation of the railway system and Lewis and Clark’s journals. It was incredible to see the intricately drawn maps and ledgers of Lewis and Clark’s journals and the old black and white images from the railway installations in the West. These moments were such an extraordinary piece of American history and it’s so encouraging to see these type of recordings being preserved.

September 15, 2012 / M.E.

Philly Photo. Philadelphia. Pennsylvania

September 5, 2012 / M.E.

Bear Mountain. Connecticut

A feather I found on the Bear Mountain trail.

We went hiking the other day up Bear Mountain in Connecticut. Some parts of the Appalachian Trail actually intersect with the Bear Mountain trail and when we reached the top of the mountain and we were taking in the view, a hiker came along. Our conversation went something like this…

Matt’s uncle: “Hi, how are you today.”

The hiker: “I’m fine, thanks.”

Matt’s uncle: “Where did you come from?”

The hiker: “Springer Mountain”

Matt’s uncle: “Where is that?”

The hiker: “Georgia”

Needless to say, we were intrigued by the guy’s story, so we invited him to come sit with us on a bluff overlooking the valley. The guy was in his 20’s and he had started hiking the Appalachian Trail in April. He had walked 1,500 miles to that point and was hoping to finish the trail by late October. He said that he was the 967th person to hike the trail this year and that the success rate of doing the entire trail is only about 20%. It’s always worth talking to people to find out their story because you never know what people might have to tell you.

Appalachian Hiker On Top Of Bear Mountain

August 27, 2012 / M.E.

At Sea In The City

We arrived in New York on Friday just in time for an afternoon motor-sail. The weather was beautiful and it was an absolute treat to be out on the water. We sailed in the Hudson River up to the Statue of Liberty and then crossed the bay to the East River.

We passed by the Brooklyn Bridge and I was thrilled to see one of my favorite restaurants, The River Cafe, nestled under the bridge. Several sea planes were flying overhead and it was exciting to watch the take-offs and landings. If you ever have an opportunity to sail in New York City, do it!

Sailing Up The East River

The Brooklyn Bridge and The River Cafe

Moet Sailboat

Sea Plane

Sailing In The City

The Brooklyn Bridge

The Old Domino Sugar Factory

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