Climate & Stories in the Pacific Northwest
Last November, within the wild space of three weeks, I was in Portland, Oregon, then Toronto, Ontario.
Why? I was presenting talks at two conferences—the annual meetings of the American Folklore Society and the American Anthropological Association. I caught a cold. I took a seven mile walk across the city to get an unobstructed view of the Great Lake. I chose not to stay up late with the folklorists for the dance parties and drum circles, but I really enjoyed getting to know a few of them over a beer.
As for the papers I presented, they both had everything to do with change, social and ecological. The first was about how the stories we tell—our deep-down narratives—can either perpetuate our problems or help us build resilience ...
And the second was about the power of "finding home" by connecting with place, even when the place you are doesn't feel like "home" at all.
I hope you enjoy them. I welcome your comments. And in the meantime, here are a few photos for your amusement.