On the train.
Lovely visit to Atlanta. Saw old and dear friends. Made new ones.
Highlights include visit to Larry Walker’s studio and meeting his wife Gwen, who is also an artist. Fun times shared with my UA colleague Ellen Spears.
Also visited – at last – For Keeps bookstore. Rosa, the amazing proprietor, is a reminder of our fierce intellect and open/no limits hearts.
The staff at The Glenn hotel, which is in a historic building, were some of the best souls I’ve met in hospitality. Thanks, Marshall, Ty and Logan among others including Spencer and his partner in life whose name I failed to get.
And there were also deep convos with two dear friends I’ve known for years. The sort for whom present-day messaging moments would never do when it comes to authentic presence/listening/hearing/being (KB and Nick Chiles, you rock, my brothers).
I cherish such encounters in these difficult, but still rich times. Thank you for being you, for completing sentences and asking needed questions that continued as I read Saidiya Hartman’s latest, a gift from For Keeps. Free of charge. Who knew? Indeed, “our” collective utterances can indeed be heard.”