Shakeout Run

Well, we ended up doing this at Itasca. First run from the Lodge TOWARD the Headwaters… Would have had to go another 3 miles out and 3 miles back to make it that far—and well, Tom seems to think we only need to run 5K’s these days. LOL. This was a HILLY course to be sure, and I pushed to go faster for sure, but wasn’t really pushing pushing. I had more in me at the end and throughout. The biggest trouble were the DARN BUGS! I am like a magnet for them! They swarm around my head and body …

A van by the river . . .

Living out of a van for four months. Not your idea of a dream vacation? It’s actually all that and more. The van is our mobile studio as we move down the river, researching Life on the Mississippi in 2019. Victoria taped out dimensions of the cargo space in our 2018 Dodge Caravan and she’s piling it up with all the things we’ll need. We’ll be camping some days – but most meals and overnight stays will be in the homes of the generous and welcoming people along this great river. Getting very excited as launch day approaches! Hope to …

21 Days

When #relayofvoices started, there were two projects, or two ideas. One, to run home down the Mississippi River, and two, to work on getting outside of my own story, developing a dance with a group of women. For a time, the two projects became one project, and Relay of Voices was a huge endeavor with so many bodies and minds in the mix. Now we have stripped back again to a smaller team—there are no dancing women perhaps. And honestly, I don’t know if I will ever make that kind of work again. I’m finding myself in an evolution, my practice in …

Seasonal EFFECTIVE Disorder

I believe winter has truly come. Temperatures have dipped well below zero in Chicago and the Twin Cities, and even my parents are burning logs in the fire place down in Louisiana. However, that hasn’t kept me from training up and getting ready for the long slow distance I will face this summer and fall on the Mississippi River Trail. A House Unbuilt company members Zack Bailey, Angela Gronroos, Carla Gruby, Lisa Leszczewicz, and myself participated in a rather chilly F3 Half Marathon in Chicago a couple of weekends ago. I figure if I can run in the coldest cold, …

Local News: Running Home

Next week is my last big flight of the year for AHU. Another trip down to Louisiana, this time to my own hometown, to spread the word about Relay of Voices, build connections, and hopefully rally some (financial!) support for this huge endeavor. On November 8th, I’m hosting an “evening”—And you are asking, as did Theresa Schmidt San Miguel of local NBC affiliate KPLC-TV, what does THAT mean? An evening? Well, perhaps, in classic Southwest Louisiana style, the evening of Thursday, November 8th will be a mix of things, including cocktail party (why not?), presentation with slides, dance performance, reunion. …

Rehearsing Relay

Over the past six months, I’ve traveled down the river and met not only hundreds of amazing river people, but perhaps most importantly, I met the one man who I believe I’ll spend the rest of my life with. Right on the river in Minneapolis! This river, and this project, are already—and swiftly—changing and uprooting in ways very welcome! The fortunate thing of this new union is that my new partner is not only a great person connected to the river, but he is a runner! And we have become quite the relay team. Since August, we have run in …

We are moving. We are dancing.

Today’s performance at #TEDxQuincy was awesome! So many thanks to my #relayteam for making this come together so seamlessly and my support system at home in LA and MN. Love to you all at both ends of our Great #mississippiriver #relayofvoices #thegreatriverrun #ahouseunbuilt #tedx #tedxtalks

Notes from Clarksdale

LISA: fullness; brimming; island time; teal building; barrier; influx; disperse; 45 miles; whirling; sunsets…

CARLA: wandering around town / picnic in the gazebo…

Long Overdue: Last Long Run

It’s official. The Advance Tour for #relayofvoices #thegreatriverrun is in it’s last 24 hours. A storm has been making it’s way inland from just off the coast, thwarting our plans to take a boat to the Mouth of the River today… the “3 passes” that is—that’s right, it’s a Delta, it fans out, and there is not just one way out, there are many.

How the Back Porch Sits

This past Wednesday, around 3:30pm, I headed out from Chicago toward a downstate gem—Quincy, IL. I had been invited to attend the Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) Conference being hosted there as well as present Relay to the 40+ commissioners gathering there from the 10 states touched by the Great River.