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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • The journey starts now.

    This blog is so overdue. I’ve been meaning to write something, even the start of something since last Wednesday when I was driving from work down Ashland Avenue, heading to Mana for rehearsal. Traffic was stop and go and I found myself zoning out in that way where suddenly I am thinking about something I didn’t expect at all to be in my mind! But wham! there it is and there’s a clarity to whatever it is… Like I got on the highway despite being in the very clogged rush hour city street.