I began working with Julie Johnson, Elevat’s founder, in University of Northwestern’s music department two years ago. Here I have been a spectator to a parade of beautiful bracelets, purses, and necklaces that have adorned the corner of her office.
I have a knack for killing plants. As the Fall season grows colder, I can’t bear to throw away thriving plants so I bring them inside, only to watch them slowly fade, drop leaves and eventually die. Take these beautiful plants out of their optimum environment, and they no longer thrive.
We trek back into the village where cars can’t go. The roads are muddy from the last burst of rain but the sun is out and steam rises up as we come upon shacks that are homes to a small group of neighbors.
Intense. If I had to describe Thailand in one word, it would be intense; intense heat, intense flavors, intense crowds. During a recent visit to the country, a simple walk to the bus stop or train had me taking in tons of stimuli.