Met Annie here on Cowbird some time back. After reading some of her stories i discovered i was already familiar with one of them from a spot she did on one of my favorite radio casts. Good story and i will include a link below. She has worked as a reporter for El Diario and NYTimes and now spends her time managing Cowbird, producing Radio Ambulante and freelance reporting of more personal interest stories. Hope i said that right. Anyway, we met in person yesterday and walked through Dumbo and talked and exchanged stories and so on. It was pretty badass for me as i felt she had some experience, wisdom or maybe even secret handshakes to share with a visual troubadour like me that is perhaps not as far along on the path. She was as inclusive as you could hope for someone to be. After our initial introductions the theme quickly became father's day. We headed toward the East River as i told her about my first and favorite father's day ever and in mid sentence we looked down and saw Dad+Man=♥ scrawled on the sidewalk. Pretty sure that proves that unicorns either are or were once real. Anyway, we eventually sat and she told me about her father's kidnapping in Colombia and what that was like for him, her and the rest of her family. She also told me some stories about her years as a crime reporter for the Times and those were both raw and humorous. All things i haven't experienced and i could have sat and listened all week. Storytelling is a beautiful thing. I shot a few photographs of her and then went on my way, visiting with a few more friends, eating watermelon salads on rooftops, staying up all night and ultimately boarding a plane to Costa Rica where i now sit. Not sure what will happen here but it will all get sorted out in time. Knowing there are others out there chasing things simply because their internal compass tells them they should makes me feel slightly less insane right now. I read many of your stories and know i have much to learn from all of you. Really like the idea of becoming more connected with some of you so we can exchange ideas, leads and hold doors open for each other. My lines are always open, kinfolks. Have camera, will travel.
Here is a link to Annie's This American Life story...
As well as a link to one of my favorite stories of hers here on Cowbird.