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  • No. 4: A River Connected: stories about river, race, home, and climate

    12 Noon, Thursday, April 21, 2022 All communities, every state Gathering and Welcome Introduction: Who are you, where are you, and what is the river to you? River—Climate: Terry Eagle and John Koch Two voices from Muscatine, Iowa working to put vital natural resources back into action reshaping the environment. Q&A: How are you contributing…

  • No. 3: A River Connected: stories about river, race, home, and climate

    12 Noon, Thursday, March 17, 2022 All communities, every state Gathering and Welcome Introduction: Who are you, where are you, and what is the river to you? River—Climate: Mohns Fish Market The last commercial fishing operation on the Upper Mississippi, a family operation that makes their life and work on the river. Q&A: How does…

  • No. 2: A River Connected: stories about river, race, home, and climate

    12 Noon, Thursday, February 17, 2022 All communities, every state Gathering and Welcome Introduction: Who are you, where are you, and what is the river to you? River—Race: Terry Larson “First man of the river” who makes his home right at the Headwaters in Minnesota, Terry is deeply connected to the water and the land…

  • No. 1: A River Connected: stories about river, race, home, and climate

    12 Noon, Thursday, January 20, 2022 All communities, every state Gathering and Welcome Introduction: Who are you, where are you, and what is the river to you? River—Home: Pete Gansen Zoning Director in Aitkin, Minnesota with a home situated right at the Diversion Channel. A special affinity for this place along the river as home…

  • MRN’s River Days of Action Lunch and Learn

    What an honor to participate in this series of 40 events calling people to action around the Mississippi River. Yesterday’s Lunch and Learn, hosted by the Mississippi River Network was an exciting opportunity to reconsider what was most important about our journey down the river now two years ago. But not only what was important about the journey itself, but what remains constant and continuing, what carries on in the work I am doing with the wealth of material we gathered and the continued connections with our river communities—having such an opportunity really does re-energize and refocus the effort that has been something of a struggle during the isolation of the pandemic.

  • Week Seventeen | Headwaters to Gulf: a Relay Zoom Reunion Wrap-up

    What an amazing convening! …On November 5th, one year from our final day of the Relay when we reached the Mouth of the Mississippi River, we had the great opportunity to reconnect with 30 people who helped us make that journey and shared their voices with us along the way.

  • Week Sixteen | Violet, LA to Venice, LA (the End of the World): the last 100 miles

    The last 100 miles… and we made it to the mouth of the river this week, once again. But this time we were joined by Hurricane Zeta—a not so welcome storm system that swept across southeastern Louisiana, wrecking coastal communities that we have come to love through our time spent downriver last year. Due to this unfortunate timing, many of our coastal friends were unable to join us on this final virtual leg of Zoom sessions. However, James and Alora Madere did find an internet connection while in search for a loaf of bread, and basically stole the show! We quickly got off topic of our presentation as the hour—or was it two hours—wore on, but we were so glad to catch up and see them safe as well.

  • Week Fifteen | Convent-Lutcher, LA to New Orleans, LA: the next 100 miles

    This stretch of Louisiana, through the River Parishes, into Kenner and New Orleans, was filled with strong memories for us as we sifted back through the archive, remembering the weather getting cooler, the rain moving in, and not only the rain, but the storms—including Tropical Storm Olga during our first night in Kenner. Fortunately we were housed in the Emergency Operations Center, so safe from it all we barely heard the wind blowing, but we saw the damages and devastation the next day. These memories echo today in the wake of new storms hitting even closer to home.

  • Week Fourteen | Morganza, LA to St. Gabriel, LA: the next 200 miles

    It’s clear we are deep into Louisiana now—back home if you will—because the voices joining us at this week’s Zoom felt somehow more familiar and the virtual hugs more frequent. Also, too, there was a general banding together against the shared threat of this recently daunting hurricane season through the dialogue before and after me and Tom’s sharing out. It was a good group and gathering to be sure. But so is every week!

  • Week Thirteen | Tallulah/Mound, LA to Vidalia/Black Hawk, LA: the next 160 miles

    It feels like just days ago when I was writing here about Hurricane Laura heading toward my home town of Lake Charles and intersecting with several of our river communities after it made land fall and turned northeasterly. But in fact, it’s been several weeks, and enough time for a new hurricane to rear its ugly head and chart its course for Lake Charles once again as well as our river friends in the very week we were traveling through this time last year.