I landed in Bolivia after a grueling overnight flight from Miami in El Alto, the highest international airport in the world at a dizzying altitude of 13,323 feet (4,061 m). Coming from the flat land of Minnesota at meager 830 feet (264 m) above sea level and a restless night’s sleep, I felt exhausted, unbalanced and elated all the same to finally be in Bolivia. A driver from our hotel picked us up and drove us the short 8 miles or so down into the […]
Bolivia has the largest indigenous population in South America with an estimated 60% of her population claiming indigenous descent. In La Paz, the most prominent indigenous culture is the Aymara who are known for their rich, highland culture and colorful handicrafts. Walking down the streets of La Paz, the landscape is awash is brilliant colors of tapestries, handwoven scarves, hats and sweaters, and tiny little street side shops and stalls run by the local Aymara women. Cholitas dressed in wide, layered […]
Oftentimes I become so incredibly focused in my global advocacy work that I forget that several awful things happen right under my nose here in the United States. Recently the media has gone into high speed telling stories igniting fierce protests across the nation about recent police brutality and racism. However, one story that has not received as much attention by the media is the sickening and increasing level of young girls in our nation who are getting trapped into prostitution. Here are […]
Over the past week, I’ve been off the grid so to speak, in the high Andes of Bolivia. My blog has been quiet while I spent four days sleeping at 15,400 feet at the foot of Condoriri Mountain (5648 m) in the Cordillera Real Range of Bolivia. It was quite an adventure to say the least. One that I will never forget and one that I am still recovering from. My dad and I managed to climb two mountains in two […]
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I have so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. My family, my health and happiness. I am surrounded by love and am so fortunate to be able to follow my dreams. Yesterday after a series of setbacks my dad and I arrived at the highest airport in the world in La Paz, Bolivia. A trip that had so much striking against us. A trip we were supposed to do a year ago until that dreadful news. Cancer. Now a […]
“A Land to Inspire our Spirit: Grand Canyon – one of Earth’s most powerful, inspiring landscapes- overwhelms our senses. Its story tells of geologic processes played out over unimaginable time spans as a unique combination of size, color, and dazzling erosion forms: 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. Our responsibility as good stewards is to pass on this gift, pristine and preserved, to future generations”. Grand Canyon National Park The Grand Canyon is […]
“I have my own definition of minimalism, which is that which is created with a minimum of means”. – La Monte Young By far the most beautiful thing about Cuba is her people. Despite their hardships, they have persevered and show hope. They may not have a lot of material goods let alone food to put on the table yet their spirits remain fierce and strong. Here are a few of my favorite shots that represent resilience, pain, hope and minimalism.
Last week, I wrote about my emotional visit to the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. It was a post that I sat on for a long time, not even sure how to begin to put my feelings into words. I realize that even thirteen years later, 9/11 still feels in some way like yesterday and the fear, emotions and horror of that day still remain vivid and raw within my soul. I didn’t lose anyone close to me that […]
“May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance, and intolerance”. – 9/11 Memorial Descending down into the depths of humanity lies the unexplainable. Within the two footprints of the North and South Towers, cries almost three thousand tears of the innocent lives lost from a horrendous act against our freedom.
To be a great photographer means capturing a moment in time and conveying its significance without words. I am by no means a professional photographer. However, I love to capture images that evoke feeling and capture emotion that I can use together with my words to tell a story. When I think about what one photo I would choose to convey the meaning of thirdeyemom and what is behind my blog, it is impossible. For my blog is continually changing and […]