"Change" seems to be the word of the month. We hear it spoken from our neighbors and colleagues, produce it from our own tongues, and see it everywhere on a daily basis in print and media. Whether it be the most popular "Fundamental Change," climate change, presidential change, economic change, or change of season- together, these are times of change and we are all some how affected.
I've been so in the midst of change that I've neglected documenting it over the last month.
A friend of mine, Chris Henderson- a filmmaker, journalist, and arts services director has taken to the road traveling across the country with friend Graham Meriwether, independent documentary journalist, to document the changes Americans are facing and to discover what change they hope a new president to bring. They're stopping through 18 swing states over the course of 18 days to find out what core values Americans hold in common. Each day they create a short video portrait of an American community that reveals the issues that are influencing voters. Almost half way through, they've come across loyal republicans who for the first time will be voting democrat this election, conservatives who say they just don't want to change, and so many who feel that voting in this election is so crucially important and personal.
Here is their last video from Nevada:
Follow the rest of their trip through their blogs:
Red Blue Road Trip
Separately, my personal biggest change of late has been a move from Williamsburg Brooklyn to Fort Greene Brooklyn this past October 1st. Williamsburg served me well over the past 2+ years. We had great times and developed something special between us. I lived in S.burg amongst the Hasidim and through distant and sometimes rather up close observance learned about an old and extremely private culture I never expected to know about. I also lived in central Williamsburg amongst Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Italians, Polish, hipsters, artists, wanderers, trustfundees, students, the displaced, out of place, run out, vegans, yuppies, queers, bridge and tunnel tourists, musicians, the jaded, soul searchers, and so on. One could call it diverse, others would say that everyone looked the same. Nevertheless no one could say the burg isn't stimulating in one way or another, visually or otherwise. A short bike ride to work and all my favorite spots- El Beit espresso, McCarren pool parties, Brooklyn kickball, Bozu sushi, Cheese shop sandwiches, Gimme Coffee, Relish, Salvation Army, Sound Fix, etc. Lots to love. Lots to drive one crazy. It was certainly becoming stagnant for me and in times of change I chose more change.
Through great serendipitous occasion, a duplex apartment was found in a beautiful brownstone near Fort Greene Park and BAM. It has a respectably sizeable peaceful green garden and an interior that is layers of old Brooklyn character and charm.
The move in process has been slow but I'm extremely happy in my new place and excited to discover the new neighborhood and those adjacent.
More change to come I presume.
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