It’s been exactly a year since this day, my last on the road:
A lot has happened since that day. As I mentioned in my last post, it was only two weeks later that I left for Boston to join Solstice, a mission-driven, hybrid business/non-profit that is opening access to affordable solar for underserved American households. I had never contemplated living on the East Coast before, but it was exactly the work I wanted to be doing.
The Solstice team was the first group of people that I really got to know in this new place, and I couldn’t be more lucky. Everyone here really cares about the equity issues at the core of our work, and put a lot of thought and hard work into making the organization better and more effective. I’ve also gotten to use the skills I got through the 360 by bike project, creating content for our website and blog, writing grant applications, and helping manage broader development work.
Then, there’s these folks:
(Not all pictured, we’re a big group.) I’ve been living in a 7-room co-op style house since September, and they’ve been a great source of community in a city where I knew very few people. Here we’re pictured gallivanting through the White Mountains in New Hampshire, but I’ve also picked up a lot from these folks about the more radically progressive thought that I think is needed right now, and been able to catch up on American conversations around race, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression.
There’s a else to say about life here, about long winters and the accumulation of time and relationships, about hard work, bicycle mechanics, and the buried uncertainties of adulthood. But that’s a lot to unpack for a quick little update like this one, so instead, I’ll leave you with some photos that I’ve taken in the last year.
6 thoughts on “A Year in Photos”
Wonderful to read this. Thanks for sharing!
Nature photos are terrific. I also enjoyed getting a look at your colleagues and housemates all assembled. And I found your accompanying narratives really engaging as they show your sharpened writing skills — especially that piquant reference to “the buried uncertainties of adulthood.” I wish I’d said that.
So I will: I’ve dug up some of my own uncertainties through the years, but there are always more down there. At 90-plus, though, I’d have to call ’em “buried uncertainties of geezerhood.”
Looking forward to seeing you in August . . .
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Thanks GRNDD! Learned from the best ❤ – and glad you agree it's important to call that out.
Forest, It is always wonderful to catch up on what you are doing. It is such important work for our world. Thank you for sharing.