Email 18

Subject:  Re: Question about pictures
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Acacia tree in Kenya, near the place where I was born.

I was born in the highlands of Kenya, and I grew up in Tanzania, Brazil, Morocco, India, and a few other places.  My parents were teachers who traveled widely.  I’m not sure whether they taught so they could travel or whether they traveled so they could teach–but they loved both.  I learned about the world at an early age.  I could speak Portuguese, Spanish, English, and a bit of Swahili and Arabic by the time I was 12 years old.

My mother was interested in folklore.  She searched out the old people wherever we lived, and she asked them to tell her their stories.  My mother had beautiful handwriting, and I remember watching her in the evenings, carefully copying the stories into notebooks.

In college, I studied English, art and physics, but I soon got bored and left the classroom behind.  I began to travel the back roads of Europe and Asia.  Like my mother, I found myself drawn to storytellers in out-of-the-way places.  I have used my camera, sketchpad, and notebook to record unusual things I’ve seen and heard.

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