Jewish Women's Archive in Santa Fe - Trip blog
Last year, my mother invited me to travel with her numerous times, and for various reasons, I had to decline. Finally, last fall, sitting next to me in a class we take together once a month, she slid a printout of the JWA Santa Fe invitation across the table and asked, "what do you think of this trip--we could go somewhere we have both never been to celebrate your 50th birthday?"
We had free time this morning, which people used to continue exploring museums and to shop…
This afternoon we went to the Santa Fe Art Institute, where we met photographer Gay Block, artist Gloria Abella, and anthropologist Doris Francis. They gave presentations of their work, which were provocative and moving. …
The Georgia O'Keeffe museum and research center today – ahhhh. Our docent, who was terrific, told us how nice it was to lead a group that had a very different level of questions and observations than the usual calla-lily platitudes. …
I feel like a kid in a candy store…. That's what this whole expedition has been thus far: new things to see at every turn, new people to talk to, new ways of understanding all kinds of history.
Today's itinerary was intense and full… We were on the go from first thing in the morning until tonight… We met a heady mix of artists, writers, scholars, poets, and chefs… I was struck by the talent and chutzpah of people who have come here to pursue a passion or a dream, and have reinvented themselves in the process.
Those who didn't move here from elsewhere, of course, are the Native Americans whose art and spiritual life is felt everywhere…
The day was overflowing with the stories of women who have been inspired by, actually led by, the light and the terrain and the curves of the Santa Fe landscape.
Lois Rudnick, passionate about the early women shapers of the cultural landscape in New Mexico, described this as distinctly feminist space, a place where humans do not attempt to dominate nature, but rather, the land itself establishes the law. What a way to frame the day.
As soon as I arrived at our hotel and was handed my room key, I knew we had chosen the right place for the Jewish Women's Archive's first cultural/heritage tour.
The connections have begun already.
I'm not talking about the connections between flights (inevitable, since Santa Fe is not a direct flight from the East Coast) but about the immediate, fascinating links women make with one another. Three of our Boston contingent are waiting at Logan for our first flight (which is late, making us a bit nervous about making our connection in Dallas). Within five minutes of being introduced, Liz and Rose, who have never met each other, are having an animated conversation about their career paths, home towns, children, and Jewish backgrounds. ...
It's snowing in Santa Fe – not music to the ears of those of us who are just digging out in the Northeast!
But, despite the weather, we are off for a wonderful adventure in a city whose very name evokes magic and majesty. With Stanley Hodes' book and selections from Miriam Sagan's poetry in my suitcase, I am thrilled to be a participant in JWA's first-ever tour. ...