I've been thinking a lot about rivers lately and the ways they connect us to a larger whole - people, places, cultures, traditions, landscapes, ecosystems, wildlife, the list goes on... They truly are heritage corridors. Nowhere that I've lived before has water and the history of settlement and land uses been so central to my everyday life. At least I haven't been as aware of it any other place. When I think about the network - the world of Rivers - flowing together and to the sea it gives me goose bumps.
|Humble beginnings of the Mississippi. Source|
A few years ago they made a movie of A Prairie Home Companion. I saw it in Portland with my friend Rosie. Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin sing a song called "My Minnesota Home" and they sing about their home on the Mississippi.
(Warning: if you're Minnesotan and not living in Minnesota, this song will probably make you cry. It made me weep in the theatre. Thank goodness Rosie was there to hold my hand and cry with me.)
What rivers have played a major role in your life? Do you feel connected to a particular river?
When I was hiking in the upper watershed last week, I met a man who told me that he has lived all over the country, and every place he lives he always volunteers with the local river group. Seems like a good way to meet some good people, some "our people" people, kindred spirits (as Sara would say)!