The event was at the Spalding House, a Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust property with lots of historic New England atmosphere.
Even just hearing Aaron Birk chatting with Suzz Cromwell before the presentation about Philadelphia and how he likes that there's lots of activism, yoga studios on every corner --- no mention of bars, late night partying, burritos, or venture capital -- told me I was in for a treat.
|Aaron and Suzz before the talk|
|Delicious Food from UTEC's FreshRoots Program|
Cities, the environment, bees, vultures, Buddhism, locally grown vegetables, and indie film. Oh my! All kinds of intersections with my interests!
|Spalding House Entrance|
|Pawtucket Falls Overlook|
|Aaron Passed around Copies of the Book while He Talked|
His presentation also included lots of images that aren't in the book yet and amazing slides of traditional Nepali bee hunters. One of the images he showed that's not in this installment of the novel was a beautiful drawing of a Himalayan griffon vulture flying over the city. The desolate city and the griffon vulture were just so evocative of decay and renewal! Not only did he talk about vultures, but he also spoke a little about Buddhism. I had to tell him my story about seeing my life Himalayan griffon circling over a cliff side monastery high on the Tibetan plateau.
|Signing Books in Front of Old Clock|
I got plenty of time to talk with Aaron about vultures and tell him my story of seeing my first ever griffon vulture when I was in Tibet. When he signed my copy of the book, he inscribed the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum.
Back home that night, I dreamed of bees and of beautiful soaring vultures.