This October, I’ve been holed up at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology with Adam Hill. We’ve started work on an unconventional eco-opera for young people that combines music making and poetry with ideas around natural stewardship. Through outreach, we’re hoping to glean kids’ thoughts and use their ideas to shape the work. We had the opportunity to lead workshops with two local schools and collectively compose a piece around water. We’ve also been writing some poem/songs together including one about living in a metal tent (aka our van). We’ve got a handful of nights left here with running water before we roll down the coast. I’m grateful for this time to watch seals catch salmon in the estuary, meet other artists and ecologists asking different questions, and try out new creative ideas.