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Monday, October 2, 2006

One of the photographers that I hung out with at Erica's funeral is Paula Lerner. I had heard her name when I first got into the editorial photography business, and always imagined her to be this older, brassy New Yorker who'd been there, done that in a predominantly male-dominated world. I wasn't terribly off base, but she's from Boston.

I was asked by Erica and Ed to sit on a panel discussion at Photo Plus Expo in New York a few years back when Paula was unable to participate. When Ed and Erica introduced me to Paula for the first time not long afterwards, asking me if we had met yet, I said, "no, but it's nice to meet you. I'm really glad you couldn't make it for the panel discussion at Photo Plus Expo!" Paula, Ed, his wife Barbara and Erica all looked at me oddly. Then they looked at Paula, who said, "um, well, I was getting chemotherapy. I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer."

Nice, Adrienne.

Since then, Paula and I have had a few discussions, mostly about getting money out of tightfisted executives at cable broadcasting stations, and I've followed her work on women in Afghanistan and her documentation of breast cancer survivors who walk for the cure. Only recently did I find out that she was well into her breast cancer project when she herself was diagnosed! I can't imagine how trippy that had to have been, and I said as much to her via email. She wrote about the experience and one of our online industry mags published it, if you're interested. And you should be - October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"Covering A Story from Inside and Out"

Recently, her work was published on washingtonpost.com:


"Photographer's Journey for the Cure"

For more information about the book, go to: "Why We Walk" .

And then, I come to find out that my friend Mandie, whom we were going to stay with had we made it to Los Angeles when we were in Vegas, also had breast cancer last year. She's now fine, having caught it really early. So, if you haven't gotten a mammogram recently, do it. I am not up for any more funerals any time soon...

So, back in Kanab. We were planning to head to Jackson, WY, then to Big Timber, MT, to drop off Bokeh, and make our way, trailerless, to Seattle, WA. We needed a deadline to get us moving. This morning, Chris discovered that MaryAnne Golon, one of our most favorite people, was on faculty for one of Rich Clarkson's photography workshops in Jackson. Ta Da! But, we still needed to interview Paul Berry at Best Friends for the project. A busy man, I wasn't sure we'd be able to get him, but Chris was his usual charming self, and his PR handler said to meet at his office at 4:30. In the meantime, Kim and I went to go play with the cerebal palsy kitties, whom we just love!

The interview with Paul was, for me, a catalyst. Here's this guy, totally charismatic, the model CEO for a non-profit organization, and in the middle of his "interview" which, as I've said, I deliberately don't interfere with on purpose, I did ask one question, "do you remember what the first communication back to Utah was about what you were seeing and experiencing?" And Paul literally broke down in tears. More than a year later and he still can't tell the story without choking up. Later in his story, *I* began crying, as I visualized the scene he was describing, and that set him off again. He told his PR handler, a WONDERFUL woman named Barbara, that this was the last time he was ever telling this story. I later commented that if he could tell the story without crying, he was in the wrong job, you know? Anyway, that afternoon I began to get sick.

FOOD REVIEW

Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Ham & Red and Green Peppers
Natural High Peasant Omelette with Potatoes & Sauteed Onions
9 out of 10

We didn't realize that the Peasant Omelette was not a no-cook meal, so fyi... We also didn't notice that the Scrambled eggs were a serving for one. There were three of us, so I just put the two together and cooked 'em up. Actually, I prepared the scrambled eggs as directed, cooked the omelette as directed and threw the scrambled eggs mix in at the end. Super yummy!!! Other than the cleanup, we'd eat this again in a hearbeat...


Things we LOVE
Scooter the hind leg-less cat

Things we HATE
Breast Cancer and that the Best Friends' tour no longer stops at the Kitty Motel where the cerebral palsy kitties are because people on the tour got upset by seeing them spazzing out! I guess there was a day when we used to lock up cerebral palsy people out of sight, too...
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