“You start by writing to live. You end by writing so as not to die.”
― Carlos Fuentes
“Carlos Fuentes, Mexico’s elegant public intellectual and grand man of letters, whose panoramic novels captured the complicated essence of his country’s history for readers around the world, died on Tuesday in Mexico City. He was 83.” — New York Times
This portrait went with a story written after he had published, ”El Espejo Enterrado” (The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World).
After meeting Tana on the street at the Kennedy Center we got together again for a longer photo session. Tana is almost always decked out in vintage fashions and believe me she turns heads no matter where she’s headed on her Raleigh bicycle.
Written by Leslie Perry
So what do you do when a young twenty two year old girl comes to visit you in a retirement home? You share what is important to you. You share a part of your life. You both share something together. But if you are like me, you share your creative life. Kalen had already shared some of her stories with me. She shared it before I moved into this facility. We were sitting on the couch at The Coffee Gallery where she worked as a barista. It was on her off day and she came in just to read me some of her work. When she finished I told her that it was good writing. She was pleased to hear me say that. She really was a good writer.
When I told folks that I was moving into an assistant living facility, my friends told me they would come visit me. I told them I invite all phone calls and visits. Kalen said she would visit me every Wednesday.