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PechaKucha Presentation

Crossing the Atacama Desert

PRESENTED ON JUN 26, 2013
IN KUWAIT CITY @ VOL 9

Faisal Al-Nakib details his experience taking place in the Atacama Crossing desert foot race in Chile. He describes how the challenge helped him grow and learn more about himself while on his 250 km (155 mile) journey in one week.

"Presentation of the Day" on August 29, 2013.

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Outdoor life

BY GREVILLE WORTHINGTON
@ VOL 2 ON JAN 28, 2010

Let Greville Worthington guide you through his outdoor life.

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Playing the Field

BY JONATHAN WALLIS
@ VOL 3 ON OCT 26, 2011

Jonathan and his fun activities in the field at the back of his house. This presentation is in English.

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Food Desert

BY ANTHONY LEE
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 20, 2013

Retired electrician, Navy veteran, and community gardener Anthony Lee addresses the lack of fresh produce in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. With the encouragement of his beloved wife, Linette Williams Lee, and the help of the Tulane City Center and the Tulane School of Architecture, Lee engaged his community to build the Magellan Street Garden.

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From the Sonoran Desert to Bedford

BY KATRINA HASSAN
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Katrina Hassan tells her story of moving to Bedford from the Sonoran Desert. Expect tales of monsoon deserts, punk grandmothers, marriage, upcycling, textiles, giant pinatas, rubbish jobs, excellent baking, a cute garden and a rocking baby.

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Crossing Seas and Authorities

BY MIKE REID
@ VOL 121 ON JAN 28, 2015

"This was my fate, 'Death by Shark Attack', promised to me by all my friends."

In Crossing Seas and Authorities from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 121, Adventurer Mike Reid discusses his journey kayaking from the west coast of Japan to South Korea. He shows us that riding the Sea of Japan/Korea was not always the most difficult aspect of the expedition — there’s always customs.

"Presentation of the Day" on February 20, 2015.

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Desert Rose

BY JULIE LAURENT
@ VOL 2 ON AUG 20, 2015

Julee Laurent-Clancy is the Director of Development for Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Julee grew up in Florida and Los Angeles, and has been a resident of St. Joe/Benton Harbor for 13 years. Traveling is not a hobby for Julee - it is a need. Her travels have taken her to Japan, Italy, Costa Rica, Belize, Spain and 40 of the United States. 

One day Julee decided to drive cross-country from Los Angeles to Florida, pick up her kids and let them meet the celebrities of Hollywood. She packed up her convertable and left in the dead of night. What happens when you're in the middle of the Mojave desert with an empty gas tank?

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Third Sundays on Front Street Outdoor Market

BY DOT SCHNERING
@ VOL 31 ON MAY 18, 2017

Dot Schnering presents Third Sundays on Front Street Outdoor Market, a street market highlighting the creative and innovative side of Dayton. She also helps vendors make the leap from temporary to permanent business locations while rejuvenating the area. 

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Desolate Beauty: A Contemplation of the Desert

BY DAVID MORRISON
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

Contemplative writer David Morrison and Monk Drums (El Paso vol.11) creator Jacob Neria takes us on a journey of of sound, image, and spoken word celebrates a vision of desert spirituality.

As David explains, there is a beauty that can be experienced in the scarcity of desert if we come to it with contemplative eyes. The word, “contemplation,” in Latin, means to “gaze intently upon.” It’s possible to walk in desert landscapes and witness its emptiness until a stunning beauty arises. And further, this beauty begins to gaze into the beholder, and one is transformed forever. In the Irish language, “to contemplate,” means to place oneself at the “edge of waiting.” The desert is a liminal space on the edge of what’s familiar, and it draws and enchants those who dare to walk in its kenotic embrace.

The images are not professionally shot nature photos, but rather the simple snapshots of a lifelong desert walker. The haikus are not literary as much as they are experiential. Mary Oliver sums it up perfectly: "Every day I walk out into the world / to be dazzled, then to be reflective."

David Morrison and Jacob Neria are members of Desert Rain Community, a contemporary community of Christian contemplative monks located outside El Paso in Chaparral, NM.

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Crossing Boundaries

BY RYAN GANN
@ VOL 39 ON SEP 06, 2016

Ryan Gann with some observations on the US/Mexico border and suggests approaches to border civility.