Jeannette Vota recalls the story of her life
through the fog of dementia.
She is a native New Yorker,
a longtime resident of Prague
and a current resident of a retirement community
near the swamps of Mt. Dora, Florida.
To fill the time she calls her friends in Europe,
tends to her dog Noel,
watches Turner Classic Movies
and visits her eldest daughter every Sunday.
Bok Kai Festival
Each spring since the heyday of the gold rush,
the Bok Kai Parade makes its way
through Marysville, California.
The parade celebrates the Chinese water god Bok Eye,
who protects the community from flooding.
Businesses hang green cabbage
so that the 175 foot long golden dragon,
"Hong Wan Lung”
may bring good luck for the coming year.
Seated beside the Feather River
is the the Bok Kai Temple,
which before the levee’s construction
was repeatedly devasted by flooding.
For years, Chinese residents
were restricted to building in this high-risk zone.
Today, an effort to restore the temples’
water-damaged frescoes is underway.
Official music video for Abigail Stauffer’s “Ducks”
Balloons by POP! Designs & Creations
Camera Assistance by Theo Schear
Official music video for Sail by Rooms
Nicole Patrick, Peter Littlejohn, John Bochnowski, Ian Gold, Gabe Wilk
Camera Assistance by Cameron Giniel
A girl retrieves a shell
she forgot at a tavern the night before.
While holding it up to her ear,
she discovers it may be worth listening to.