During one session called "Finding the Heart of the Story,'' we watched a trailer for the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic" and we delved into its themes - love, class division, survival, irony. As we broke down that story theme by theme, I thought of some of my older stories that had multiple universal themes. One in particular was a 2003 profile I wrote about Crystal Evans, a young homeless woman in Boston.
|My Boston Globe profile on Crystal Evans|
At the time, she was hopping from one shelter to another and finding time to chronicle her life on the streets via her blog. I heard about the blog, which had several hundred daily visitors, and tracked Crystal down, whose blog was anonymous. After some back and forth (I am persistent, dammit!) she agreed to let me interview her and so I spent a few days with her in Cambridge and Boston for a Sunday feature and a photo essay (which is nowhere to be found thanks to The Boston Globe's archived pay wall.) Since there was no social media back then, I am posting the story here on my own blog. If I had discussed this story during the workshop last Wednesday, I would have said the story is about finding your home, a place to belong, connection, survival. What themes do you find in this story?
Below is a portrait of our fabulous group by that Zen-ish fountain/pool at Poynter for The Multi-dimensional Journalist seminar (March 12-15, 2013)— with Laura C. Morel, Jean Marie Brown, Lisa Martin, Tom Huang, Kim Spencer, Kelly McBride, Kate Roberts Edenborg, Amy Driscoll, (me Johnny Diaz) and Sunny Smith Fridge.