Friday, March 8, 2013

Tribute to a Geographer

If you are reading this then it stands to reason that you are somehow interested in geography and/or design. As such, you should know that this person lived. She was my jr. high art and geography teacher. And she was my Mom.
If you find yourself near the Straights of Mackinac this June 22, and you are inclined, feel free to join us at 45.78386, -84.75724 to celebrate a life generously lived.

Chris Ann Nelson, 1949 - 2013

You taught me to look and keep looking for the loveliness in everything and every one. Through all of your peaks and troughs that seemed so scary at the time, I don't think there was ever a time when I wasn't fully aware of your love or confident of your support. You filled my head with the crazy idea that I could do just about anything and I lived to make you proud, right up until all I could do was drip water into your mouth and whisper that it was me who was proud of you and it was ok to let go. I'll miss you so.


  1. Beautiful words John. My most sincere condolences.

  2. Condolences John and to your family

  3. Sweet tribute, John. Condolences.

  4. Sorry to hear of your loss, John. I can see your mother's influence on you through your maps, which are both intriguing works of art and geography.