One Small Step…

Almost everyone on planet Earth was watching when Neil Armstrong took that first step and said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” On July 20, 1969 I was with some friends in Los Angeles riveted to a black-and-white TV set as the drama unfolded. It is one of those significant “flashbulb memory” events that when asked, “do you remember where you were?” most everyone can easily recall an answer.

Over the years we’ve taken thousands of steps on Kehoe Beach where we’ve collected boots, flip-flops and shoe parts, heels, insoles, padded inserts, and whole shoes. Tattered and worn. Never a pair, just one right or one left. Each asks the question, “Do you know where you came from and how you arrived on the beach?” All have been on a journey over land and sea. The answers affirm the movement of the ocean currents that connect us all.

In March 2019 we were invited to present A Pilgrimage of Soles an installation of our collection of shoes for The Geography of Hope Conference in Point Reyes Station. We describe our Big Step HERE. For our conference display we combined our shoes with favorite quotes.  

In the succulent garden at Art Mind Park, one singular doll foot stands as a reminder of events — cosmic and down to earth— that all begin with one small step.  

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