Philadelphia Meets Malibu. Anne Meets Kathy Eldon As Creative Visions Rolls Into Philadelphia October 2, 2013
I was so moved yesterday to receive this email invite from Kathy Eldon. We’ve been in digital contact for almost a year now — introduced by Charles Kochel of Abacus Wealth Partners, a B corp specializing in managing the financial assets of clients with progressive values.
It’s Kathy’s son Dan Eldon, the photojournalist stoned to death by an angry in Mogadishu in July 1993, who has been my personal muse for a very long time. Every investigation of a personal interest of mine tends to have a line that intersects the lives of Dan and Kathy Eldon.
For example, I’ve long been fascinated with the origin of human civilization in Africa, as determined by famed members of the Louis and Mary Leakey family. Kathy worked for Louis Leakey when she and her husband Mike lived in Nairobi with Dan and sister Amy. Leakey’s granddaughter Lara was one of Dan’s closest friends.
Inexplicably in the beginning, I’ve been very drawn to Kibera, one of the world’s largest slums, located outside Nairobi. The Eldon famly lived 3/4 of a mile from Kibera and were actively involved with events and artists living there.
Today, 5% of GlamTribale’s revenues are dedicated to providing sanitary pads to school girls in Kibera, where significant numbers of our beads are produced.
Other intersections are too powerful to ignore between myself and the Eldon clan. ABC Philadelphia filmed our GlamTribale shop in Lancaster on the 20th anniversary of Dan’s death. We talk about Dan lavishly in our marketing materials, so — who knows — perhaps he sent a lightening bolt to ABC Action News. Stranger things have happened in my life.
I’m thrilled beyond words to meet Kathy Eldon for real at this exciting Creative Visions event on Oct. 2 in Philadelphia. Kathy’s new book ‘In the Heart of Life: A Memoir’ will be published on September 24. It seems that an in-depth interview is in order. ~ Anne