You Here Now’s first episode, Fire on the Mountain, features Ann Black’s story of loss and grief as she is slowly reborn. On August 16, 2020, A powerful storm grew above the Pacific Ocean, unleashing about 11,000 bolts of lightning along the Santa Cruz Mountains in Northern California. The lightning strikes ignited the brutal fire, fueled by wind and dry weather, burning over 86,000 acres of coastal redwood forest and destroying at least 925 mountain homes. Massive flames ripped through neighborhoods, transforming peoples’ homes and most precious possessions into ashen debris. Boulder Creek (pop. 5,182) is among the affected little towns that dot the mountains along the San Lorenzo River. It’s an idyllic spot – less than 15 miles from the beach, lush with towering redwood trees, and creeks spilling lazily down the mountains.
Ann and her family lost her home and she shares her story with us of the fire on the mountain and what that meant for her and her family. We begin the episode with a short discussion about the fire, the location, and some processes that the Earth undergoes when there is a loss of a home. Then we share Christine Boyd Miller’s interview with Ann. Following that Amy speaks with Michelle Marlahan about grief, loss, ceremony, and ritual.
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