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Rachel Tondreault is one of the main characters in a play about addiction. She and the cast tour around New England in communities hit by the opioid epidemic. It’s a powerful story about family, betrayal, and forgiveness.

And for Rachel, it’s all too familiar.

 

Mari Andrew was leading a charmed existence. At 30 years old, she had a book deal, was living in Spain, learning Flamenco, and making a living through her art.

And then one day, she came down with a mysterious disease. A disease that would turn Mari's life on its head.

The illness kept her hospitalized for a month -- and disabled long after that. It took her away from the things she loved and shattered her sense of identity.

But it also resulted in something unexpected: a relationship with the natural world that was as powerful as it was surprising. 

I recorded and edited the audio for this video in less than 12 hours for the Salt Institute's "doc in a day" challenge.

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Thousands of people waited in line to see Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” during its opening week at the Hirshhorn museum. I asked some of them to describe what the experience was like and how the trippy, kaleidoscopic rooms made them feel.