“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.”
― Norman Maclean,
I was born by the sea. Where I grew up, in Israel, going to one of the sandy beaches on the Mediterranean, was always a good option. Just being by the water, your heart beat syncs with the rhythm of the soft waves that fondle the shores, creating the perfect backdrop for play, work and love. As life takes me to different parts of the world for fun, for work, for family … I discovered that rivers have a similar effect on one’s body and soul. Rivers calm you and make you more aware of your surroundings. They have a way of making you feel the present. They connect and they heal. And as I meet the people who live by rivers, I beggan to notice something – the rivers attract unique people who appreciate the awesome beauty and forces of nature
Many times, as I was passing by a restaurant, a gallery, a hotel or any other business, I would wonder “who are the people behind these establishments? How did they come to do what they do? And why here?” I wanted to know their unique stories.
I believe that rivers have the power to ignite creativity. Sit quietly by a river. Listen to and watch the water flow. Magically, you feel better and even more mindful of yourself. I think that the river can help wash away the noise and help us focus on what we love and feel. It can help us to find our passions and talents.
So I have set out to prove my theories, to explore my new surroundings and to engage with some of the fascinating personalities that one can find living along the rivers. Here is an ever evolving collection of their tales.
If you also feel inspired by these stories, feel free to share. And please contact me if you want to share your own story or tell me about someone else I should meet.