Wanderlust Wednesday: Back to Arizona

Arizona is a strange place for me. I dry out – after a week back on the east coast, I still feel parched. I’m covered in dust brought to me by breezes that don’t stop. The noise of NYC rings in my ears, only broken by coyotes that cross my Uncle B’s ranch at night. The Border Patrol stops your car so a dog can sniff the trunk. The land is scattered with ruined concerns and cheap housing, and yet you pass the occasional gallery, winery, pilates studio. There’s no cell phone reception at the ranch – a 20 minute hike up a road that honors a town that disappeared around 1920 is required to connect. Arizonans from around the area crawl by on ATVs, dubbed “Good Lifers” by my rancher great uncle.

Still, it’s beautiful country, especially as the sun sets.

A Century Plant at Dusk. RL Fifield

A Century Plant at Dusk. RL Fifield

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About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.

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