My wife and I were recently in Barcelona (more on that another day), immersed in its many-layered histories and beauty, when I received a surprise email from a producer for the great weekly television program CBS Sunday Morning, inquiring if I would care to be the subject of a profile for an upcoming broadcast.
Timed to air on the thematically-relevant Easter Sunday, April 4th, this segment would feature my “All the Saints of the City of the Angels” project, wherein I had explored the multi-cultural heritage of Los Angeles, via its 100+ streets named for saints.
Of course I was ecstatic – and grateful – and, as soon as we returned to L.A., I began preparing for the film crew’s visit – which was an adventure in itself, as my studio had been hastily converted into a storage facility when our home’s sewer line irrevocably broke, just before our trip to Spain…. Ah, Best of times, Worst of times….
Nonetheless, I was able to re-establish peace, space, and reasonable tranquility in time for our interview.
I had long esteemed reporter Martha Teichner as one of the most thoughtful and cultured of reporters on Sunday Morning; so I was doubly pleased that she was selected to interview me. She was thoroughly engaging during the nine hours we spent together; insightful and empathic, and the pleasant source of sweet stories of interviews past.
Producer Brian Healy hovered helpfully in the background throughout the day, offering spot-on suggestions and tips to enrich the segment that will ultimately appear on the show (if it appears, of course).
Each time All the Saints gets a little exposure like this, that I get interviewed or asked to speak on the project, provides me a much-appreciated opportunity to better understand the project myself. These ten years of researching, writing, exploring, and painting the City of the Angels’ saint-streets and street saints add up to a significant portion of my time here on this blue marble, and probably constitute one of the most thoughtful, if meandering, meditations on how I view the world.
I am grateful to CBS Sunday Morning for the opportunity to explore this project again, and to share it with others. I hope those of you who view the segment, on televised air, or in some online version, will get something useful and reflective out of it as well.
All best. Blessings.