Whidbey to Ecuador via Portland

house-in-clouds-cover-small-200x300WhidbeyAIR host Perry Woodfin recently interviewed his friend Judy Blankenship during her book tour for her new book Our House in the Clouds: Building a Second Life in the Andes of Ecuador .

Taking a recorder to Portland, Perry sat down with Judy and her husband Michael Jenkins to hear about her latest book and all that’s lead up to it’s writing in their lives.

Link to listen below

Published in March 2013 by University of Texas Press, Our House in the Clouds: Building a Second Life in the Andes of Ecuador tells the story of Judy and Michael deciding to live permanently (six months each year) in the community of Cañar, Ecuador, 10,100 feet in the Andes Mountains.

Photo Credit Tony Cenicola/New York Times/Judy Blankeship and her husband Michael Jenkins

Photo Credit Tony Cenicola/New York Times/Judy Blankeship and her husband Michael Jenkins

“While many baby boomers are downsizing to a simpler retirement lifestyle, photographer and writer Judy Blankenship and her husband Michael Jenkins took a more challenging leap in deciding to build a house on the side of a mountain in southern Ecuador. In this absorbing memoir, Blankenship tells the interwoven stories of building their house in the clouds and strengthening their ties to the community. Blankenship writes vividly of the rituals of births, baptisms, marriages, festival days, and deaths that counterpoint her and Michael’s solitary pursuits of reading, writing, listening to opera, playing chess, and cooking.” Joanne B. Mulcahy, author of Remedios: The Healing Life of Eva Castellanoz. 

Judy Blankenship is also co-founder of the The Cañari Women’s Education Foundation.  

Perry has known Judy for decades and is excited to share this interview with you.  

Listen on demand by clicking the image below

Judy Blankenship listen

Visit Judy’s Blog >here 

New York Times article, by Sandy Keenan – Published: June 5, 2013.

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