...I am sitting in a small hotel on the Amazon Riverbank and earlier this afternoon the group of middleschool kids I am with shared in my visit to a small island where a Peruvian family hosted us for a brief stop to see where/how they live. I've been carrying the stone from Missoula in all of my Peruvian travels and as we boarded the boat to depart the isla, I reached into my pocket and pulled out the "ROSENSTEIN" and handed it to a small girl who was standing shoreside. She stood on the shore, rubbing the smooth stone between her fingers and smiling warmly as we pulled away from her home...

Pamela Gasper
June 29, 2009
near Iquitos, Peru