Lo Ladies Reunion on Block Island

In 1992 seven women went trekking to Mustang – the forbidden Kingdom of Lo in Nepal. That time period was special as Lo Monthang had been closed to Western tourists for 40 years as the Tibetan Freedom Fighters, known as Khampas, used that area as a base for fighting the communist Chinese who have taken Tibet by force. For twenty-two years we have been gathering together to affirm our connection with each other and to the people and issues of the Tibetan diaspora. Our journey in 1992 was chronicled by Lynn Johnson and Claudia Dowling. The trip was arranged by Nancy Jo Johnson and Dorothy, Miriam, Kate and I rode their coattails.

Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.