To Live in this World

by Jordan Thomas and Kenzie Wade, Digital Ethnography Class of 2014

This past semester, seven of the eleven students in my Digital Ethnography class moved into a continuing care retirement community full-time, while the other four visited often. After four months and 100+ hours of interviews, the students found themselves fully immersed in the lives and stories of the residents. This short compresses many lifetimes into a brief exploration of meaning and significance throughout the life cycle. I’ll post more thoughts about the semester and videos from other students soon …

In the meantime, for more background on how and why we started living in a retirement community, check out our full-length documentary from 2013, Smile Because it Happened.


Associate professor of cultural anthropology. Ed Traceur. Hacker. Car-free.

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6 Responses

  1. Hunter says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Tearjerker for sure!

  2. Nancy White says:

    I could say so much, but I’ll stick with “THANK YOU.”

  3. John says:

    Jordan and Kenzie, that was beautiful. What a wonderful experience for you both, and wonderful for all of us to share a little slice of it. Best of luck to you!

  4. Cindy says:

    “Beautiful.” “Incredibly moving.” “Wonderful.” “Amazing.” ” I used up a box of Kleenex.” Comments from our friends on your successful adventure, Kenzie and Jordan. You made us all think about our own lives and how rich we are with memories from our own elders. We are proud of you both and thank you for the memories.

  5. Mike Russell says:

    Absolutely wonderful!!! So touching and so real. Thank you for sharing your experiences and for capturing the wisdom of another generation.