On her last day in Bernal, freelance writer Laurel May opens up about deep attachment to the neighborhood, having Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer and about living a meaningful life. From the mad scientist experiments she and her partner Brett hosted at Halloween, to Prize Panties on Cortland Avenue (and other pranksterish fun), to walking around with her bulldog Manchester, the 4 years Laurel spent in Bernal were the most at-home she's ever felt anywhere.
Laurel and Brett are moving to Las Vegas, where they'll be part of the Downtown Project -- building a neighborhood from scratch in a blighted and rundown area. But although she's moving on, Bernal has carved a place in Laurel's soul forever. She's also been named Chairwoman of the Bernal Heights Alumni Network.
This one-take, no-edit interview is most powerful intact and untouched from start to finish -- with a run time of 21:46. We realize that's bit on the long side, but this video is a not-to-be-missed gem.
Thanks to Todd Lappin of Bernalwood for introducing us to Laurel and -- special thanks to Laurel for graciously giving us her time. You can follow Laurel's adventures at canceristhenewblack.com | @laurel43