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Sharry Miller
Valdez, Alaska
I'm a creative soul living life in Alaska.
Interests: I love trying new things and have played with fiber arts, quilting, fused glass, stained glass, lampworking, and a variety of other art forms. I'm also a budding adult athlete (after a childhood of inactivity) and indulge in bicycling, triathlon, hiking, skiing, and occaisonal attempts at running. I also enjoy reading nearly anything and writing about my experiences (hence this blog).
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It never ceases to amaze me the ways in which I can contrive to crush my own spirit. I'm sure I've written about this before, so forgive me if I'm being redundant. There's been a lot of press over the years about how we need to ensure our children's self-esteem is kept high, how the little things we say to other people inadvertently tear them down, how, essentially, we're all responsible for creating a kinder,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Sharry Miller
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Thane found a link on BBC this morning to an article about myopia, nearsightedness. It's been traditionally thought that myopia is inherited as well as exacerbated by excessive reading or other close work - a description that certainly seemed to explain my extreme nearsightedness as a child. This article focused (ha, ha) on another theory: myopia may be impacted by genetics and habits, but the primary cause seems to be too much time spent indoors.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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Where is this year going already? This is day 7 of the Sgraffito Challenge which means it's January 7th. In my little pea-brain, I'm still supposed to be in Hawaii and the new year isn't supposed to have even started. Slow it down already! Today's assignment finally allowed us to use a tool, anything we chose or made, to manipulate our powder into a drawing. The only restriction was that it couldn't be a paintbrush.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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Yes, yes, I know. There was no Day 5. I admit it, I drank malbec and played on the computer instead. Today I probably should have done the same. Yesterday, as part of her description of Day 5's assignment, Kelly Crosser Alge defined "comparalysis." I'm going to be bad and steal the image right off her website: Isn't that just the truth? I'm suffering a bad case of comparalysis as I look at the photos... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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I'm putting my time turner to use again to tell you about one more of our adventures in Hawaii. Tuesday, December 30, 2014, ended up being one of our favorite days on Maui, and that's saying a lot since I haven't told you about snorkeling at the Dumps, kayaking in rough water, SCUBA diving on a wrecked fishing vessel.... Even though it wasn't our favorite road, we drove the Hana Highway again, this time in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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Because I don't already have enough to do, and because I'm always looking for ways to improve my glass-working skills, and because it was there, I decided to participate in a 30-day challenge Kelly Crosser Alge is hosting called the 30-Day Sgraffito Challenge. Of course, I started out behind since we just got back from Hawaii, but I managed to get caught up yesterday and today. If you didn't already know, sgraffito is a technique... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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In the spirit of living in the present (and giving into the inevitable), I did my best to embrace being back home from Maui today, even if I was suffering from a 65 degree drop in temperature. It was 17 F and the sun hadn't quite made it over the mountains when I forced myself out of the hot tub and left the house just before noon this morning to go snowshoeing. It really was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Sharry Miller
You're welcome, Cindy. Whichever island you're going to, I highly recommend the Revealed guidebook series (Maui Revealed, Big Island Revealed, etc.). They're very informative and written in a very tongue-in-cheek, humorous manner. Have fun!
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2015 on Better than the Road to Hana at Sharry Miller
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Wow, so sorry! We made it back home from Hawaii today (and trust me, I'm whining), and I haven't posted anything about our trip in over a week. I'd had every intention of being more timely, but our days were so busy that by the time we were "home" for the evening, I was too tired to go through photos and write about the day. There were a couple of days that I really want... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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There has to be a darn good reason to get up at 3:00 in the morning and drive for two hours. I managed to convince my family that no trip to Maui was complete without driving to the top of Haleakala, the island's highest mountain, to see the sunrise. With coffee and snacks in hand, we were all more or less willing. Our bible, Maui Revealed, warned us that it would be cold on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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I actually don't mind a rainy day in Hawaii. Sometimes it's nice to have a break from the sun. This one, however, came a little too early in the trip. I wasn't quite ready for a weather change yet. After breakfast, I made Thane take a walk in the drizzle with me, just for a couple of miles. Walking doesn't bother my knee nearly as much as sitting too long. I did try to speed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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I have a three-inch long scar just behind the toes on my right foot from stepping on a sharp lava rock at a beach on the Big Island about eight years ago. Today I added to my collection again. First things first though. Rather than going for a run this morning, Rowan and I walked the full length of Kama'ole Beaches III, II, and I. I listed in them in reverse order because we're staying... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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I came to the conclusion today that we are well and truly spoiled. We drove the incredibly twisty highway to Hana today, a stretch of road on the north side of the island of Maui, Hawaii, best known for its many waterfalls. We saw a few, but none we were really willing to stop for. Once you've driven through Keystone Canyon on the way to Valdez and gawked at the waterfalls there, nothing else compares.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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The problem with vacationing in a place like Hawaii is that there isn't really much to write about when all you're doing is spending the day hanging out on the beach. I know, I know, I'm getting no sympathy. Trust me, I'm not complaining. Not every trip can be Peru or Bhutan, and that's okay with me. Anyway, we're spending Christmas vacation in Maui, the three of us and Thane's mom, Carol. We have a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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There's just something special about the first time I do something each season, even if they're firsts I have every year. First bike ride in the spring when the highway is just barely dry enough to ride safely. First hike of summer when the trails aren't yet overgrown with nettles and cow parsnip. First blueberry picking trip to Thompson Pass in the fall when the tundra is crimson and smells of autumn. Today, it was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Lisa.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2014 on Salmon as Public Art at Sharry Miller
You'll have to be sure to go see it when you come this way next. There are several beautiful art pieces in the school.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2014 on Salmon as Public Art at Sharry Miller
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I promised a few months ago that I'd write a post to share my first public art project - sorry for the wait. I was lucky enough to be chosen last February to create one of the public art installations for the new Gilson Middle School in Valdez. As wonderful as I may think I am, I suspect the main reason my project was chosen was because I proposed to work with the middle school... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Sharry Miller
I love you, too, Mandy.
You're right, of course, Tammy, and most of the time I'm good about giving myself lots of kudos - probably too many, but that's okay. As you say, it's a journey, and there's no point in journeying (is that a word?) if you don't enjoy the steps along the way, not just the destination.
Thanks, Magdalena. I do remember to give myself credit most days, and I'm confident when I have my usual upswing in energy and enthusiasm after New Years I'll continue my downward trend. It's always hard for me to keep moving in the fall.
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This post has been wandering around in the back of my mind for months, but I was really hoping to wait until the end of my weight-loss journey to write it. Alas, that end seems to be a distant pinprick of light that never comes closer. I decided I'd go ahead and write it now before I lose all of those precious thoughts. By the end of August this year, I'd lost 45 pounds. I'd... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Sharry Miller
You speak the truth!
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2014 on Endorphin Joy at Sharry Miller
I don't know Cindy, I think when your whole day improves you may be feeling the positive effects of an "endorphin glow" as I called it. I guess it doesn't matter what it is as long as we enjoy it.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2014 on Endorphin Joy at Sharry Miller
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"You need to go for a bike ride." "Get outside. Go for a run." "Go. Now." This is how my family speaks to me on a regular basis. Just a couple of days ago, I commented to Thane that while I'd heard of endorphins, I never thought I'd exercised hard enough while running or cycling to actually get the "high" athletes speak of. "Oh, yes you have," he stated without hesitation. "I've witnessed it." Wikipedia.com:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Sharry Miller