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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).
Recent Activity
As the mother of a teenage daughter, I often find myself not frustrated with outbursts of teen angst, but rather jealous of her. She’s a wonderful young woman with so much potential that will carry her wherever she wants to go in life. As I start the second half of my life, I’m envious of her beginnings. Just a little. I’d never want to be 15 again, trust me. Recently I’ve been jealous for another... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at Sharry Miller
In my last post I mentioned that I wasn't in as much pain as I was after my last surgery. That truth was really brought home today. After hours of tedium slaving away one-handed on my computer, I couldn't take it any longer. Bluebird skies, 60 degrees - does fall get any better? I needed to get outside. I've been on a couple of 2-mile walks with Christina this week, but they were slow and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Sharry Miller
Tomorrow it will be exactly one week since I had rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder and just over four years since I had my left shoulder done. I have high hopes for as great a success this time around. In the meantime, I am now, as I was then, consumed by pain. No, don't feel too sorry for me. I don't mean that I am always in pain, but rather that it is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Sharry Miller
Today was predicted to be one of the first nice days in three weeks or more, but it wouldn't have mattered. I was determined to go hiking somewhere...anywhere. I had three potential destinations picked out, each one a bit further north. I was prepared to go beyond the downpour. Under the circumstances, I was happy to take the closest of the three options: climbing Big Odyssey, a mountain in Thompson Pass. I invited Tim to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at Sharry Miller
Wow, it has been forever and a day since I wrote anything here. I am sorry. Mostly for myself. I always took such pleasure in sharing a bit of my life here, and I've missed doing so this summer. And what a wonderful summer it's been. I've had many great little adventures while getting out and about in Valdez. As usual, I had grand plans for traveling around south-central Alaska to go backpacking and biking,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at Sharry Miller
I traveled with Adventures in Good Company. They only do trips for women. This spring I traveled to Nicaragua with them. They're a great company.
Watermelon weaving monkeys? Huh, what? just amused me to leave out the commas. While Wednesday, March 16, did indeed bring us watermelons, weaving, and monkeys, they were totally unrelated. Before I get to any of those things, however, I have to share the delight of early morning at Laguna de Apoyo, our home for just one lone night. Someday, I'm going to live in a place where I can get up and go for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Sharry Miller
I'm interrupting my incredibly slow sharing of my trip to Nicaragua to tell you about the amazing hike I went on today. I'm in Cordova, Alaska, for work for a week, and had today off. Miraculously, it wasn't raining when I woke up, so I carried on with my plans to go for a good long hike. I was going to go even if it was raining, but it's much more pleasant when it's not.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Sharry Miller
One of the reasons Rowan and I were excited to travel to Nicaragua was to practice our Spanish. She's in her second year at school, and my three high school years have been refreshed too infrequently by trips to Mexico and Peru. Little did we know that Spanish in Nicaragua is not like Spanish anywhere else. I won't go into the intricacies of "tu es" versus "bos sos" (ask me later if you want me... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Sharry Miller
Monday, March 14 - finally, a day filled with activity, some expected, some novel, some terrifying. Our Adventures in Good Company group spent a second day on Ometepe hanging out with a cute local guide and exploring the slopes of Maderas, the lower, dormant volcano. Our morning goal was a waterfall on Maderas, Cascada San Ramón. As with everywhere we went, there was a rather lengthy drive to get to the starting point. This morning... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Sharry Miller
As I look back at my notes for our first full day with our group in Nicaragua (Sunday, March 13), I am reminded why I decided that, much to my surprise, I like traveling on small group tours. I learned so much in just one day, things I would never have figured out on my own. Having a guide local to the area I'm traveling in gives me answers to questions I would never think... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Sharry Miller
That Nicaragua was going to live up to its tagline (Nicaragua - Unique...Original) was clear as soon as we got to the airport in Managua. First, everything was spotlessly clean, even the bathrooms which were supplied with ample quantities of toilet paper, not a given in Latin America. Granted, we still had to throw toilet paper in a garbage can rather than flushing it, but some things never change. Second, the people were so quiet... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Sharry Miller
My phone only seems to take blurry pictures anymore. There's a saying I like: a helicopter is just 10,000 parts flying in loose formation. That's how I feel when I skate ski. Thane and I went skiing on the trail behind our house. The trail had been groomed a day or so previously, but a couple of snowmobiles had been on it in the meantime, and it had rained hard and refrozen. Short sections of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at Sharry Miller
You're welcome. It's my pleasure.
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2016 on Thank You. I’m Sorry. at Sharry Miller
A random photo of sea lions on Glacier Island. I’m sorry. I’m sorry I was late. I’m sorry to disturb you. I’m sorry I need your help. I’m sorry I made you wait for me. I’ve heard it said that Americans are the sorriest people in the world, and not only because we’d actually consider electing someone like Donald Trump to lead our country. Seriously, every time we turn around we’re saying, “I’m sorry,” about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Sharry Miller
I've been meaning to share with you a project I completed a couple of months ago. It was a commission for a woman who wanted to donate an icon of St. Francis Xavier to SFX Catholic Church in Valdez, Alaska in honor of her mother. She'd heard about my glasswork (but apparently had never seen it - I'm not sure how in this tiny town), and asked me to make a stained glass window. My... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Sharry Miller
Lazy (according to adjective, lazier, laziest. 1. averse or disinclined to work, activity, or exertion; indolent. 2. causing idleness or indolence: a hot, lazy afternoon. 3. slow-moving; sluggish: a lazy stream. 4. (of a livestock brand) placed on its side instead of upright. I've been berating myself all day for being lazy. Somewhere along the way, Sunday as a day of rest became a concept foreign to me. A list of what I've done... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at Sharry Miller
I was thinking the other day of how you mentioned that you forget how much I've changed in the past couple of years until you see an old photo of me. I considered hanging an old picture by my mirror to remind me, too.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2016 on Snowshoeing Bad Ass at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Carol. It's wonderful to have such a great mother-in-law on my side.
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Scout and I took our first winter snowshoe up to the Solomon Gulch reservoir. It never fails to amaze me that you only gain about 600 feet on that hike - so much of it seems straight up! I think I've only been up there once before in the winter, and that time the trail had been packed by snowmobiles. Today I got to break trail through about 8 inches of wet snow. Not bad,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at Sharry Miller
On November 2 I started a new job at Prince William Sound College, a little bitty community college here in Valdez. My official (and truly awful) job title is Instructor and Administrator of Industrial Technology. Right now, my primary purpose is to refine our current industrial technology programs (safety and millwright) and help the college develop new ones. I'm spending a lot of time talking with people from Alaska's different industries to find out what... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Sharry Miller
Thank you, Kristy. Merry Christmas to you.
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2015 on Hello There at Sharry Miller
Nearly Solstice My hubby told me that I was recently accused in abstentia of having forgotten that I have a blog. I want to assure you that I have not. In fact, this previously-delightful platform for sharing my writing, my creativity, and my adventures has become a source of great guilt. I think often that I need to write, but there seems to be not a drop of water in that well, or at least... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Sharry Miller
I've started an online art class taught by Carla Sonheim, "Imaginary Creatures." Carla must be the queen of finding sidewalk cracks, random blobs , whatever and turning them into wonderful imaginary animals. For our first class, she provided a photo of cracked sidewalk for us to find animals in. The menagerie that resulted was stupendous. Here's my contribution: I think I will have to go back to these cracks to see who else is hiding... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Sharry Miller
Hmm, my reply feature isn't working properly, so I can't reply to comments individually, darn it. Brian, thanks for reading. I hope to have some more mini-vacations for you soon. You need to get your butt up here for a real one, though. Wendy, a WAG is a wild ass guess. The campsite did have an outhouse, and a reasonably clean one. I picked a spot fairly close to it. Thanks for appreciating my writing. I've been missing doing it, but just can't seem to settle down to write. It's frustrating, but I'll keep trying.
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2015 on Kennecott and McCarthy at Sharry Miller