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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
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
I've been in a rut lately, feeling like I'm not doing anything interesting, and certainly not anything worth writing about here. Nonsense, of course, but it's a hard rut to climb out of. Anyway, I'd meant to share a bit with you after I headed north for a KCHU public radio board meeting. We decided to have our June meeting and biannual strategic planning session in McCarthy, a tiny town nestled in the Wrangell-St. Elias... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Mom. I've been extraordinarily remiss about posting these past few months. I don't really know why.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2015 on The Bear Went Over the Mountains at Sharry Miller
It's getting to be that time of year already. I decided I'd not be amiss in taking advantage of a hot, sunny day to trek up to Thompson Pass and see if the blueberries were ripe yet. If nothing else, Scout and I could find a good spot for a picnic dinner. After picking a couple of handfuls and then examining their collected nature, I determined that the berries really needed another week or two... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Sharry Miller
We normally soggy Valdezeans have been luxuriating in a fabulous spring. Our hot sunny days top out in the 60s with a fine breeze, so it doesn't get too hot - perfect weather for playing outside. Last weekend, I talked Rowan into going for a hike with me on Shoup Bay Trail. Our plan was to go just three miles or so back to Gold Creek to check out the status of the bridge we'd... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Sharry Miller
There are really only a half-dozen or so established trails in the immediate Valdez area, so it's pretty inevitable that a local is going to hike them repeatedly. For the last few years, the Pack Trail from the south end of Keystone Canyon to Bridal Veil falls has been one of my favorites. Scout and I headed out for her first real trail hike on Saturday afternoon. From the beginning much of the trail seemed... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Sharry Miller
Rowan and I had the opportunity to travel to Tatitlek on Friday for the 21st annual Peksulineq Festival, a week-long celebration of Alaska Native cultural heritage for students from around Prince William Sound. The first time I went, about four years ago, visitors had a good opportunity to see what the kids and volunteer teachers had been working on all week - it was fabulous to see the art and crafts they'd been creating, as... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at Sharry Miller
In order to ensure that I exercise regularly and vigorously, I've made a point the past few years of signing up for something for which I need to train in order to accomplish. Last year, I rode in the Fireweed 400 and mountain biked in Montana. The year before, I trekked in Peru to Machu Picchu. This year, I set a goal of running at least one half-marathon (13.1 miles), and maybe the 100-mile part... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Sharry Miller
Before spring of my eighth-grade year, I was about the shyest person you could possibly imagine. Just the idea of talking to a boy made me blush. During the 45 minute bus ride to and from school, I sat in the third seat behind the bus driver, knees propped up on the seat in front of me, and read book after book, often needing a flashlight to see. It's no great surprise that I wore... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Sharry Miller
I haven't read that book, Cindy, although I have heard of it before. My question is: did Mike read it, too? Seems to me that if only one of you understands the language issue, you're only halfway to a solution. Anyway, as usual, I just felt the need for a whine and some public contemplation. And maybe a bit of affirmation from others so that I know I'm not totally off base here. Thanks for weighing in.
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2015 on Pride Goeth at Sharry Miller
Oh, he does cheer me on, Andi, in his own way. He just doesn't give (or receive) overt praise well. I know deep down he's proud of me, though. I've had lots of friends over the years tell me how he praises me to them, so I guess that counts for a lot.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2015 on Pride Goeth at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Mandy. I don't think he means harm, but it would be nice if he were more vocal in a way that wasn't encased in sarcasm or teasing.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2015 on Pride Goeth at Sharry Miller
And thus why I still have my own opinions on paternity. :) The nut didn't fall far from that tree.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2015 on Pride Goeth at Sharry Miller
Pride. On the one hand, pride is one of the seven deadly sins. Pride goeth before the fall and all that. On the other hand, in American society today you're expected to be able to talk up your positive attributes, highlight your accomplishments, and generally make it clear that you're the best one for the job, the elected position, the starring role in a reality TV show, hell, even the best potential spouse on The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Sharry Miller
It’s not often I run across a book that I want to just shove into everyone’s hands and say, “Here. Read this. She has important things to say that will make you rethink yourself.” Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly, however, is that book. I’m not normally a big fan of self-help books – no one can possibly know the right path for everyone else to follow. Social science/psychology books are likewise of little interest to me,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Cindy. It's always good to know I'm not alone. A joint first ride sounds like a good plan for next year. It's been too long since I've seen you! It was great to see Mike and Sarah, though. I'm glad my little tale was useful for Mike, too. I always hope I can put into words something that others feel but can't express.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2015 on Chasing Winter at Sharry Miller
This weekend officially ushered in Spring, and with temperatures in the 40s and low 50s, Valdez was primed to play along. What did the Miller family do? Headed north. After two days of finally getting to ride my bicycle, I kept saying, “It’s just wrong to leave this fabulous weather and go chasing winter.” Thane and his snowmobiling buddies had no sympathy for me. They were set on heading to Summit (the one on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Sharry Miller
I don't know, Jen. The pressure, the pressure....
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2015 on Flash Fiction at Sharry Miller
One of the most satisfying things about writing fiction is that you get the chance to put yourself into a situation you might not normally ever encounter. You might be a superhero or an alien android or a psychotic serial killer. You might be in New York City or on a space station or in a rabbit warren. The possibilities are endless, and you are in complete creative control. Sort of. I find when I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Sharry Miller
A big cheesy grin is required on the first ride of spring. My first ride of spring. After over four years of posting to this blog, I could just about plagiarize myself and copy a previous year's first ride of spring post because I know they all say the same thing: I have a ridiculous grin on my face as I pedal by the snowbanks and get passed by trucks pulling snowmobiles. This year, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Sharry Miller
All hail Ra! All hail Ra! BOB* is great! I love BOB! Ah, spring is in the air and I can't help but indulge in a wee bit of sun worship. If there isn't a Native Alaskan sun god or spirit or something, there should be. It's always seemed to me that the ones who should most worship the sun are those who get to see it the least, but as a result appreciate it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Sharry Miller
I don't think I have any photos of it, Mandy. Thanks, though. It's one of my favorites, too, and I should take some pics.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2015 on Ego Bashing at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Carol, although envy is totally unwarranted.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2015 on Ego Bashing at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Cindy, both for your advice and your enthusiasm for my blog. Happily, that annoying little voice doesn't get it's way very often. I've gotten better about just putting myself out there and going for it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, and all that.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2015 on Ego Bashing at Sharry Miller