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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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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 3 days ago 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 praise...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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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I took Scout on her longest walk yet - 3 miles. She did just fine, although she didn't think much of having to be on a leash the whole way after I'd let her have free romps through the woods the last few days. I think I worked a lot harder than she did since we were walking on rotten snow. Think of how hard it is to walk in soft sand. I'm quite confident... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Sharry Miller
I knew you were my kind of woman, Cindy!
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2015 on Commitment Issues at Sharry Miller
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I promise, this isn't another post about my new puppy, Scout. Well, maybe just a little bit because she really is just so darn cute, and because her nickname seems to be Li'l Bit. Okay, that's all. I promise. For now. No, what I really wanted to write about was baking bread. You know, the fresh-baked, hot-out-of-the-oven, completely-from-scratch kind. Like this: Doesn't it look yummy? This photo is actually from a couple of weeks ago.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Sharry Miller
I think so, too, Mom.
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2015 on Trail Buddy at Sharry Miller
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No doubt about it, I'm an introvert. I can happily spend hours and hours entertaining myself. Given a choice of communicating by writing versus talking, I'll almost always choose to write a text, an email, a blog post. I'm quite content to go on long hikes or bike rides all by my lonesome. Well, no, not by my lonesome because I'm not lonely, I'm just alone. I'm not trying to say that I never want... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Mandy. Thane wanted to name Rowan Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. I wasn't so much in favor of that idea. I like it much better for a dog.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2015 on Welcome to the Family, Scout! at Sharry Miller
She's already wormed her way into my heart. I look forward to lots of fun with her. Not so much looking forward to potty training.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2015 on Welcome to the Family, Scout! at Sharry Miller
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Thane and I got our first dog, Shuvik, a year before we got married. We had just started living together after several years of a very tumultuous relationship, so perhaps she was the first real sign of our commitment to each other, not that we saw her that way then. To our 23-year-old selves, she was simply the perfect little bundle of fur we needed to help fill our cold Fairbanks cabin. She remained the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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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 Jan 28, 2015 at Sharry Miller