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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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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 Dictionary.com): 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.
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2016 on Snowshoeing Bad Ass at Sharry Miller
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 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 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