Every Christmas for many years I would go out into the woods around my house and cut cedar branches to make fragrant wreaths...usually we had a wreath making day and many of the women in our small town (pop. maybe 60-80? in the winter) would all get together in our community hall and make wreaths...then we would send them in on the mailplane to the Pioneer Home in Sitka for all the elders to enjoy. Sometimes I really miss those community activities. I haven't really lived here in my new home in a new (to me) city long enough to have a community to create wreaths with...but I certainly have some great ideas for wreath making (next year) now !
I am an artist who was born and grew up in Alaska, as did my mother--my grandfather was a gold miner. I am recently returned from serving in the US Peace Corps as a volunteer on the Island of Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean. Some of the tasks I did as a volunteer : I taught art at a primary school, helped the school with development projects, volunteered with a youth group, and volunteered helping to organize and produce a local literary festival. I also worked for over 20 years on commercial fishing boats in Alaskan waters and lived for over 18 years in the Alaskan "bush" with no electricity and no cars. Alaska has shaped my view of life and culture, but so has raising two daughters, a life of making art in many mediums, and owning my own Used and Rare Bookstore. I guess I am somewhat of a vagabond who has done many things in my life--deckhand on a fishing boat, bookseller, nanny, chef,
administrative assistant in a college
dean's office,mom (that is a job!) but I always come back to artist.
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