Yearly Archives: 2011

It’s a New Year Every Day

Niece at Winter Festival Ice Rink at Navy Pier, Chicago

Yesterday was a really tough day. Somehow whatever remaining expectations I was clutching to, especially around getting a job, slapped me in the face, and I cried from the sting. Things simply weren’t going my way, and I’d had enough. I thought I was taking all the right steps, putting… Read On

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End of My Day – Dec. 4th, 2011

Better late than never! Finally the other half of my video blog from early December. I filmed myself at the end of the day to show how up & down the days can be here, caretaking for my mom. Now that our “Christmas” is done, with less pressure & more… Read On

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About Chicago

I mentioned in my prior post, returning to Chicago is like dating an old high school flame. My personality splits when I think about this place. Day-to-day life tends to have extreme highs & lows. Here’s a running list that I hope will give folks who have never been here… Read On

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Things We Take For Granted

In this season of giving, I’m unable to give my time or money to charities and community groups like I normally do. Instead, my “group” is my mom; my efforts all for her comfort. When facing someone who’s dying, the gifts I receive far outweigh any measure of comfort I… Read On

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Open Letter to Joe Wright, Director of “Pride And Prejudice” (2005)

Facing a loved one who is dying is not for the feint of heart. Amongst my mom’s physical discomfort, delirium, and fear of death, she has managed to find what comforts her & cling to that. One of these comforts just so happens to be the film Pride and Prejudice,… Read On

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The Beginning of My Day – Dec. 4, 2011

It took me a week to edit this because there is so much going on caretaking for my mom. It doesn’t reflect how I feel today, but once I post the next video, you’ll see how each day can go here. For those of you not in the know, I… Read On

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Returning Home: That Old Familiar Friend

Mom close-up pillow

  Homecoming   This blog post was started in my mind about 3 dozen times. Now that I’m poised at the keyboard at Anchorage Int’l airport, poised to launch myself back to the Big Village that I was raised in, the village called The Windy City, The City of Big… Read On

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Fast Times at Hooper Bay – Part 2

Native Aspirations Contact plaque - Elias Stone

Unexpected Forerunner When searching for interviews, much to my surprise, I was told of another lady who had come to Hooper Bay several years back to film a documentary also, which was released in 2010. It’s called The Yu’pik Way by a gal named Beth Edwards. I heard all sorts of stories… Read On

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Fast Times at Hooper Bay – Part 1

Hooper Bay, AK boardwalks in older part of village

Getting back to my Hooper Bay Experience two weeks ago, it was too short a time spent there to really get the full gist of the community. But several things popped out at me… Beautiful Swampland I heard so much about how the communities on the Yukon-Kuskokwim river deltas were… Read On

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vBlog – New Direction, New Fear – 01Nov11

Nobody said making a film was easy. Nobody said flying by the seat of one's pants was easy. Nobody said anything about easy. Watch for the latest on where The SpokenCoast Project is going, and what the future may hold...even I don't know, which is definitely not easy.

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