What is your favorite piece of art? (it doesn’t have to be famous)

I don’t know much about art. Right now my favorite piece of art is something we bought on our cruise to Alaska last fall:

Muskox carved from mammoth tooth, artist Chris Leake

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This is a muskox carved out of a mammoth tooth by Fairbanks, Alaska, artist Chuck Leake.

I fell in love with the muskox—live ones—several years ago when we first visited Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium here in Tacoma, WA. Both my husband and I were immediately drawn to Leake’s creation as soon as we saw it. Leake says that the best mammoth teeth come from the permafrost in remote northern villages. He must seal each tooth and let it dry for at least six months before carving it.

It just fascinates me how much the striations on the mammoth tooth resemble the coloring of a live muskox’s shaggy coat. For comparison, here’s a photo of a live muskox taken at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage:


What made you smile today?

Yesterday we saw the silent movie Eyes of the Totem, made in Tacoma, WA, in 1927, and recently rediscovered and refurbished. You can read more about it here.

I had never seen a whole silent film before, and I found it interesting to see how the actors had to use facial expressions and body language to communicate information in the absence of language. Yes, a lot of their posturing was melodramatic, but much of the acting during the frequent close-ups was more nuanced and delicate than I had expected.

I’ve been smiling on and off today remembering how much I enjoyed seeing this film and learning about local Tacoma history as well as film-making history.

Which place do you recommend as a Must-See? Please state which country, state or providence.

The place at the very top of my bucket list of places to see is The Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA. I can’t describe it adequately because I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m determined to get there soon.

Featured Photo at top of this post: Panorama of the Grand Canyon from the South Rim
by Roger Bolsius
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Complete this sentence: When I was younger I used to….

… spend most of my time outdoors, at least when I wasn’t at school. I was lucky to live on a large farm property. All summer and after I got home on school days I’d wander around outside. I became best buddies with some of the creatures, especially field mice (which I was never able to catch) and the bees who arrived in force when blossoms covered the apple trees in spring.

I still appreciate the flora, fauna, and beautiful scenery of the outdoors, even if I don’t spend as much time outside now as I did during childhood.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

As usual, I’m grateful for living through another week and look forward to doing the same next week.

I hope everyone has a great week!

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