In 1982, following 20 years working and teaching as a scenic designer, I quit, established a studio in the Mount Baker neighborhood of Seattle, and began making work as an independent artist. Six years later, the first part of my Soup Talks Trilogy, a miniature epic inspired by the SALT talks, and involving a varied cast of performance objects, was presented in my studio. Periodic weekend performances continued for six years in the Seattle studio and all three plays were included in the 1996 International Festival of Puppet Theatre presented by the Jim Henson Foundation in New York City.
Renovating the former Saint Michael Church of Snohomish with artist Karen Guzak, I began researching the town’s history, especially its 19th-century architectural heritage, which led to writing two books: Early Snohomish (2007); and J. S. White: Our First Architect published in 2017.
The following year, I began teaching Tai Chi at the Monroe Y and started a blog to reflect my experience that to really learn something — teach it — I was Learning Tai Chi!
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Younger sister Sara passed away last year and thanks to a generous inheritance I was able to purchase this 2015 Kia Soul and take a road trip following up on Sara and mother Maxine’s trip to Quebec in 1987 in search of her mother’s baptismal record. Anne Marie Charette was born in 1883 in the small town on the south bank of the Ste. Lawrence River around four hours driving time from Quebec City. Happy to report that I photographed her baptismal entry in the church ledger, plus, found the white stone marker of her parents’ grave in the church cemetery.
Scroll down to begin my story: To Ste. Flavie, Quebec & Back.
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