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Doggone If She Flipped For A Cat Skan

May 22nd, 2014 No Comments

The assessment after the bike accident (that happened on May 12th) revealed that my front brake system on my bike had gone awry causing the brakes to clamp down on the front tire which hurdled me over the bike, bouncing me on the cement street and hit my head on the curb!  At the urgency […]


The Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

April 4th, 2014 No Comments

I will learn to take weekends off on a regular basis from creative endeavoring work.  Weekends are a luxury for the self-employed and it’s about time I incorporate this type of luxury, (though in the next two months I have a major deadline to complete the Chilkat robe I am weaving), so I am postponing […]


Getting Back to Tai Chi

March 31st, 2014 No Comments

On another intense deadline to complete half of a full-size Chilkat robe in 6 weeks is not only daunting, but sounds ridiculous, right?   Like, will I have time to sleep a full night, conduct other business, tend to family, household chores, play with grandchildren, and have a picnic now and then with my Dandan?  Where […]


An Afternoon In the Blanco Basin

March 18th, 2014 No Comments

I first heard about the beautiful Blanco River Basin from my friend, Nancy Vidal who has lived in Juneau, Alaska for nearly 40 years.  When I moved to Pagosa Springs, Colorado 21 years ago, she said her family had a home in the Upper Blanco Basin.  In fact, we met a a few folks who […]

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Clarissa Rizal’s Chilkat & Ravenstail Weaving Class Schedule – Summer 2014

March 10th, 2014 No Comments

As of this date March 10, 2014, there are five Chilkat or Ravenstail weaving classes Clarissa will be teaching this Summer in Alaska, Yukon, B.C. and Washington State; here’s her schedule (subject to change depending on additional classes): 1).  One Day “Gain-Confidence-In-Chilkat-Skills Class held the day after Celebration 2014 in Juneau, Alaska:  Sunday, June 15th; […]

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It’s All in the Bag: Transporting Chilkat/Ravenstail Weaving Looms

March 8th, 2014 No Comments

Each of our Chikat and Ravenstail weaving looms are hand crafted by a local woodworker; it’s not like we can just order these on eBay, Amazon or any fabric or yarn store.   Not yet, anyway!   Most of our weaving looms are collapsible for easy transport to and from classes, to and from our […]

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“Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn

February 16th, 2014 No Comments

I highly recommend this novel.  If there ever was a story that could help explain the differences between any of the Indigenous cultures around the world and the Western way of living, this is the story.  After the first 40 years of my life I evolved into becoming aware of the differences; writer Daniel Quinn […]


Love, Love, Love: Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14th, 2014 No Comments

After over a week, I finally got out of the house a few days ago and attended an outdoor concert at the Scottsdale Civic Center park.   There was this sculpture attracting kids and adults alike to hang all over it.  Isn’t that what love is like:  we just “hang in there” like it’s never gonna […]


Healing Pneumonia: With Antibiotics or Naturally?

February 11th, 2014 No Comments

With a relentless cough that was into it’s third week, I suspected that I may have had Bronchitis, but when the doctor said I had Pneumonia, it was hard to believe!… (Me, Clarissa Rizal has pneumonia!?  How is that possible!?)  He prescribed antibiotics of course and when I asked him what the side effects were, […]


Additions To Our Lives

February 4th, 2014 No Comments

When we are young, we don’t think about the things middle-agedness and old-age may bring us.  We are thinking about getting through the day-by-day stuff and we may plan a little bit into the future maybe 5 years down the road.  The thoughts about preparing for being middle-aged and old-aged are the farthest things from […]

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