Giveaway – President’s Day edition

Posted on Feb 19, 2011

This has been Hard North Dakota Winter #3. Cold again. Snow in the forecast. Ugh. I try to live in the moment, take each day as it comes, and not be too concerned with the weather. Plus, Yay Light!  It is not dark at 4:00 PM!

Still, come the end of February the cabin fever hits. Real Cabin Fever. The kind that can only be cured by traveling 500 miles or more from my point of residence.

Not that this little town is a bad place to live. It is rather unvarying. Willie Nelson describes the culture in his hometown of Abbott, Texas as having “two kinds of culture – agriculture and yogurt” – Bowman is kind of like that.

Not a terrible thing. Here’s Main street in 1910ish(?). Sigh… there used the be a Bakery. Alas, no more. The only bread available comes in on a truck. And what *are* the piles in the front of the building?

Here is our town circa 2009 taken from the top of one of the buttes. And we are in one of the parts of North Dakota that isn’t so flat…

If I’m stuck here for a bit, let my artwork go somewhere else. So a giveaway. How about this smoke-fired mask:

This is a large whippet/small greyhound sized mask hand built by me. Smoke fired with all sort of goodies like copper wire, plants from my backyard, cheap dog food, etc – that with the fire gives it a funky mottled surface. Totally one of a kind. Has a copper wire hanger if you’d like to hang it on a wall.

To enter the giveaway, answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post or in the comments or comment on this post on my studio’s page on facebook.

“If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?”

Please, one entry per person. No entries after 9:00 pm Pacific Time Monday, February 21. Winner will be chosen at random. I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday morning.

50 Comments

  1. Beth Wade
    February 19, 2011

    This is tough as I no longer like to fly (I used to!) . . . But that aside, if I could go anywhere it would be back to London to see my mom”s family who are the very best people on earth. Now if I can drive there, and one day I will, it will be to Utah to visit the Best Friends Sanctuary.

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  2. Janine Kressler
    February 19, 2011

    If I could travel anywhere it would be to my own backyard. I don”t get to spend enough time there. Dorothy had the right idea – “There”s no place like home.”

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  3. Simon Redhead
    February 19, 2011

    I so wish you were nearer…or maybe not as we would have greyhound sculptures everywhere!
    Its easy…I would fly/walk/whatever to tibet and northern India to follow in the footsteps of Buddha and meet the Dali Lhama, to meditate in a monastery would be just wonderful

    Simon
    xx

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  4. Lisa Lyon
    February 19, 2011

    If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would love to go to Australia. Especially this time of year, when it”s summer. Don”t think I”d be able to handle the LONG flight without chemical intervention, but I”ve always been intrigued by that part of the world.

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  5. Laura Pike
    February 19, 2011

    It sounds like such a simple question, but yet it is really complicated. So many places I have been and would like to go back for different reasons, yet so many I have not been to and would still like to go. I believe that our great country has enough wonderful places to visit without going abroad. However, one I have always dreamed of visiting, the only Intl location of interest to me, and that would be Ireland. The birthland of my paternal grandfather, the land of mystery and intrigue, castles…and of course more greyhounds. What better than family history, some old castles and greyhounds? Ahh..someday perhaps!

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  6. Laura
    February 19, 2011

    I would like to visit the locations that my family come from, uhmmm Bowman, ND; Rochester, MN; and Iowa, farther back Ireland-Co”s Kerry, Roscommon & Galway. The older I get the more I want to know about my roots.

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  7. Susan
    February 19, 2011

    Absolutely Africa! The culture, the people, the wild life, the countryside. It would be a dream come true, but who would watch all these (currently 13) greyhounds in the house?!

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  8. Marjorie Cooke
    February 19, 2011

    I would love to travel to Turkey to see the Tazi/ Salukis which they raise there as I think they are some of the most beautiful and functional Salukis
    being bred. I would try to bring one back!

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  9. greg pike
    February 19, 2011

    Any where WARM hate the cold used to like it but now old age must be kicking in along with my arthritis it”s a real pain

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  10. Colleen Greene
    February 19, 2011

    I would love to go to Stuttgart Germany to visit my son Nathan who”s a Specialist in the Army. He just got married on January 4th to a beautiful girl from Arkansas. Before Nathan (my son) went to Germany he was in Iraq for a year and was shot. He recovered (obviously) but it made me realize how precious life is and how we need to live every minute to the fullest as you never know how long we”ll be here. I would go to Germany to help Nathan and his new wife move into housing for married couples and play with their brand new pug puppy Bugsy!!!!

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  11. Sharon Eugley
    February 19, 2011

    Anywhere in the world ??… well it would be Heaven to see my Mom one last time.. to sit and hug her … If I couldn”t make it there – it would be ~Bora Bora – I have heard it is beautiful.. a different place you can call” heaven” – Glass bottom huts out in the lagoon ~ electric blue water… Bright yellow sun …Oh can feel it on my skin… Sleeping in a hammock with the breeze blowing in my hair -… Oh but I miss Kara-mel and Ki-lee – Don”t think I could be there too long.. Wouldn”t it be greyt if you could bring your babies with you!! Thanks Sarah for the “mini vacation” – Back to reality!!

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  12. Karen L Lorenzo-Meeks
    February 19, 2011

    How about, North Dakota to visit you and to soak up and be inspired by a kindred artist whose work I so admire. I love to sculpt, though I never had any success at firing clay; it would be a blast drinking coffee and exchanging ideas with you.

    Karen.

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  13. Betsey Roush
    February 19, 2011

    I”d get on the very next plane heading to Scotland, and spend time with my sister in Glasgow. She has had a very rough time with cancer and we are still waiting to here whether the chemo was successful. So I”d take her over to the lovely Willow Tea Room, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, for tea, and then head over to one of the many wonderful museums nearby and spend the day together enjoying his work.

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  14. Kathleen
    February 19, 2011

    I think I would go to Kanab Utah and hang out at Best Friends there. Really – cats, dogs, burros, horses, pigs, and more, all in one place, all ready for petting, all needing the implicit pact between humans and domesticated animals to be rebuilt and reaffirmed.

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  15. Lisa
    February 19, 2011

    I would love to go to Akaska. I want to experience the cold, see the animals, meet the people. I just want to feel what it”s like tone there.

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  16. Amanda
    February 19, 2011

    I”d love to go to Ireland! I”ve been to England & France, but I love the idea of Ireland!

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  17. diania paschen
    February 19, 2011

    If it was possible i would luv a visit to heaven. To visit family members we have lost but also our fur children who we had to let crossover rainbow bridge. There is never a day that goes by that we dont think of them. I would give anything to feel each of them in my arms again, to give them kisses and tell each of them how much we love and miss them all. Love to them all Diania Paschen

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  18. Ruth Anne Danger
    February 19, 2011

    I would love to go go to Alaska. I am a basket weaver and would love to take some clases. Also I would like to stay in the US. My cousin lives there so I would stop in to see her on the way home. The best to you and your show.

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  19. Roxy
    February 19, 2011

    I would love to travel to alaska. the untamed nature of it all would be so fantastic to see. the snow, the culture, the whales.. everything 🙂

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  20. Paula Knight
    February 19, 2011

    When I was 36, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and, with the prognosis being poor, I made a bucket list. Since then I have defeated the big “C” twice and am just too mean to die. But I have done everything on that list except to visit Ireland, my grandmother”s birthplace in County Mayo. So if I could go anywhere in the world, it would be back to those roots……………..

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  21. Tammy Fenner
    February 19, 2011

    I would love to do a tour of some of our larger National Parks. There are so many to see but not during the winter, I would love a fall trip through the parks. We could start north by heading up to Yellowstone. Go to California to Redwood and Yosemite. Across Nevada to Arizona and the Grand Canyon. Up to Utah to Zion Nat”l park, Bryce, and Canyonlands. I think that would take me several months and now I am feeling rather tired from all this traveling.

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  22. Adrienne Hitch
    February 19, 2011

    I would like to go to Ireland, Scotland and England to see where my ancestors came from.

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  23. Christine Canard
    February 19, 2011

    Anywhere, really. Each place I think of seems so full of possibilities…India, Australia, Alaska, Hawaii, Newfoundland, Iceland, and on and on.

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  24. Amy Crawford
    February 19, 2011

    I”d love to go to Scotland – 5 of my 8 great grandparents came from Scotland and I”d love to see it someday. Once I”d gotten my fill of Deerhound love, then I”d like to hop over to Ireland and get some Wolfhound kisses. 🙂

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  25. Lin
    February 19, 2011

    I had planned a trip to Italy with my best friend several years ago, to see where both her (Naples) and my (Sicily) ancestors came from. Unfortunately her mom got sick and we weren”t able to go; since then I”ve been laid off/retired so the trip funds have gone toward Grey care. I would still like to take that trip, if for no other reason than to see how much life can change in two generations.

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  26. Frances Miller
    February 19, 2011

    I also would visit my own backyard. We have a few acres and I find something new and interesting each day. My greyhound, Oliver, loves to keep me company. We may soon acquire some chickens to raise for eggs and that will be another adventure!

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  27. Renee Dobbs
    February 19, 2011

    Anywhere in the world? I”d like to go all over around the world. Touch down and experience all the cultures and people and food. There is no greater experience than to travel. To see different lands, to taste different foods, to learn how other people live, to broaden your horizons, and to give a better perspective on life in general.

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  28. Connie Faldzinski
    February 19, 2011

    At this time of my life, I would like to travel to a place that is peaceful, but still fun . One of Hawaii`s small islands. A place on the island that I can share the company of my husband of 46 years. Life goes by so quickly with many complications. To be able to enjoy each others company with the sun, sand, maybe a hamock, and taking time to talk. To make it perfect, I would be able to take my ” Girls “. What more can you ask for .

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  29. Nancy Buckland
    February 19, 2011

    I would like to travel anywhere my pickup truck with a small camper could get me, with the dogs too.

    Tour the continental USA & Canada. National parks, Provincial parks, wacky tourist traps, area 51, south rim of the grand canyon, and all that.
    Find the worlds biggest ball of twine, by a collective, wait did that already, vist a salt mine, hmm, did that too… Well, I”d find all the rest of the unique stuff that makes this counrty grand.

    I have been to Hawaii and would love to revisit, with much more time and funding.

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  30. Rachel Hopple
    February 19, 2011

    I”d like to go to the ocean…Atlantic or Pacific….Pemaquid Pt., Maine, and La Jolla, CA are 2 of my most favorite places EVER! 🙂

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  31. Sherry Kilpatrick
    February 19, 2011

    Wow, so many places I would like to see & experience but if I had to pick one, right now, it would be Italy to experience the food, the culture, the history, the olive oil estates, vineyards, beautiful countryside.

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  32. Kelly
    February 19, 2011

    If I could go anywhere, I think it would be the Galapagos. So many amazing animals, and I”d love to see blue footed boobies in person. Too cute.

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  33. Naomi Weaver
    February 19, 2011

    There are so many wonderful places in this world, I don”t know that I could pick just one that I would want to go to. My initial thought was Australia, followed quickly by Alaska, then the British Isles, the Pacific Northwest and on and on and on… There is just so much to explore, from the different cultures, the unique wildlife, the amazing landscales, that I don”t think I could pick just one.

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  34. Sheryl Bartel
    February 19, 2011

    I would love to visit New Zealand. A beautiful country and great people and I”d love to see it one day. Although I would love to visits England and Ireland, too.

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  35. Nicole Schintgen
    February 19, 2011

    They say ”Home is where the Army sends you”, which is somewhat true. However reality is that I am going to be selfish and tell you that I really want to go home to my parents in Germany. I have not seen them in 4 years, they are not coming to the US and everytime we want to go home, we either move or finances are not making it possible to pay for a flight for 4, boarding for the dogs and so on.
    I miss sitting in my mom”s kitchen, having a cup of coffee and just talking to her and my dad, having her hug me or interact with the kids. I am sick since last year, going thru numerous procedures, the last major surgery will be next Wednesday and my mom is not here and I can”t be at home to have all this done. Yes, I choose this Army life when I married a soldier, I love him and our family but I still would love to go home on vacation to see my parents.

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  36. Patsi Novia
    February 19, 2011

    Ireland has always been number one on my list. It”s my heritage and my black boy was from Ireland. Would love to find his offspring!!

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  37. Emily Carvill
    February 19, 2011

    I would absolutely love to climb Mt. Everest! The thought of standing on the ”top of the world” and looking down to the Earth below is something that truly fascinates and inspires me.

    Second on my list is a return visit to Ireland. I lived there for 4 months, but feel like I didn”t even scratch the surface of that beautiful country…there are so many things I didn”t get to see. I dearly miss ”my city” – Cork – and the simple things of daily life there and all the friends I left behind, as well.

    Finally, a trip to visit one of my closest friends. We met in Ireland and instantly became friends…it was like we had known each other our whole lives. It has been 6 years since we have seen each other and I would love nothing more to sit and catch up with a cup or two of tea (Irish, of course)!

    Oh, if only I had an endless supply of money! 😛

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  38. Paula Otteson
    February 20, 2011

    I would love to take my husband to South Korea, where he was born, to see the uncle he hasn”t seen since he was about 2 years old (he”s now 48 years old) and who helped raise him his first few years of life. We get phone calls from his uncle occasionally, although he pretty much only speaks Korean and we don”t speak any, so they are interesting (and short) phone calls, lol……and because of the time difference, they usually happen at 1 or 2am. Oy! My mother-in-law would need to come with us to translate, but I think it would be neat for him to go back and see where he was born and experience the culture.

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  39. Jules
    February 20, 2011

    For those who yearn for Ireland , thats where I am with my Tipperary retired racer Tiger (not even stripey-he”s black…) I want to spend more time in the Orchard Greyhound Sanctuary in County Offaly with Mary Jane (from the USA!) who rescues these beautiful hounds who are sadly so badly treated here. She has a heart as big as her Irish Wolfhound and all the wonderful greys. Travel to her website-lovely photos!

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  40. Petra Postma
    February 20, 2011

    I would go back to Spain , visit and help in the many shelters that rescue galgo”s and other dogs. Have been there 3 times now and those visits are some of the best memories I have.
    Not in the least because I usually end up with another one of those wonderful dogs.

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  41. Kimberly
    February 20, 2011

    I am going to say back to Italy. Was there about 9 years ago. The most fabulous place called Venice. A dream come true. The culture, food, art, way of life. A step back in time. Sigh………

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  42. Cheryl Bergeron
    February 21, 2011

    If it were possible, I”d travel back in time to hug my greyhounds one last time before they went to the Rainbow Bridge. Love and miss you, Miss Sheba and Henry dog.

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  43. Tess Franzen
    February 21, 2011

    Ireland.
    I have memories from early 1970 ”s when my mom and dad took me and my brother to England. Remember the old castles, green grass and sheep. Small cute jars of marmalade. We didnt make it to Irland or Scottland. After 20+ years here in California and vacations to Hawaii and Mexico, I do long for the green open spaces, the cold winds that makes your cheeks and nose red.

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  44. houndstooth4
    February 21, 2011

    There are so many places, but it would have to be somewhere I could take the dogs with me, or at least Bunny. I”ve gotten so used to traveling with her, I can”t imagine not taking her wherever it was. Honestly, I”d be happy if we could go back to Dewey Beach in October. It was so pretty and perfect! Walking on the beach, never being in a hurry, enjoying friends” company, and admiring beautiful scenery that”s not like what we have at home all make it seem perfect right now!

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  45. Linda Maton
    February 21, 2011

    I would like to be able to say that I”ve been to every one of the 50 states. Even though I have always wanted to travel to Europe. I think seeing the good ole USA- and seeing all the traditional landmarks and tourist attractions that I studied in school as a kid would be wonderful. There is so much to see here…. I would love to have the chance to see it all

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  46. Ann Sparks
    February 21, 2011

    Hummm Good question . With soooo many answers. I would love to go back to Alaska, where my Son and his family live. It has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is a place where you feel so very , very small, because the earth and mountians around you are so magnificant you become an ant in their wake. The air is crisp and clean with a smell only found in that state. I would love to go to so many places but once again, there is nothing like Alaska. Only God could have created that wonderful space!

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  47. Michael Owens
    February 21, 2011

    My favorite place to go? Home. Yes, I know I”m boring. 🙂 A song was playing on the radio the other day as I was driving home, asking if this were your last day, what would you do? And I was absolutely positive that if an announcer cut in at that exact moment to say that the world was ending I wouldn”t change a thing. Vacations are nice. I loved visiting warm, sunny Florida this winter (left and returned to snow storms) but my favorite place in the whole world is home–no matter how bad the weather. 😉

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  48. Kat Stickradt
    February 21, 2011

    Would like to tour the US – so many places we”ve not seen and we live in such a beautiful country. Our greyhounds would have to go with us, so guess that means we”d have to get a VERY large RV:) BTW, love the tiles you made that are hanging on our walls.

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  49. Jo-Ann Mapson
    February 21, 2011

    I love your work. I have 3 IGs and an ancient rat terrier.

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  50. Jennifer Marcus Newton
    February 21, 2011

    Paris, to visit my old haunts.

    I love your work.

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