This just in from my sister, Jan Pierson, who lives in Olympia, Washington: "Life in rainy Washington State isn't always without its beauty and sunsets! I am blessed living on the bay and I know it." Jan is my gorgeous, talented younger sister who sometimes writes under the pen name Calamity Jan. She is also the archivist and historian for the Crook family, and runs a website to showcase and sell our late father's Native American photography. She just had an article published in the January issue of Arizona Highways, talking about our dad (Cal Crook) and his photographic talent.
It's been a long wait! My sister, Jan Crook Pierson, wrote an article for Arizona Highways several years ago, and it's finally published. It's about our dad, Cal Crook, and his photography: Trip of a Lifetime: Monument Valley is a mystical place that has attracted artists, Hollywood directors, family vacationers and other vagabonds for years. It also attracted a science teacher in 1946. Equipped with a camera and a 1941 Chevy, Cal Crook began an unforgettable journey into the heart of Navajo civilization. The experience changed his life. Six decades later, his children retraced his footsteps. The car and the camera were different, but the effect was much the same. This article is being published in the January 2010 Arizona Highways, and is now on newsstands. Excuse me...I need to run to the store and buy a copy!
My adorable, vivacious sister, Jan Pierson aka Calamity Jan, is an alumnus of the writer's retreat, Hedgebrook, and this past weekend she attended their 20th Birthday celebration on Whidbey Island. Jan enjoyed every minute of the event, including chatting with Gloria Steinem, who is on Hedgebrook’s board of directors. Jan writes stories for kids. Until now. I have it on good authority that she has a book brewing that will reveal some of her more wild, wacky, and wonderful experiences in the last few years. She has a sense of humor that won't stop.