Below is an excerpt of an inspiring article in the Winter Issue of On Patrol, the Magazine of the USO. Click here to read the full story and hear and audio interview with the artist. Click here to learn how to get your own subscription.
Michael Naranjo with the Eagle Dancer. Photo by David Holman.
“By David Holman - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Michael Naranjo reaches up and runs his fingers over the bronze nose and lips of a sculpture that he passes every day. “It has been a while since I looked at his face.” The eagle dancer, a figure common in Pueblo Indian ceremonies, is mid-trot with his arms effortlessly waving attached feathers. With his one functional hand, Michael sculpted the exquisitely detailed eagle dancer that sits in front of his Santa Fe home — one “look” at a time.
Michael is blind from wounds he received in the Vietnam War. And he wouldn’t sculpt any other way.” …read more.
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Kellie Pickler on tour - December 2007
Seen on Twitter: “@kelliepickler Started packing 4 my USO tour. Think I’m gonna leave the Red High Heels at home 4 this trip. Easier 2 jump in/out of helicopters in flats.”
So true, Kellie. And we hope Randy and Jamey pack their comfy shoes, too, for their first USO tour to the Persian Gulf. Pickler is heading out for her third trip, having already visited the region before, in 2007 and 2008.
As “The Boot” reporter Donna Hughes reports: “Speaking of the trek with the notoriously rowdy Randy and Jamey, Kellie jokes, ‘I’m sure I’ll have some very interesting stories to share when I get back. I’m sure there will never be a dull moment with those two.’” You can also see more of Pickler’s previous USO adventures on the “Country Music is Love” website and at USO.org.
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