*Roots of the Sun* An Interview with Destini and Jake, Owners & Herbal Apothecaries

It’s not everyday that you encounter such a charming herbal apothecary shop. Upon arriving at Roots of the Sun, I was welcomed by Destini and Jake with some of their handmade tea (so lovely!). While sipping it we discussed their love of humans, love of St. Petersburg, and love of wellness. I learned SO much. They’re well educated in their craft and will guide you through whatever you may need.

Be sure to check them out!

Ladies and gents, Destini and Jake…

tell us about Roots of the Sun.

Roots of the Sun is an herbal apothecary that creates, sells, and distributes sustainably-harvested loose leaf herbs and wellness products. We specialize in Magic-Infused herbal tea blends, tinctures, extracts, and salves using biodynamic practices. We also have a space for community co-creation and herbalism outreach, where we host classes, workshops, ceremonies, and other events.

when did your passion for herbal healing start?

Destini’s passion for herbalism started when she first discovered the benefits and connection the plants have to offer, which occurred about 10 years ago.

what would you say is your big vision for Roots of the Sun?

Roots of the Sun’s vision is to offer and spread natural wellness through herbalism and herbal products, to create a space for community to come together with the intentions of healing, and to support local herbalists in their ventures of discovering and applying this ancient wisdom.

tell us about how you came up with the name Roots of the Sun?

The name Roots of the Sun came by happenstance as collaboration with another herbalist. Once the name was spoken, we were struck by the symbolism of the need to be grounded in our roots in order to let our light shine. To be the spark in the dark.

what made you decide to start Roots of the Sun?

Destini struggled with various health issues in childhood, and was only exposed to traditional allopathic medicine. This provided little to no remedy, and she decided to begin doing her own research and experimenting with various alternatives. She soon discovered the healing power of plants combined with our connection to the cycles of nature. Through herbalism, she regained her health and vitality, and decided to become an herbalist herself. She started Roots of the Sun with the intention of creating a foundation of natural wellness and spreading this knowledge.

what is your big “why”? why do you do what you do?

We do what we do because we care about people, we care about the Earth. We want to connect with people, to help people connect with the Earth.

what are your personal favorite books?

The Celestine Prophecy as it illustrates the spiritual side of life in a simple and applicable way. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs is a wonderful resource for discovering and applying the magical uses of plants.

what feelings do you want your customers to walk away with?

We would describe our shop as a portal to another dimension, like stepping out of the 3rd dimensional world into a whimsical forest. We hope our customers walk away with a sense of wonder and connection to a higher frequency of existence.

if you could drop everything and do ONE thing, what would you do?

Go on a weed walk because we love getting our feet dirty and connecting with nature.

if you had to chose one person in your whole life that has inspired you, who would that be and why?

I know this may sound cliché, but under careful consideration, we have come to the conclusion that the person we are most inspired by is each other, because we both have endured tremendous adversity and have chosen to follow our purpose and passion with relentless love and determination.

favorite quote.

“When the Power of Love overcomes the Love of Power, the World will Know Peace” -Jimi Hendrix

what made you decide to open Roots of the Sun here in St. Petersburg?

The very first day we looked in the St. Petersburg area, this location became available. Plus we discovered there was an available apartment above the shop! We boldly jumped on the opportunity and couldn’t be happier to be a part of this amazing community!

describe St. Petersburg in a few words.

The best place on Earth.

as a business owner what are some of your personal self care practices? what are some you recommend?

Daily yoga, meditation, grounding, energy work, spending time in nature, healthy organic food, and lots and lots of herbs!

what are some non negotiable daily practices you have?

Self-respect, self-love, kindness and compassion for others.

when do you feel the most creative?

Usually during the full moon and the new moon our creative energy seems to be more palpable.

what do you think is the most important thing to focus on when running your business?

Setting pure intentions based on love, respect, and care for ourselves, for others, and for the Earth.

what is the best place you’ve traveled to?

Waterfalls in the Appalachian mountains.

when do you feel your best?

When we are being impeccable to ourselves, our purpose, and our truth in a way that serves others.

what would you say is the best thing about running your own business?

Freedom and the ability to connect with people in a way that serves the community.

any words of advice would you give to our readers wanting to start a business?

Success starts with passion and it requires relentless determination to bring into reality. When your passion is in service to both yourself and the world the universe will conspire to assist you! However, success does not always happen the way we expect, so we must be flexible and patient.

what inspires you?

We are inspired by nature, by the universe, by the unfathomable connection between all things. We are inspired by people for choosing to be here on this Planet. We are especially inspired by those who care about themselves, care about each other, and care about the Earth.

what kinds of social media can we follow you on? how can our readers contact you?

You can find us on Instagram & Facebook. Our online store will be available in the next month to order from. You can reach us at rootsofthesun.com, 850-443-2523, and rootsofthesun4.4.4 [at] gmail [dot] com. We hope to see you there!

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// interview + photography by Olivia //

PROVIDENCE POLAROID PROJECT *Interview with Creators Brandon & Devan*

Providence has become known to host many pop-ups events. The first pop-up in this series, which I’ll share with you today, is the PVD Polaroid Project.

In 2014, I had the pleasure of interviewing and photographing Brandon and Devan the masterminds behind the PVD Polaroid Project. The exhibition came and went, but it was a rad project nonetheless. The advice they shared is timeless!

I introduce to you all, Brandon and Devan….

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tell us about the PVD Polaroid Project?

Providence Polaroid Project creates analog experiences in a digital world. It’s a space where people can digitally disconnect and capture instant photos of the faces and spaces of Providence.

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how did you decide to start PVD Polaroid Project?

Analog photography forces a higher level of accountability. It asks people
to slow down and really think about what they are doing — you’ve only got
as many shots as what’s left in your pack of film. We thought that was an
important and unique experience for people living in a digital age to have.

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how you did you come up with the name PVD Polaroid Project?

It just made sense. So much sense, that it’s not original at all. The owner of our space had launched a project just a year before called the Providence Portrait Project. We didn’t know any of this when we submitted our grant—we know now.

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tell us about how your process at the PVD Polaroid Project.

we teach our customers how to use a 1971 Polaroid Big Shot and add their portrait to our gallery.  It’s a lot of fun.

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how would you describe your fashion style?

American-made thrift.

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 what inspires you?

Providence is such an interesting city with so many cool things going on. Just walking down the street and seeing what people are doing and creating, inspires and motivates us to be a part of it all and contribute to the Creative Capital.

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who in the photography field inspires you the most?

Winogrand for street photography and Warhol for instant portraits.
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where are you from and where do you live now?

We are from Rhode Island and live in Providence… the west side.

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why did you decide to stay in providence and open PVD Polaroid
Project here?

We chose to move back to Rhode Island for Providence. It’s a cool city
and it’s home—we are lucky for that. We are proud to contribute a small
amount of positivity to the city that gave us the opportunity to install this
project.

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describe Providence in a few words.

Hip.

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Right before bed, that’s when the best ideas come. If they are still good in the morning—we go with them.

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what is one thing you can’t leave your house without?

A copy of “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman

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when do you feel your best?

Lately, when working in the camera shop. Generally, when in a state of creativity.

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what is the best place you’ve ever traveled to?

Black Rock City. It’s a trip to look at it on Google Earth—we like it there.

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favorite quote.

“The Universe is Self-Organizing.”

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What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you?

Be comfortable in the silence.

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any words of advice would you give to our readers wanting to start a business or pursue art?

Jump and the net will appear. People will tell you to have a plan—you don’t need a plan, you need an outline. Just decide what to do and go do it. If you enjoy the work, you’ll be good at it. If you don’t enjoy the work, why do it in the first place?

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Thank you so much to Brandon and Devan for dropping some serious wisdom!

interview + photography by Olivia

The Ladd Observatory *An Interview with Curator and Astronomer Michael Umbricht*

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Astronomer, Historian of Science, and Curator of the Ladd Observatory, Michael Umbricht!

As a lover of history and astronomy, the Ladd Observatory is hands-down one of my favorite places in Providence. It is run by Brown University and is open to the public! Every Tuesday (weather permitting) at 8:30-10:00PM you can go gaze at the moon, stars, or planets with some really phenomenal telescopes — new and old. Not only that, but you can enjoy their beautiful historic objects and architecture. Go check it out — you won’t regret it.

Without further adieu, ladies and gents, I introduce to you: Michael Umbritcht!

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what is the Ladd Observatory?

The Observatory opened in 1891 and is part of the Department of Physics at the Brown University. Today it is preserved as a working museum where visitors can experience astronomy as it was practiced a century ago.*

We’re open to the public on Tuesday evenings, weather permitting. The time depends on the season of the year and when the Sun sets. Check our website for the current hours. On the rooftop deck we have the telescopes and our staff explains what our visitors are observing. We might be looking at the mountains on the Moon, the rings of Saturn, or storms on Jupiter.

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what do you do while at the Observatory?

I’m usually downstairs talking to visitors about the history of Ladd and giving tours of the building where I describe how it was operated a century ago. I sometimes do demonstrations for our visitors with the instrument collection. For example, I’ll use the Brashear spectroscope from 1891 to identify the chemical composition of a street light across our lawn. (In case you were wondering, it contained sodium vapor.)

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tell us about your journey.

I was born in Chicago, but my family moved to New England when I was about 5 years old. I’ve lived in nearby Massachusetts or Rhode Island for most of my life. I moved to Providence around the time I started working at the planetarium in the Museum of Natural History at Roger Williams Park. Providence is just the right size for me. Big enough to have a variety of interesting things to see and do, but not so large as to feel overwhelming and impersonal. I can get to know the city intimately, yet still discover new things.

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how did you get into the Physics and Astronomy field?

When I was a young child I would watch reruns of the original Star Trek. It wasn’t so much the space ships or aliens that impressed me. It was seeing human beings just simply standing on another planet that moved me. It gave me the idea that there were other worlds out there, and that you could travel beyond the Earth to visit them. That sparked my imagination.

My parents would then change the television channel and again I would see people walking on another world. But this time it was on the 6 o’clock news. A grainy video of astronauts in bulky spacesuits standing on a monochrome landscape with the crackling audio of a voice calmly saying “Beautiful, magnificent desolation.” It was, arguably, one of the few moments in human history when reality was more amazing than our wildest dreams.

I dug craters in the dirt in my backyard and my astronauts navigated a rover around them. Occasionally I would glance in the sky and wonder if, at that moment, they were looking back. In retrospect, it is quite possible that they were.

I began to read astronomy magazines that were illustrated with artists’ conceptions of what the planets in our solar system might look like, if we could just get close enough…

Over the years our robot explorers have beamed back images of the frozen surface of Saturn’s moon Titan and many other wonders. In just one year we’ll learn what another world looks like.

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Michael Umbricht // November, 1970

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Also, during my childhood I spent quite a bit of time each summer staying with family in Chicago. While there I frequently visited the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Science and Industry. That reinforced my interest in science and my desire to understand the nature of the universe. Those early experiences led me to pursue science education later in my life. For many years I worked at the Museum of Natural History in Roger Williams Park teaching astronomy at the Cormack Planetarium.

For every new vista that opens, our frontier recedes. There are now more worlds that we are just beginning to imagine. One cold January night in 2007 I captured an image of a star a few months after the announcement that a world had been discovered there. When I look at this picture I “see” much more than a small white dot.

This portion of the post was from Michael’s personal blog and can be found here: http://fornaxchimiae.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-dawn-of-new-era.html

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tell us about what you do.

While my background is in physics and astronomy I’ve spent most of my career doing science outreach and public education. Currently I’m more focused on teaching the history of science and technology from a public humanities perspective.

As Curator, I take care of the historic scientific instrument collection. I worked with my colleague Bob to calibrate the speed of the recently restored clock drive on the historic telescope from 1891. For a telescope that is this old it’s not possible to order parts from the factory if something breaks. We sometimes have our machine shop fabricate replacement parts. We do minor repairs and routine maintenance ourselves. The restoration of the telescope drive was performed by an experienced clockmaker.

I spend a lot of time researching the history of science at Brown in the archives or through digital records. I share the fascinating stories that I discover with our visitors on the public open nights, through private tours, and at our new blog.

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who inspires you and why?

Richard Feynman. In addition to his important contributions in theoretical physics he is also a thought provoking science communicator with an inspiring outlook on the world. Here is a link to a documentary called The Pleasure of Finding Things Out. It is about 50 min. long, but just the first two minutes where he talks about how a scientist views a flower will give you a feeling for both his personal philosophy and what, in general, inspires scientists to understand nature — the drive to discover both the grand structure and the inner workings of the universe.

Documentaryhttp://topdocumentaryfilms.com/pleasure-finding-things-out/

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what music do you enjoy?

At the risk of stereotyping myself… I have always been drawn to “space music.” In particular Kosmische, or so-called “Krautrock,” artists such as Klaus Schulze and early Tangerine Dream (in particular their early pre-sequencer albums like Zeit, Alpha Centauri, and especially Phaedra.) In a somewhat similar vein I like early prog rock, with my favorites being King Crimson and Live at Pompeii era Pink Floyd.

In the mid 1980s I took a couple of classes in electronic music. My final project was a musique concrète piece which I later digitized from reel-to-reel tape. The quality is not that great, but you can give it a listen at http://umbricht.org/music/ In the late 1980s I then built a PAiA Electronics modular synthesizer from a kit which I still own and have recently begun restoring.

For local shows from the past several years the bands that I’ve most enjoyed include Denim Venom, Mahi Mahi, and Lolita Black.

The best concert that I have ever been to was the King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair tour in 1984. There’s a recording called Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal with the same set list.

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favorite quote.

“Forts, arsenals, garrisons, armies, navies, are means of security and defence, which were invented in half-civilized times and in feudal or despotic countries; but schoolhouses are the republican line of fortifications, and if they are dismantled and dilapidated, ignorance and vice will pour in their legions through every breach.”

Horace Mann, Fourth Annual Report of the Secretary of the Board of Education
The Common School Journal (Boston. January 13, 1841)

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any Astronomy books you would recommend?

The two that I would recommend are more about the history of astronomy and the sociology of science.
These two popular books overlap with some of my own research or interests:

Selling the True Time: Nineteenth-Century Timekeeping in America by Ian Bartky

Undead Science: Science Studies and the Afterlife of Cold Fusion by Bart Simon

My summer reading list:

A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America by Michael Barkun

A Tenth of a Second: A History by Jimena Canales

Longitude by Wire: Finding North America by Richard Stachurski

Somewhat astronomy related are my favorite science fiction novels:

His Master’s Voice and Solaris by Stanisław Lem

Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

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where can our readers connect with you, the Ladd, and follow your personal journey?

Ladd Observatory

website: http://brown.edu/ladd
twitter: https://twitter.com/LaddObs
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaddObs
email list: https://listserv.brown.edu/?A0=laddobservatory
google+: https://plus.google.com/u/1/b/100488025143383552619/100488025143383552619/posts

Personal Research 

Personal blog: http://fornaxchimiae.blogspot.com/
Slides from my talks at Brown University: https://brown.academia.edu/MichaelUmbricht
google+ : http://google.com/+MichaelUmbricht
twitter: https://twitter.com/W9GYR

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Thank you Michael for sharing your story, knowledge, and workspace with us!

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// photography + interview by Olivia //

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EXPLORING OTHER WORLDS

PLANTS & FLOWERS IN SPACE

DALI MUSEUM: AN INSIDE LOOK

A few months ago I wrote about my love for the famous surrealist painter, Salvador Dali and his incredible museum in St. Pete, Florida. You can see that post here… “STAY WEIRD.”

So you could imagine, I was stoked to receive an email from the producer of a mini-documentary about the Dali Museum. It features the museum’s architect, Yann Weymouth and museum director, Dr. Hank Hine. It’s 4 minutes of gorgeous indoor and outdoor shots of the museum… maybe you’ll be able to see why it continues to be one of my favorite places ever.

You can check it out below.

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don’t quit your day dream,
Olivia

Documentary:
Written and Produced by Seamus Payne for TheCoolist.com
Directed and Edited by Ben Bradley of RightHandFilms.com

Carina Sitkus *Writer and Creator of The Curious Cat Project* An Interview

The greatest thing about blogging and using social media are the connections and people you meet along the way. Today, I wanted to share with you an interview and photo shoot I did with Carina at the Providence Athenaeum. Although she is only in her early 20’s, Carina is an old-soul with a deep passion for books, writing, and the environment around her.

Like Carina, I encourage you to pursue what you love and find community with those that love the same things you do.

Without further adieu ladies and gentlemen, Carina Sitkus…

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Age: 25.

where are you from and where do you live now?

“I was born in Tampa, Florida. I lived in Rhode Island up until sophomore year of high school, which is when I moved to New Jersey with my family. I moved back to Rhode Island after college to work for Teach For America.”

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when did your passion for writing begin?

“It’s always been there, even when my writing sucked. And it might still. But it started at the kitchen table with my mom saying; “Write it over. That can be better.” Writing has always been a huge part of my life, as has reading. I tend to keep that tidbit about myself close to my chest, though. Sharing your writing, or even the fact that you write, can be a vulnerable experience. That’s partly the reason why I’m obsessed with this idea of creating a close-knit community of writers online. I want it to have the feeling of familiarity that is having a coffee conversation with a friend and the potential for anonymity that comes with the online space.”

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what type of writing do you do?

“A little bit of novels and poetry, and neither. I’ve tried novels, but I’m drawn to the way words and phrases sound on the page, rather than the plot they create. So I would say poetic narrative is the poison I’ve picked. On my bad days, and there are many of them, I struggle to call myself any kind of writer, and I believe it’s important to be honest about that.”

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You have a blog for writers by writers, describe The Curious Cat Project!

The Curious Cat Project is an online community designed to connect and inspire writers. I’m particularly interested in connecting full time “something else” writers. Poets who are engineers. Novelists who are dads. Short story writers who are teachers. Writers are a generous bunch. For the most part, they want to make one another feel welcome and help each other make connections. I thought, “but what if you’re too busy to go to a poetry reading? To attending a writing workshop? Too short on cash to go to that week-long conference? At work when that conference is happening?” You get the idea.”

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what made you decide to start the Curious Cat Project?

“Writing– just like teaching in some ways– is a solitary endeavor that can often leave you feeling lonely and wondering if what you’re doing is making any difference at all. I can’t say I’ve found the answer, but I decided to start The Curious Cat Project so that the question was on the table (at least). How do you know if what you’re doing will make a difference past a day let alone a year? Let alone a decade? Century? These are the questions any writer– any human, really– asks on a daily basis. What is my purpose? In many ways, writers are super-sensitive to finding the answer to that question. At any rate, that’s what I hope to explore in my own writing.”

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What would you say is your big vision for the Curious Cat Project.?

“I simply want my readers to feel like someone “gets them”, or to at least walk away feeling inspired or curious about something. I’m a firm believer that you aren’t growing if you aren’t learning or exploring.

Shorter-term, I also really hope to get together a small group of great people for The CCP’s first-ever online writers workshop, which will kick-off this fall.”

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tell us about how you came up with the name: CCP?

“It’s playing off of the idea “curiosity killed the cat,” although of course I’m asking my readers to be curious, so take that for what it’s worth. I didn’t want to name it something boring like “The Writer’s Connection,” although that may have been easier to market. I wanted to be able to tie imagery to my posts, and I happen to have a very cute cat that I can feature. My goal is to simply be honest with my readers while also coming across as professional, engaging, and fun.”

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what do you do full time besides the CCP?

“I am the External Affairs Associate for Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) Mayoral Academy, a network of charter schools serving Cumberland, Central Falls, Pawtucket and Lincoln, RI.  My role encompasses a lot of cool projects, but is largely communications-focused.”

I live my life by inspiration, tell me, what inspires you?

“You inspire me. Strong women who follow their dreams, are genuine and kind and support other women.”

“Also, what inspires me is the thought that life is short, and that death washes away any stupid thought you’ve had or word you’ve said. I’m someone who tends to worry about absolutely everything. But there’s only so much you can worry about before you think, “that’s enough.” I’m not someone who thinks you should life only to fulfill your own happiness, but I do think it’s important to recognize how short life is. To see the 20-year old in that 90-year old body sitting in your grandmother’s chair. You don’t grow old, even though your body does. I’m not sure the 20-year old gets that.The morbid inspires me because not many people want to think about it until they’re in their 90-year-old chair. By then, it’s too late, and it hits you like a freight train.  You just have to go after your dreams and not worry so much. It’s not worth it.”

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if you had to chose one person in your whole life that has inspired you, who would that be and why?

“Impossible to choose just one!”

describe Providence in a few words.

“Friendly. Artsy. Close. Familial.”

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how would you describe your fashion style?

“I love observing fashion. I admire it. But, quite honestly, I hate shopping, which is kind of a prerequisite to having any kind of fashion sense. That being said, I would say I have a classic style– I’m not one to really give a hoot about the current trends, although I’m getting better at that.  I think sticking to the basics works all day, every day. Simple dresses, professional tops.  On weekends I prefer a regular sports t-shirt with a pair of jeans.”

if you could drop everything and do ONE thing, what would you do and why?!

“Write something that:
1. creates something that never existed before and
2. helps someone one else.”

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what is your favorite season, why?

“I go back and forth between fall and spring. I love the imagery of falling leaves and warm cups of coffee or cocoa or what have you. But I also love the smell of spring and rain. It’s a toss-up.”

when do you feel the most creative and excited to write?

“After a glass of wine. Seriously, though, after reading. I like to read and simmer and read some more, and then my mind gets moving and it won’t stop until I’ve written it all down.”

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what is one thing you can’t leave your house without?

“A book (even if it’s on the kindle app on my phone).”

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when do you feel your best?

“When I feel heard– really heard– and when everything I’ve said has come out the right way, and how I meant it. That’s part of the reason I love writing so much. I feel like I am able to really craft what I’m saying without messing up the meaning behind my words. Being productive also feels pretty good. I like staying busy and spending my time purposefully.”

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what is the best place you’ve ever traveled to?

“The ocean is an important part of my life. My favorite spot is this one rock at Beavertail in Jamestown, RI. I have a painting of it in my apartment.”

Favorite quote.

“The short version of the Jefferson quote, “I cannot live without books.” I really might die without them.”

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any words of advice would you give to our readers wanting to write but don’t feel confident enough?

“It’s impossible for someone to think your same words; therefore, your words carry weight. Write them. Share them. Write every day, even if it’s just a sentence. And start calling yourself a writer, or no one else will.”

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what kinds of social media can we follow you on and how can Winter Moon readers contact you?

“Thanks for asking! “Readers can:

follow @carinasitkus on twitter

like The Curious Cat Project on facebook!

email csitkus@gmail.com.  I love emails!

visit  http://www.thecuriouscatproject.com.

I also write on the Medium! https://medium.com/@carinasitkus

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A special thanks to the Providence Athenaeum for allowing us to do this photo shoot in their beautiful space!

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xx,

Olivia

// all photography + editing by Olivia //