Spirit Magazine - September 2013 - (Page 22)
I read “American Idol” by Bruce Anderson [July 2013] with
great interest on a recent flight. It was about Pinnacles,
America’s newest national park,
and the sanctuary it has become for
the California condor. It was great
to learn of the amazing comeback
the condor is making after facing
near extinction and the contribution
it makes to our environment by being a carrion feeder,
feasting on the carcasses of expired animals. The California
condor truly serves a valuable role in our ecosystem, and
I am happy to know that, unlike me and my fellow travelers,
it isn’t limited to just two carrion.
National parks are the
crown jewels of our
country. But our newest,
Pinnacles, raises the
does it take to be one?
BY BRUCE ANDERSON
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID H. COLLIER
ROCK OF AGES
A dusky, distant
view of the stony
spires that give
Pinnacles its name.
Opposite: A hiker
sizes up the park’s
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On the other hand, James, both your bags and the condor fly free.
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TIES THAT BIND
I enjoyed reading your July article
“Made in America.” I clearly recall
a visit to the Tonka Truck factory in
Minnetonka, Minnesota, when I was
in elementary school. Seeing those
little trucks pieced together before
my eyes sparked my 6-year-old
imagination; it taught me that every
object has a story, whether it’s made
by the thousand or by the dozen.
I’ve always been in love with fashion
and all things historical, and, at 18,
I started making custom corsets.
At the time, I thought it would be
me and maybe one other person producing these garments. Twenty-four
years later, I have a staff of 15 that
helps me design, pattern, cut, stitch,
and sell these creations out of our
storefront in the Hayes Valley
neighborhood of San Francisco.
Who knew that an 18-year-old’s
dream of making pretty things
for people to wear and feel better
about themselves in could turn into
a world-renowned business with a
celebrity clientele—and every single
garment is proudly made right here
in America. Thank you for sharing
the stories of other enterprising
folks. It all starts with a dream.
We doubt that many corset makers
were inspired by toy trucks, Autumn.
You clearly had the Yankee ingenuity
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spirit Magazine - September 2013
Gary's Greeting en Español
Star of the Month
From the Editor
Eat Drink Sleep
"Are You Famous Amos?"
Products and Services
Rapid Rewards Partners
The "If" List
Spirit Magazine - September 2013