Only in Spain: A Foot-Stomping, Firecracker of a Memoir by Nellie Bennett

By Nellie Bennett

Looking for herself, Nellie Bennett fell passionately in love...with the land of flamenco

One day, Nellie Bennett falls in love with flamenco in a Sydney dance studio. uninterested in her dull retail task and longing to catch up with to the genuine event, she packs her suede dance footwear and travels to Seville, Spain. What Nellie didn't become aware of is that flamenco is not only a dance; it's a lifestyle. whereas there, she falls in love 3 times-with a smoky-eyed dance instructor, a tempestuous Gypsy, and with a good-looking Basque chef-only to find that it's the rustic that's held her middle all alongside.

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That year, when I was ten, we traveled back down to Skagway for a visit. Chuck, Heather, Molly, and I stayed with the Moores, the big family whose house I had been on my way to the day I tried to fly. During our visit, Mom and Dad took some friends mountain-goat hunting and trekking. Sometimes Dad guided in the summers and would take groups of travelers on the Chilkoot Trail, the same route used during the Klondike Gold Rush. One summer it was a Florida businessman named Tad Duke and a group of his friends.

The spirit of Alaska is unique, combining awe for the untamed majesty of nature, a rugged individualism, and strong traditions of mutual aid. People still come to Alaska seeking adventure and a chance to test their mettle in the wilderness. Good people like Chuck Heath. He arrived for the hunting and fishing but actually hit the trifecta: he got the adventure he yearned for and earned his master’s degree in education and got a pay raise to boot. The State of Alaska was paying a premium, $6,000 a year (more than twice what he was paid in Idaho), to attract more teachers.

Early in my political career, I would remember that lesson. When things went right under my administration’s leadership, sometimes I’d look around and wonder why no one but me was jumping with joy. ) In high school, I played basketball, my name next to number 22 on the varsity roster all four years. I mainly rode the bench during close games, until my senior year, because I played point guard behind a much stronger player, my sister Heather. Our team was made up of a group of best girlfriends, like Kim “Tilly” Ketchum and Karen Bush, who shared everything, including our faith.

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