Adeline Potts, one of our summer residents, is leading an exciting and challenging life right now. She is recording the dialogue in the Arizona PBS studios for a cartoon character, Auntie Midge. The animated series is entitled "Molly of Denali," and the educational series aims to provide greater awareness of the Alaskan culture. The series follows feisty ten-year-old Molly Mabrary and her adventures while living with her family in the fictional village of Qyah, Alaska. Molly is a charismatic child who enjoys exploring the village with her friends when she is not helping her parents run the Denali Trading Post.
"Molly of Denali" sheds new light on the values of present-day Alaskan culture. The show's producers wanted the series to be authentic to their cultures and values to dispel the possibility of misguided depictions of the indigenous people.
Alaska native and Arizona resident Adeline Potts is the voice of Auntie Midge, the village's tribal leader. Adeline, who previously had no acting experience, said that after looking over the script she found parallels between her life and the life of her character. Although initially she was not interested in pursuing the role, she said she finally became convinced she had to try.
"There is one part where I have to raise my voice and get mad and I said 'Oh, I'm good at that,'" she laughed. "Auntie Midge is supposed to be a seventy-year-old native woman. She is feisty, a busybody and chief of the village. I know the village life in Alaska so I could just picture her. I saw my character in the cartoon."
After receiving advice from the show's creative producer, Princess Daazhraili Johnson, who is also an Alaska native and a friend of Adeline's daughter, Adeline submitted her audition tape and landed the part. She recalled being shocked that she was chosen for the voice acting role, especially because through most of her childhood she was self conscious about how she sounded.
"English was my second language," Adeline explained. "I was shy throughout high school because I could not talk very well, but I learned English and I was good in English class. I finished high school and was shy until I met that guy," she said smiling and motioning toward her husband, Mike.
Each episode will include two eleven-minute stories. There will also be a one-hour special of the series, to be aired on July 15.
I should be getting more information from Adeline, and I certainly will pass it on to you readers. To me, the most difficult part of her assignment will be for the youthful Adeline to sound as if she were seventy years old. This is really an exciting time for her!
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Some bits of good advice from one of our readers:
Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
Believe in miracles.
God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or did not do.
Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.
All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we would grab ours back.
The best is yet to come.
Life is not tied with a bow, but it is still a gift.
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In renewing their subscription, Paul Starkovich wrote, "Our thanks for another year of great news. Enjoy your summer."
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Maren Welles called from Minnetonka last week to inquire about the absence of a Bible verse at the end of the "Chaos" column in the May 31st issue of The News. Maren was more than a little upset. That Bible verse is extremely important to many of our readers. Maren and her husband, George, have suggested Bible verses for the column on several occasions and they did not take the absence of a Bible verse lightly. The fact that the Chaos column was a repeat of one that I have carried before did not seem to be a valid excuse. Of course, Maren is a very sweet, understanding person, but she had to find out just what was going on and to let me know that she would appreciate its not happening again. She is a dear friend, as is George.
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Jack Winters suggested I Thessalonians 5:17 as this week's Bible verse: Pray without ceasing.
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