From the miscellaneous drawer - Children matter

Children have always been important to me. Growing up, I was a babysitter for children in my small town.
Cousins were like younger siblings when they stayed with us and became part of the family at least for a while.
My first marriage ended because the man didn’t want children.
In California, where my sister was raising two daughters and attending university, I lived with her for a while to help care for Susan and Nicoli. It was a good experience.
Moving back to the Midwest I became close to my brother’s two daughters - Lise and Ingrid.
Later, I had two children of my own and now have six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Each one is precious and loved no matter what happens in the path of life.
The first to die was Lise Swenson, at the young age of 56 in 2016. She left a legacy of her work at SF State - an adult film called Saltwater, the movie. It is quirky by Midwestern standards, challenging too many beliefs, but representative of the free wheeling West Coast age.
In the film the main character is searching for her grandmother’s wedding dress at the Salton Sea home of her aunt Vera, but ends up caring for her dying aunt and sifting through memories of childhood.
The film was shown at San Francisco’s Indie Fest, but has not been released for distribution. It’s a shame, because so many of her students, family and friends volunteered to make it happen.
An article in the January 29, 2017 San Francisco Chronicle outlined her work history. She also presented a program at the Ely Arts and Heritage Center, Miners Dry, at one time.
A recent note from producer Amy Covell stated, “We hope this movie can touch as many lives as Lise touched in her time on this earth.”
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In the Ely Echo for May 31, 1999, 20 years ago, the headlines were:
• 67 to graduate from Ely High;
• Pioneer Mine project at critical juncture;
• GTE sale to Citizens includes Ely exchange;
• Northwest Airlines flights resume;
• Bids open on city street projects;
• Ironmen have second best finish in 30 years, fall to Mankato, Bethany in finals.