Nestled between the San Juan Islands and Mount Baker in the Pacific Northwest, Sher Vadinska feels most at home. Inspired by the beauty of the land and its people, she writes, makes music, teaches, and plays outside as often as possible.
on Feb. 17, 2013 :
From the first moment to the last, my heart is with Sher on her journey, given her easy style of sharing her perceptions. She constantly surprises me with a quirky turn of a phrase, laughing at herself, disciplining herself, and describing bluntly and exquisitely her observations of people, her own mindsets, and the attributes of each road, town, campsite diner, tree or rock she visits. The achievement of the journey is personal, yet so worthy of sharing; the story-telling warms my heart like fresh baked bread.
(reviewed 79 days after purchase)
on Feb. 16, 2013 :
The story of Sher's 2000 mile coastal bike journey in Snakeskins and Signposts is a magnificent inside view of what it is like to really live an adventure. Her emotions are frankly revealed as she describes seemingly,chance encounters with strangers that are profoundly life altering,the grueling sheer-force of will it sometimes takes to achieve a dream, and the beauty of grace when your will and the will of the universe are in perfect time with each other.The humor and candor is laugh out-loud funny.On every page I felt like I was on this journey.
Sher is a gifted musician that touches you with her openness and vulnerability in her music. She creates a magical space for the audience in her performance and as a writer and story-teller, Sher is able to create this space for readers as well. This is an intimate and fascinating book - one of my all-time favorites!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Jan. 06, 2013 :
I felt like a good friend of the author's, taken into her confidence, welcomed inside her mind. Her character and philosophy quietly unfolds throughout the story, with the epiphany not happening in a single moment, but rather in the miracle of day to day living. A delightful ride.
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)
on Jan. 06, 2013 :
A delightful read and great adventure. I so enjoyed this true account. What a wonderful outlook on life and nature Ms Vadinska has to share. And a nice lesson on what one can achieve if one can overcome her fears.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)
on Nov. 19, 2012 :
What an amazing and exciting adventure to read about! Sher writes in such a way as to make me feel as though I were riding in her vest pocket or perhaps perched on her shoulder. Her humor shines through and brings the reader on a journey of laughter and intrigue of what may be around the next bend. Her deep reflections about life, hers and in general, brought me to my own meandering thoughts. I highly recommend Snakeskins and Signposts to the adventuring soul!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)