Day 202: Something Beautiful—Not Bethel

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.

There is nothing to recommend Bethel, Alaska. As advertised, I have found it to be one of the bleakest environments I have experienced. Except that there are no mountains or beautiful coastlines, it represents the most austere and desolate of that which people think of as the wilderness. West—there is no road, and no established settlement for 400 miles until Anchorage.

To the point, Bethel is not beautiful. So why bother mentioning it. Tonight—sitting in the perpetual grey of the gnarly Alaskan plains—the vivid colors of last night seem all the more technicolor. So tonight, back to Anchorage and Cook’s Inlet for mysterious skies or cieli misteriosi.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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2 Responses to Day 202: Something Beautiful—Not Bethel

  1. Pete says:

    Sometimes we need the UN-remarkable nothingness of the wilderness for our well being.

    • vbassoc says:

      You are right. The sharp contrast between this place and the rest of the world brings into perspective what you have and what you don’t need among other things. But there is difference in scarcity. And a lack of beauty truly diminishes an environment. There are many things I could live without, but not beauty.

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