3 Questions : Milla

3 Questions is an interview-style series featuring some of my favorite bloggers. Every week, I ask one inspirational person 3 completely random questions and ask them to share three photos that represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest.

I’m very excited to be able to feature Milla this week. If you’ve been around my blog long enough, I’m sure you’ve seen me mention a handful of her posts when I shared favorite links. I always look forward to opening the links to her latest entries on her blog and indulging in the visual, spiritual, earthly and intellectual feast that awaits. She is a Finnish woman who lives close to nature on a small island in the Pacific Northwest . Her dedication and passion to the world and people around her is as moving as her wild kindness and sincerity. Just a quick visit to her blog and you’ll see what I mean.

If you could hang out with any famous person (dead or alive) for an evening, who would it be and why? 

Wow. Of all of the people? Of course one is tempted to pick someone who could unravel the mysteries of life and such and if language, or possible mythical origin would not be a problem, I would love to meet Han-Shan, the Zen hermit who wrote his poems on cave walls, and who’s work, as Gary Snyder’s translation is tattooed on my left arm. Speaking of which, I would love to meet either Gary Snyder, a great and powerful poet in his own right, or Tove Jansson, the Finnish author and illustrator, in their younger days, at the peak of their wildness and creativity.

What is the last song you listened to?“Brave World” by Bowerbirds, a band that’s been the soundtrack of hope and righteous anger and wonder in my life for six, or so years now. Their songs are very tender, kind and wild, I can’t think of one that doesn’t still bring up a flood of emotion within me. Best listened to on headphones while wild-crafting, but I was just sipping tea and coloring cards…

If you had to teach a class, what would you teach?I’ve only ever taught two classes in my life, one on creative writing for teenage girls, another on The Fertility Awareness Method, for grown womyn and my dream class would be to combine the two. I’d love to teach a sex-ed class, because the latter experience was really eye-opening about how sex-ed is taught in American schools. Here were women, sexually active, in their 20s and 30s, still asking questions my gym teacher who taught our health class, had drilled into me in my teens. I’m continually perplex by the lack of knowledge and respect that even the people in my very progressive, liberal and hippie dippie community have around the basic, if mystical, functions of women’s bodies. I’d love to teach young women to love and respect and care for their own bodies in an empowering, DIY-way. I kinda doubt our school, or any other school would let anything like that happen, still, I have the curriculum all laid out in my head ;)

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