“Keeping one’s eye on the goal does not preclude enjoying the surroundings” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Sherri Fujimagari by © Lori Maloney

“Sherri is one of the kindest, gentlest, most gracious, and warmest people I’ve ever met.  She’s living proof of the Confucius quote, “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”  When Sherri & John had come for a visit to discuss her shoot, I learned of her love for medicine wheels.  Given busy lives & the distance to medicine wheels in our area, we opted to choose another location.  Only a few days later a post came up on my FB feed: the Blood Tribe had recently built a traditional medicine wheel very near my home!  We met on a beautiful day at the medicine wheel; we made offerings of tobacco and stones, we talked, we laughed, and we ‘took in’ the energy of the place…it was an extraordinary afternoon! I’m so grateful to both S&J for trusting me & for sharing the experience with me!  Life is beautiful!” – Lori M

Image by © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Sherri

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

A. When I was young, my Mom used to bake a Birthday Cake and whoever had the Birthday could have as much cake as they wanted.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I don’t really have a worst Birthday.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?

A. I got a very nice watch one year.

Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist on eating during your birthday celebration?

A. No, any good food with friends is great.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Fellowship.

Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

A. Just the usual Birthday cake with candles, or candle.