Aspiring Magazine March/April 2022

Moon Beam News

ASPIRING MAGAZINE

TARA SUTPHEN CHT FEATURE ARTICLE

MARCH/APRIL 2022

I want to start out with where you were born, where you grew up. What was your life like?

I grew up in two states, Alaska and California. My mother, Marianne grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. She was born in a tent in Palmer and grew up on a homestead. When I was conceived, she was a nurse in Hollywood. She went back to Alaska to work in a Native Hospital for most of her pregnancy before moving to Seattle, Washington where I was born. Birth itself was a struggle for me. I immediately had to have an emergency surgery that lasted almost eight hours. The hospital Chaplin had little hope in my recovery. He read me my last rites and sent my mother home. It was my first near death experience. As a baby, I remembered everything. I could recount…

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