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Of course, the Puppetistas weren't just any puppet troupe. "We're talking massive props," laughs Sara. "You know, puppets with heads as big as VW vans. Makes for really cool street theatre." But it wasn't just the quality of their productions — or their political message — that attracted her, she says, it was also their commitment to a collective way of life. And it's kept her involved in Puppetista happenings to this day. "It's a very open lifestyle," she explains. "Very communal. And it's made me open up more, see more, feel things more. I think I've gained a lot of patience living in those kinds of conditions. I've become way more accepting..."
Sara's adventures are legion. And I've barely scratched the surface of her travels. But I'm already at the end of my allotted space for this week. And, well, I think I've written enough about her over the last three columns that you probably get the idea anyway. This is one exceptional woman. And the community is lucky to have her. But don't tell Sara that. It will only make her uncomfortable.
"Whistler is my home," she concludes. "This is where I grew up. This is where I feel most alive. Besides, we're all connected. If I want to make an impact — a real impact — it doesn't really matter where I am."
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