December 16th, 2007

Miracle staircase

I had read about the “miracle staircase,” and on a recent visit to New Mexico I had the privilege of seeing it firsthand. This 20-foot staircase, originally without siderails, makes two complete 360-degree turns. It has no center support, resting solely on its own base and against the choir loft of the Loretto Chapel. The masterpiece was built by a mysterious carpenter without glue or nails. The Chapel, once owned by the Catholic Church, became a private museum in 1971. For more information, see www.lorettochapel.com.

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About Photographer Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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