Linda Olsen

Closed box - The Animal Within by Linda Olsen

Closed box - The Animal Within by Linda Olsen

Open Box - The Animal Within by Linda Olsen

Open Box - The Animal Within by Linda Olsen

 I always wondered why freedom was so important, special, and highly valued by me and my family. Then I traveled to my ancestral home in Latvia and discovered the genetic component that came to me through my paternal grandparents. The Latvians over the last 100 years have fought several times for their independence. First November 18, 1918, known as Bear Slayer Day, when the defenders of Riga defeated the pro-German Voluntary Western Russia army, or simply the army of Bermont, and declared Latvia an independent state. Then again in 1994, with the fall of the Soviet Union, Latvia was finally able to once again push the Russian military (bear) out and declare themselves free once more.

Carefully peak inside the box to see “the animal within.”