. . Debbie and I are making pemmican, which first requires making caribou jerky. So today I thawed some meat from a roadkill caribou I found in the road a while ago and cut it into thin slices and put it in this awesome dehydrator that Debbie found at a yardsale that someone made themselves, … Continue reading land of the midnite ice-cream binge
I drove with a friend into Fairbanks today to do some shopping. I hadn’t been shopping in weeks- I’d been living off roadkill caribou stew and my housemate’s non-organic potatoes, and the odd organic cabbage, the size of a grapefruit, that another friend had picked up for me. Then today we left early and drove … Continue reading the well
Spring. Abandoned houses.
I went walking today in the woods beyond the village. The moss is green again, and the leaves on the cranberries too. . There are catkins on the willows, suddenly. . The village where I work is full of abandoned houses, their doors unlocked. . . . . . I like to go inside, sometimes, … Continue reading Spring. Abandoned houses.
My child army vs. all the soggy vomit cartons of the world
It's eleven at night and the sun is just setting. Some nameless forest bird is chirping, and the newly born insects are batting at the window-screen. It was seventy-five degrees today, like instant summer, no time for foreplay when you've only got twelve frost-free weeks. I wanted to do so many things when I got … Continue reading My child army vs. all the soggy vomit cartons of the world
In Anchorage, it’s really spring. All the snow is gone, and the air smells like dirt. And the sea, too, although I cannot see it, beyond these dead potted plants and ratty driveway, ground down by winter’s ice-age of weather. I can smell the sea, though, and hear the seagulls. I know it’s close to … Continue reading Anchorage
bears bears bears
Some fun facts about bears in Alaska. Of the statements below, two are false. Can you guess which ones? A. There are 300 black bears and 60 grizzly bears living in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. B. There are an estimated 30,000 brown bears (grizzlies) and 100,00-200,000 black bears in the state of Alaska. C. In … Continue reading bears bears bears
Today we ate a late lunch of re-heated pinto beans and set out, sleds in tow, to move spruce rounds from the edge of the oil road. There are two sleds, both black plastic, one large, one smaller. One holds five spruce rounds, stacked in a pyramid, tilting and tipping on the packed-snow inclines of … Continue reading woodsponies
Holy books and melting icicles
------------------------------ I had a dream this morning, fast asleep in Little House, with the bright light of day streaming in the cabin window- first I woke up, at 7:34, in time for work, but it was the weekend so I pulled a striped t-shirt over my face and went back to sleep, and then the … Continue reading Holy books and melting icicles
Breakup. My Happy Place.
It had been a long week in the land of Electricity, Alarm Clocks, Florescent Lighting and Cherry Ice-Cream, all things that I have come to associate with my job. Then, yesterday mid-day, I was finally back at little house again, for a single precious night! River and I crossed the river with our black plastic … Continue reading Breakup. My Happy Place.
At work I can use as much electricity as I want
So I'm blogging alot. I've been writing, too, in mediums other than this one, trying to make a "story". I didn't go to college so sometimes the concept of making a "story" (you know- beginning, middle, end) eludes me. I'm trying to make one. It's about a ruby-colored box and a freight train and some … Continue reading At work I can use as much electricity as I want
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