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“Not all those who wander are lost”

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings


What is lost? The dictionary defines the state of being lost as “having gone astray or missed the way; bewildered as to place, direction, etc.”


I have certainly gone astray. I have even missed the way and been a bit bewildered as to place, direction, etc. But I’ve never been lost.


What About West Peak?

If you love being outdoors in Juneau, then you are familiar with most of the local mountains that are popular day hikes. There’s Mt. Juneau, obviously, then Gastineau Peak, Mt. Roberts, and Sheep Mt. Looking at Douglas Island from downtown Juneau, Mt. Bradley (aka Mt. Jumbo) dominates the skyline, and Mt. Troy welcomes hikers traveling up the Dan Moller trail or crossing over from Eaglecrest. In the Mendenhall Valley no one can ignore Thunder Mt. and Mt. McGinnis. Even Blackerby Ridge and Cairn Peak are now hiked so often a trench like path has formed in places along the ridge.

Thunder Mountain traverse - now and then

Yes, I have been hiking. No, I have not been writing about my hikes. I have been approached by quite a few people over the past 11 months (has it been that long since my last blog?), asking me when I was going to write again. People have talked to me in the grocery store, at yoga practice, on the ski trails in the winter and the hiking trails in the summer. Last night at a classical music concert, someone tapped me on the shoulder and asked me yet again. Tomorrow, I answered. I’m going to write a blog tomorrow.

Year of Reading Foreign: The slow burn

I’m a fast reader. That’s not boasting. That’s a fact. I kept stats for 2014 and I average one book or 342 pages every three days. (Yes, stats. Like a sport. Competitive reading.)

But those stats hide a lot of variation. I can read a 350-page book in several hours. It can also take me several weeks. The later has been the case with “Death and the Dervish” by Mesa Selimovic. 453 pages long; three weeks and counting.

Rainy Day Reads: Say ‘no’ to vampire novels

I admit the trend was fun — for about a week sometime in 2008 — and it did us all a favour by popularizing the supernatural genre (of which many fine examples that do not include vampires can be found), but I’m over vampires.

The best vampire book I ever read was “Dracula”* by Bram Stoker and sometimes I wish it was the only one I ever read.

Unfortunately, it was not.

HIGHER EDUCATION: The local option

Back when voters were considering Ballot Measure 2, one of the biggest arguments against the measure (and the one heard loudest in rural Alaska) was the fact that local communities couldn't opt out of legalization.

That's because of Ravin v. State, the 1975 Alaska Supreme Court decision that said Alaskans have the right to possess (and use) marijuana in the privacy of their own homes. Ballot Measure 2 didn't touch the local option issue because of that decision.

HIGHER EDUCATION: State releases updated regulation schedule

On Wednesday, the state sent out an updated schedule explaining when it plans to finish work on different parts of the regulations that will govern the commercial marijuana industry in Alaska.

Rainy Day Reads: What the League can do for you

“What league am I talking about?” you ask.

None other than “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.”

The 2003 movie was a seminal event in my reading life and with the announcement of a reboot in the works, I thought I’d take the time to revisit 13-year-old me.


Let's talk marijuana. Specifically, Alaska marijuana.

Higher Education is a new feature I'm rolling out to cover the progress of the legal marijuana industry in Alaska. I find it interesting, and if you're reading this, I hope you do, too.

Cross-culination: Makin' food and makin' friends

Though Beau Schooler will head to Louisiana as a competitor, promoting Alaska foods with the dish he prepares, the Great American Seafood Cook-Off also serves as an opportunity to meet other chefs to build relationships and potentially learn new things.

Schooler has studied in Italy in the past and most recently was invited to serve as a guest Chef at the Caputo Brothers Creamery in Pennsylvania.


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