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A Katmai Kuma Sandwich

   This month, I’ve been out at the University registering voters once or twice a week for the Juneau League of Women Voters Registration Drive. We do this in pairs, and we’re there for two hours over lunch time. There’s lots of time to talk.

   Anne Fuller was my registration partner on September 25th. Anne is a Storyteller and Gatherer of Stories. I told her I was doing this blog and felt a responsibility to do it in a community building, yet interesting, way. At one point, Anne said, “The question is why do we tell the stories we tell?”

The Nexus, continued

   Since I posted the blog on the connections between the City of Juneau, the cruise ships, and the jewelry stores, I've gotten lots of interesting comments on this page, by email, and on Facebook.

   I've also been talking about this with folks and wondering if there is a will to use some kind of zoning to keep Southeast Alaska core downtowns vibrant and alive twelve months of the year. Can you zone an area for stores that must be open at least 10 months a year?

A Special Anniversary Hike

There is a special place up on an alpine ridge above Granite Creek basin. When I sit there, I feel as if I am at the center of the world. I can look around and see two of my favorite ridge hikes – the Gastineau-Roberts-Sheep ridge and the Mt. Juneau ridge. I can look up at Mt. Olds on one side and Clark Peak on the other. Hardly anyone comes up here. It’s somewhere I can always go when I want to enjoy the mountains and have them all to myself.

The CBJ, Diamonds, Cruise Ship Nexus

  Just as most Juneau folks worry about "Capitol Creep", (that is not a person, it's the gradual moving of state government offices to Anchorage), I worry about the gradual progression of international jewelry stores on South Franklin Street edging their way into our core downtown and snuffing it out.

Denali

Denali
Roughly 6.2 million acres.
The third largest national park and preserve in the Untied States.
Denali.
The two bigger are also in Alaska (Wrangell-St. Elias and Gates of the Arctic) as are four more in the top 10 (No. 4 Katmai, No. 6 Glacier Bay, No. 7 Lake Clark and No. 9 Kobuk Valley).
20,320 feet high.
Denali.
Meaning "The High One" in Koyukon Athabaskan.
Also called Mount McKinley.
And "Holy Cow" and "Wow" and "OMG!"

South to Unalaska - The Women's Conference

 As I wrote in my earlier blog, I was invited to speak at a women’s conference on September 8, 2012, in Unalaska. Billie Jo Gehring, who was born and raised in Juneau, called me from her home in Unalaska and said the conference was about empowerment so they wanted the keynote speech to be around the theme of women's empowerment.

 After protesting that there were no doubt empowered women on the island, I was convinced by Billie Jo that she wanted me to be the one to speak to the women of her island community.

Update from a Busy Weekend

A combination of basketball, community service and sightseeing made this weekend very busy, yet a lot of fun. Saturday morning we drove about 20 minutes to Gdansk to visit the area of the city known as Old Town. It was absolutely beautiful, minus the rain, and I'd love to share more about it but after almost three weeks, I finally have some basketball news to share! 

Starting from scratch

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher

Six years and two months ago, I was out for a sunny afternoon bike ride when a car suddenly turned in front of me. I smashed straight into the passenger side, flew up over the roof, hit the trunk and landed flat on my back on the pavement. The damage total was a severely broken forearm that required two metal plates and twelve screws to repair, a broken collarbone and shoulder blade, and six broken ribs. Ouch.

'Celebration' dust

The clouds lifted briefly this week to reveal a downy white dusting of snow on the peaks above Lemon Creek. 

My husband, absolutely ecstatic about the sighting, called me to share the news. Talk of the fresh snow percolated through town and our paper's photographer, Michael Penn, was even asked to snap a photo of the tell-tale sign of winter's impending arrival. 

The microwave is just trying to be nice

Working in the field of journalism can do weird things to one's hours. In some ways, it is wonderful — I hate waking up early. In other ways, it is rough. I often find myself eating meals at weirder and weirder hours. 

Today I decided to heat up some delicious roasted-red-pepper-tomato soup in a mug in the microwave. To avoid soup explosions and unnecessary cleaning, I choose to microwave in shorter increments and stir. When the time runs out on this particular microwave, the screen reads "YOUR FOOD IS READY" even if your food is, in fact, not ready. 

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