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In my garden...

I think my approach to flower gardening is fairly typical among those who live in northern climes-- once winter’s hold is broken, approach gardening with robust abandon!  Then, as the days get longer and summer rolls along, garden less and less, in direct proportion to whatever minimum effort is needed to keep the weeds at bay.  Don’t get me wrong—I love my garden and, at a minimum, I visit it every day.  But gardening is a lot of work and summer beckons with

Happy Tails--Albert & Eisha

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”  So begins the novel, “A Tale of Two Cities”.  But this is a story about two cats—cats with very different life stories, who are now living in “the best of times,” in spite of uncertain beginnings and ongoing challenges.

A good story is worth it, don't miss your chance

In August of 2012 I spent hours listening to Bill Overstreet tell his life story, from birth in a small Oklahoma town to current projects — the man was 86 and still had current projects! Tonight I answered the phone after hours to the news that he had died this afternoon. 

While you were sleeping...

After 2-5 months of hibernation, bears in the Juneau area will soon be getting up or are out of their dens already. Although hibernating, bears don’t necessarily sleep the entire time.  But, while in hibernation, they don’t need to eat or drink—a good evolutionary survival strategy during winter when food is scarce.  Long periods of inactivity seem normal to us when we think about bears, but what about humans?

While you were sleeping...

After 2-5 months of hibernation, bears in the Juneau area will soon be getting up or are out of their dens already. Although hibernating, bears don’t necessarily sleep the entire time.  But, while in hibernation, they don’t need to eat or drink—a good evolutionary survival strategy during winter when food is scarce.  Long periods of inactivity seem normal to us when we think about bears, but what about humans?

Spring Cross Country Skiing

Eighty minutes. That’s all the time it took Scott and me to go from our ordinary, everyday routine of work and home projects to a cross country skiing paradise.  One hour and twenty minutes of easy hiking on packed snow through the woods up the Spaulding Trail gave us full access to rolling, open meadows just begging to be skied and enjoyed. Sometimes the trip is faster, but we had all day so we were in no rush.

Season Wrap Up

            It seems like not too long ago that I was on an early morning flight from Portland to start a journey filled with high hopes as well as many unknowns. Today, I am on my way home, and while it doesn’t seem like it, it was nearly 7 months ago that my professional career began in Poland.

Happy 92nd Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is my father’s 92nd birthday.  Our birthday celebration will have to wait a couple more weeks because my dad is currently in Texas for a month, training field trial dogs with my stepmother.  If anyone feels well enough to be on a road trip in their nineties, more power to them!

March—A Green and Muddy Month

Jeremiah:  “Would you happen to know what month of the year it is?”

Bear Claw:  “No, I truly wouldn’t.  I’m sorry, pilgrim.”

Jeremiah: “March. Maybe, April.”

Bear Claw: “March maybe.  I don’t believe April.  Winter’s a long time going?  Stays long this high.  March is a green, muddy month down below.  Some folks like it.  Farmers mostly.”

Tour of Anchorage

Things were not looking good for me in the weeks leading up to the Tour of Anchorage.

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