Sarah Palin: Yeah, I’m Going There

August 31, 2008

Filed in: Alaska, The Way We Live Now

UPDATE: And the New York Times weighs in on the same topic. Only with, like, more reporting and analysis and stuff like that.

Normally I don’t wade into political waters, especially when so vastly many other writer/bloggers are already peeing in that pool, but as the writer of the definitive...

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Doesn’t fish. Isn’t a cat.

August 02, 2008

Filed in: Alaska, The Way We Live Now

A couple of years ago I was walking Pip on a really dank and gray November morning. We crossed the culvert at the end of our street where a little stream trickles into the mighty Swellville river (that’s a joke—the river flows so slowly it’s legally in danger of losing its status as a moving body...

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Greasy Bits

July 16, 2008

Filed in: Alaska, The Way We Live Now

You cannot travel to the 49th State, even the supposedly “pristine” parts where the machinery is not in eyesight, without feeling the sludgey sloosh of Big Oil beneath the workings of nearly everything that goes on.

I would never presume as a tourist to try and explicate the complicated and...

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Coming Out of the Country

July 06, 2008

Filed in: Alaska

Yes, the title is a play on John McPhee’s brilliant Coming into the Country, which I am about halfway through and will someday reagle/bore you with my thoughts on (I know that’s not quite 100 percent good grammar, but bear with me—I’m typing in the dark next to my snoring family). “In to the...

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Da Bears

July 05, 2008

Filed in: Alaska

OMG you guys we did it! We went on our bear safari and we survived—we survived the tiny, rattly little Piper Cub flying mere feet above the towering cliffs and angry gray ocean and huge threatening clouds of Cook Inlet, we survived the landing-on-the-sand business, and we survived seeing lots of...

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