Graduation and the Keeping of A Tender Distance

It’s been a several years since the release of A Tender Distance: Adventures Raising My Sons in Alaska. I was recently sitting around a table with three other women whom I’d just met, and they asked me what the book was about. I explained that I wrote the book when my two sons were nearing…

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Dec 2010 – A Season for Exchanging

I asked my 3-  and 5-year-old grandsons, Elias and River, recently what they most like about Christmas. They both chimed in “Presents!” Fair enough. The first thoughts of two little boys waking up on Christmas morning – hearts thumping with excitement – is to discover what’s waiting under that gift-bearing tree.  And while most of us of…

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Nov 2010 – The Thing About Thelma

I owe Thelma an apology. As camp cook, sometimes-vet, and general hand at Jim & Lori Kedrowski’s camp in the Brooks Range, I learned that mules are different from horses. While that might be stating the obvious, it was also where the misunderstanding began. My task for the day was to deliver horse feed to…

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Oct 2010 – Penguins & Etiquette and Sheep Camp

As camp cook at Jim and Lori Kedrowski’s hunting camp in the Brooks Range this fall, I had the rare opportunity to live and breathe in one of the most remote and mystical places on earth. The landscape defies description, even by Alaska standards. North of the Arctic Circle, these mountains are stark and vast.…

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July 2010 – Sharing our Backyard Splendor

I was out walking the dogs in my neighborhood the other day when I saw a woman standing in the middle of the road taking pictures, one after the other, of Hiland Mountain. “I’m here visiting my daughter,” she said. Then, gesturing to the mountain she said, “We don’t have anything like that in Wisconsin.”…

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