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Author: Alison

Learning to Breathe

Learning to Breathe

Last month, my eldest son, Bjorn, turned 13.  I officially have a teenager! Each time this thought crosses my mind I try to remember to take a deep breath.  After thirteen years of parenting, I am convinced that taking a deep breath is the single most accessible and useful parenting tool. I did not learn about this tool in a parenting self-help book; it has been more of a revelation through a long and on-going process that began a little over…

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Jeremy Talks About Sled Dogs

Jeremy Talks About Sled Dogs

Last month my sister-in-law, Rhea, contacted me and asked if Jeremy would be interested in giving a talk to a room full of second graders at the elementary school where she serves as master librarian.  The subject would be sled dogs. His response?  “Does a one-legged duck swim in a circle?” The students, who were all studying dog mushing and the Iditarod, had a lot of great questions for Jeremy about dog care, training, his 2007 Iditarod run and if…

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Postcards from the Pause

Postcards from the Pause

Greetings! It’s been awhile since my last post and I have important news to share. For starters, I am writing from Knik, Alaska. Knik is a small community located about an hour north of Anchorage. Our family is settled in here for an undetermined amount of time.  Simply put, we are on sabbatical. I’ve spent a lot of time over the last month constructing this post because there is a lot to tell in order to explain how we got…

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❄️Happy Solstice❄️

❄️Happy Solstice❄️

Yesterday was officially the last day of fall and I thought I would send off my wishes for a happy holiday with a collection of photos from our autumn here on the farm.     September: Ushering in the Autumn What better way to usher in the spirit of autumn than with a squirrel.  At the end of August, a squirrel moved in under our outhouse.  We could hear it under the floorboards everytime we visited the throne.   At…

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

One morning this fall, I woke up to a moose in my yard. This is a fairly common occurrence in Alaska. Even in the metropolitan area of Anchorage you can easily find a moose blocking your morning commute any day of the week.   Back in September, our neighbor down the road phoned one evening to let us know she had a bull moose in her yard. (That explained why my dogs had been barking.)  So I wasn’t surprised to…

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A Match Made in McCarthy

A Match Made in McCarthy

I have been asked many times over the years how my husband, Jeremy, and I met and how long we courted. (Wow, did I just use the word “courted”?  Hold on a moment while I pull up my rocking chair.)   Courted is really too soft a word for the events that ensued when Jeremy and I took interest in one another.  As it turned out, or unusual first date typified what was to come in the following months and years…

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