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But Are You Happy?

I ask myself a lot of questions, every day. Am I hydrated? Am I well-rested? Am I on schedule? Am I being productive? This last question tended to get the better of me. "Productivity" meant, cleaning, walking the dog, partaking in hobbies that furthered my desired skills, working on this blog, exercising, or helping ...

Are We Ever Really Experts?

Are we ever really experts? Short answer: No. So now you can skip the rest of this blog post, since you're an expert on whether or not any of us is an expert. You big smarty-pants, you. I began to wonder on this question after visiting with a friend a while back. She told me about her adventures around Alaska, ...

The Foraging Season: Nettles

It probably seems strange to say that the foraging season is just now starting, since everyone down in the continental United States (aka "the lower 48") began picking through the woods for weeks already. But up here, winter has a way of overstaying its welcome, well into April and sometimes May. So instead of nettles ...

The Art of Making Stock 

Over the weekend, the clouds rolled in and I was feeling down. The blues hit me hard when I can't see the sun. At least, that's what I blame it on. It's tons of fun for the people around me, I swear. The culprit of my depression has been a combination of major life changes (planning a move and a wedding, neither of which have ...

Day Hikes From Anchorage

When people come to Alaska, it's usually for the natural beauty of the state. Although most fly into Anchorage for a day or two, they quickly want to get out into the real Alaska to explore. Nobody comes here so that they can stare at the chain restaurants and under-funded government buildings. My hometown is little more ...

The Ugliness of Change

It's called break up around here. I used to think it was because us Alaskans were "breaking up" with winter. Now I know that it refers to the breaking up of the ice on the ocean and the lakes. With break up comes grass, and sun, and blooming flowers. But it also comes with slush, and dog poop smell, and mud. Lots of ...

Adventures, And Other Springtime Activities

It's no secret that getting Moosie was, singe-handedly, the greatest decision I ever made (although I'll give The Fiance credit: he technically said yes first). She's persnickety, crochety, and she would rather get hit by a car than walk through a puddle. When she wants pets, she digs her claws into your skin and pulls. If ...