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  • Labyrinth


    The world of teaching is a labyrinth without any apparent escape… Oh wait, May 18th is the last day of the school year and I am marking the days off the calendar in an obsessive way of escaping this dismal reality. Every day I am here, I praise my fellow teachers who have been hereContinue… Read more

  • Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan is an epic movie that depicts the horrors of World War II in a way that no other film has done. If you have not watched it, you need to. But this blog post is not about the movie, it’s about our family trip to Montana, reuniting with Savanna’s mother, and theContinue… Read more

  • Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Happy People: A Year in the TaigaDirectors: Dmitry Vasyukov, Werner Herzog Growing up in Alaska, I watched the documentary Alone in the Wilderness, dozens of times in boyhood admiration of Dick Proenneke and his unlimited resourcefulness. Proenneke comes to Alaska in his retirement, with money in the bank and a long list of skills. HeContinue… Read more

  • Mama MIA

    Does this title read Mama MIA (Missing in Action) or Mama Mia (my mother)? It’s truly hard to say and all dependent on who you ask. The last year of my life can be summed up by mostly one word…Mama. Before having children Bob and I wondered, how can we get more time? More timeContinue… Read more

  • Nerves: My First Book Signing

    Nerves: My First Book Signing

    Nerves be gettin’ the best of me. In one week I will be seated at a table covered in copies of Warflower in the entryway of Title Wave Bookstore in Anchorage, Alaska while three other authors sit at tables with their own books waiting for customers to approach to buy a book and ask forContinue… Read more

  • Her: A (Modern) Spike Jonze Love Story

    Her: A (Modern) Spike Jonze Love Story

    I avoided Her for a number of years for a number of reasons. The first being that I didn’t want to stare at close-up shots of Joaquin Phoenix for two hours, the second being that I don’t really love robot love-stories, the third being that the combination of both of those things made me thinkContinue… Read more