Category Archives: Nature

People and Moose and Bears – Oh My!

It’s that time of year again: We are outside sprucing up the grounds, gardening, bike riding, and walking – and the moose and bears are on the move, too.

Cow moose frantically searching for her missing calf.

Moose will be dropping their calves for the next couple of weeks, sometimes right here in the neighborhood. Guess what? Bears are hungry, and baby moose are easy meals for them. Continue reading


To Hibernate or Not?

I just finished reading a short story called “The Sleep,” by Caitlin Horrocks, about a small town that hibernates for the coldest weeks of winter. I recommend the tale to all Alaskans–indeed, to anyone who endures the long dim days of snow and ice. Continue reading

Something in Common

It struck me just now as I returned from a short walk with the dogs that during a cold winter when we’re so bundled up that only our eyes show, we hearers have a surprising similarity to the deaf. Continue reading


Living close to the earth sometimes means doing without. We gardeners/hunters/gatherers talk so much about abundance that I think sometimes we give the impression that we’ve got everything we want. But that’s not the case. Continue reading

Mid-Summer Misgivings

It’s always about this time of year when I start feeling like summer is slipping away. May brings such promise, but then June can often be cloudy or downright rainy, Solstice has come and gone, and it won’t be long until a yellow leaf turns up here and there in the sea of green foliage. Continue reading

What the Sun Brought

May was sunny and warm this year, and almost overnight our world was once again lush. I recently took a wander around the yard to see what I could see… Continue reading