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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

Full Circle Follow-up

Since I posted last about trying some Full Circle Farm produce, I’ve had mixed results with what I’ve received. A couple of items have gotten frosted in transit and got soft spots right away. Bunches of greens are smaller than I expected. In last week’s box, the spinach came wrapped with a twisty-tie that says “Produce of Mexico,” although the packing slip says it’s from “California Growers.” I’ve emailed Full Circle to see why the discrepancy and am awaiting a reply.

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Full Circle Farm: Alaska’s Friend or Foe?

For a few weeks this winter, I’m trying some organic produce from Full Circle Farm, a Washington-based outfit that provides CSA service in that state, Oregon, California, and Alaska. Since I’m also involved in the Alaska Food Challenge, and my personal goal is to eat more Alaska-grown veggies this year, this might seem like a contradiction. Time will tell, but so far, I’ve been nothing but pleased with my first two orders from Full Circle–with both the food and the customer service. And those cravings for fresh produce are persistent! 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

Making Moose Liver Braunschweiger

Moose liver

Yes, the photos look gross. But the finished product, moose liver braunschweiger, tastes delicious! I’d tried some a friend had a couple of years back and wasn’t crazy about it, so when my husband announced he wanted to try making it, I wasn’t overly enthusiastic. Continue reading