When my family was stationed at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska many years ago, people told me that I may have difficulty sleeping during the summer months because of the 24-hour daylight. They also mentioned that people often found themselves suffering from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) during the winter. I waited for these things to occur, … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: The Land of the Midnight Sun Solstice Festivities.
Let me begin by proclaiming a truth. My hairstylist knows EVERYTHING. I could live for another decade in Alaska and still wouldn't know everything there is to know about this state, but she would be the one to educate me. Thank you Liza. It was only three years ago that Liza told me about … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: Denali/229 Parks, Alaska.
This past week, I left part of my heart in Denver. The other part, of course, always belongs in San Francisco. The reason behind such comforting abandonment is that all of my three children are currently in Denver. My husband and I returned to Alaska--quite literally without a child in tow. Although, two of … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: Denver, Colorado.
How do I love thee? Let me give 22 reasons for every year of our marriage to explain to thee. 22. You have acquired the knack for reading labels on grocery items, and have become a connoisseur for choosing organic milk, and all organic products. 21. Who else would keep tabs when to change … Continue reading 22 Reasons.
I had been quite engrossed in my daily work at the office these days. This is the season in academia where we are ending the year with events, finals, and commencement. Where I work is no exception. My day job consists of juggling many balls in the air, and being cognizant of avoiding any … Continue reading A Grandfather’s Love.
Dinner The downtown area was once the entry of the many settlers who travelled up the river to trade goods. Those who made the decision to live in the land known as the last frontier were considered to be folks of the heartier kind ready for the adventure that life would throw at them. The … Continue reading The Year The Aurora Met The Sun: Chapter 2 (continued)..
Cold for Alaskans means it has to meet the -20 threshold. If it's above -20, many of us consider the weather not too bad. On Saturday, March 24th, the weather was somewhere between 20-30 above zero. A perfect day to be outside and for Fairbanksans to hold a rally in support of March For Our … Continue reading March In The Cold
If you were to ask my children what they remember most about our trips to Anchorage, they will tell you that it was always filled with soccer first, and then traditional activities: eating out at restaurants, and shopping. We'd drive the 6 hours down from Fairbanks, the RV packed with soccer gear and all the … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: Anchorage, Alaska
Truth 1: no one ever realized that the state of Alaska was sitting on a gold mine that didn't include gold. I was told at a peony class I sat in that a few scientists from Europe had visited Fairbanks, Alaska, and during that visit they had mentioned to some agriculturalist that Alaska was … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: Peony Loyalist
I appreciate a good morning. Most especially when the daily drive to work is greeted with a beautiful sky. I took this photo yesterday (March 8th) soon after I dropped my daughter off to school, and I had the International Women's Day on my mind. There were some news yesterday morning about the travesty … Continue reading Morning Drive