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The Hurricane Turn

I RODE THE ALASKA RAILROAD from Anchorage to Fairbanks in the early Seventies to get to the University of Alaska. It took a minimum of twelve hours, because the train would stop what seemed like every five minutes to let off a hunter, or pick up a fisherman, or drop off supplies for a homesteader,…

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from the eleventh Kate Shugak novel

“Sit still,” Dinah said, yanking Kate’s head around by a fistful of hair. “Ouch!”  Kate, wedged into Katya’s high chair, muttered something beneath her breath. “Stop whining,” Dinah said, no sympathy in face or voice.  “It wasn’t my idea to give you a crew cut.” “It’s not a crew cut.” “It might as well be. …

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The statue of a Greek archer, found in the temple of Aphaia on the island of Aegina, just offshore of Athens. The temple was built circa 600 BC. This statue is a 3D printed copy of the original and painted to what they think it looked like back then. –currently on display at the “Chroma”…

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from the tenth Kate Shugak novel

ONE Niniltna, June 25 “Lots of spirits all over, this year,”They whisper.    —A Quick Brush of Wings, Mary TallMountain They would argue later about when it all began, perhaps with the death in July, or maybe the meeting in Washington, D.C. the month before, or even with the fall of the Berlin Wall in…

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I didn’t even know what the Sheep Camp ranger meant when she told us the pass was a class three rock scramble.

What the HELL was I thinking? —entry from Happy Camp log, Chilkoot Trail I WASN’T GOING TO let anyone rush me. I wasn’t going to let me rush me. I was going to take it one foot at a time, one boulder at a time. I was going slow, I was going careful, I was…

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