Posted by: Bonnie & Hans | February 8, 2010

What We’re Reading

No Barnes & Noble. No local independent bookstore. No Kindle. We may be old fashioned, but we still like the feel and smell of a real book. We didn’t pack a lot of books along because we knew there was a school/community library housed in the school.

We decided to take advantage of the Alaska collection…

Honest Dogs

Hans is reading Honest Dogs by Brian Patrick O’Donoghue, a not-so-famous dog musher. We’ve been walking Matthew and Emma’s dogs and thinking about hitching them up to a sled. Such a waste of pulling power.Yesterday was the start of the Yukon Quest Dog Race and seeing that on TV makes us miss dog mushing.

Two Old Women

On the Edge of Nowhere

Bonnie re-read these two books, both set in the Interior. Two Old Women by Velma Wallis is based on an Athabascan legend of two old women abandoned during a terrible winter famine. On the Edge of Nowhere,  James Huntington’s memoir, begins with the story of his mother who walked 1000 miles in the winter to return to her family. Having the Yukon connections made the books even more interesting to read. No doubt about it, the folks who live here are tough.

Diamond Willow

Our friend, Helen Frost, taught in Telida and has authored numerous books and poems. Hans is currently reading this book to his students. Of course they’re enjoying it immensely; spontaneously reading the hidden message aloud; begging him to continue reading.

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Matthew gave this book to Bonnie for Christmas, and she’s learning to mix “wet” dough (no kneading), which is kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. When you want some fresh bread or pizza (when DON’T you want some of that?), simply whack off a chunk, pre-heat the pizza stone, shape, bake and eat. Yum!

On the Stone

The first of many

It wouldn’t seem right to be here and not read some Robert Service.

The Spell of the Yukon

“It’s the great, big, broad land ‘way up yonder,

It’s the forests where silence has lease;

It’s the beauty that thrills me with wonder,

It’s the stillness that fills me with peace.”


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Responses

  1. I enjoyed the tour of the library and seeing what you’re reading! Shall I take pictures of my books for school and send them to you? 🙂 It’ll be good to chat on the phone again soon. Thanks for the update. Much love.

  2. Oh, this was a delight, to see my book in such good company!
    Hans, let your students know that I’d love to hear their thoughts about Diamond Willow.

    You have my email, I think.

    Helen

  3. Also, have you read Blessing’s Bead, by Debby Dahl Edwardson? I think they’d enjoy that, too–it’s set in Bethel.
    Helen

  4. Let us probe the silent places,
    let us seek what luck betides us;
    let us journey to a lonely land I know.
    There’s a whisper on the night-wind,
    there’s a star agleam to guide us,
    And the Wild is calling, calling….let us go.

    stay warm…

  5. I’ve been using this basic bread recipe with two of the cups Nash’s whole wheat. At Nancy’s suggestion, I bake it the first half hour in a pre-heated covered dutch oven at 450 and ten – fifteen minutes uncovered. The bread is great. I love how easy it is and easy to fit into my schedule.

    Looks like you are doing well.


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