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