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The librarian at Lathrop HS in Fairbanks, Joy Boyce, has established a reading group using The War Blog. I will be visiting the school on March 5 to speak to the students about the book and to show them photos of life in a Native village.


No Fences in Alaska — 2nd Novel


Black Rose Writing offered me a publishing contract on November 30, 2018 of this year for No Fences in Alaska. The book was released on June 27.


The Northern Lights Are Back!


Summer has left interior Alaska. Leaves are yellow and orange, fireweed and bunchberry are dark red, and the aurora has returned to the night sky. The first frost came a few nights ago, killing the marigolds and zucchini plants. The sunshine feels good during 60 degree days. No more bugs!

Fall colors in Glen Sobey's yard


Last Family Visits


By mid-August, our last family visits from the Lower 48 ended. Two grandkids ventured up here by themselves to go hiking, camping, boating, and kayaking, as well as paint rocks, a family tradition. Several white spruce in the yard are surrounded by flat rocks painted with amazing designs. Number two son and family took time off from the Navy and nursing school to hike and camp in Denali National Park. We plan to venture south in November.


Painted rocks under a tree


June 23 = New Puppy

We brought home an eight-week-old English Creme Golden Retriever from Montana on June 23 to join our almost two-year-old retriever and ten-year-old Pom mix. Already fifteen pounds at eight weeks, he has now grown to 45 lbs by 20 weeks. There is nothing prettier than these two white, fluffy dogs walking on a trail surrounded by fall colors.

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