“Call On Me…”

Smiling at our noisy toddler in the front pew, our beloved (and tolerant) Pastor Parks often imparted a proverb that has stuck in our minds like glue to glitter. “Our God is so slow, but he’s always on time,” he said. Over the past 40 years, my wife and I have remembered and shared this…

Father of Fathers

I studied my Dad’s lanky silhouette in the moonlight behind our old red barn. He squatted down on the pasture grass, and the ember from his cigarette glowed orange as he rested his hand on a knee. I had no idea what was coming.

Sockeye Wildfire

The 7,220-acre Sockeye wildfire in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough near Willow destroyed 55 Alaska homes. Forty-four other properties sustained major damage to structures like greenhouses, sheds, and outhouses (InciWeb). Heavy equipment operators continue to heap twisted steel roofing, appliances, and other house debris into piles. For many, the rubble is wistful remains of their hard-won Alaskan…