Jesus on the Mend

When did Jesus get so old? He fixes his watery blue eyes on mine, hoping for conversation as I lean him forward off a bank of pillows. He smiles and the wrinkles in his face tell the story of “us.” “I lost my iPad,” he reminds me. Blankets have swallowed it again. I follow a…

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…