Call of Greed

The God of the Bible has skillfully sewn timeless principles into many Alaska legends. In Native culture, inspiring lessons stitch children to their heritage. Often anthropologists overlook the craft that touches the hearts of Native peoples, but we hear an echo of God’s counsel in their stories. One tale guides us to the Biblical principle…

Where’s the Lede?

I worked at the Anchorage Times for about three years. Alaska statehood pioneer Bob Atwood published the newspaper, and his staff kicked out three-to-five editions a day. At the Times, a newspaper headline summarized the content of a story as succinctly as possible. A copy editor would proof a reporter’s story and often write and…

Misfits

Misfits. It takes one to know one, and that’s how Ward knew that Morey was a misfit too. Morey was a year younger than Ward, and Ward rolled his eyes whenever Morey followed him down the school breezeway. Ward wished he knew a way of being friends WITH Morey without being embarrassed BY Morey. Decisions that…

Swarming Warnings

Two young women felt something like insects swarming in their clothing as they hiked Rainbow Mountain near Anchorage. At Rainbow Mountain’s crest, Yvonne brushed away cobwebs from her face. She stopped by a boulder that was shaped like a giant thumb—and it seemed to be humming like a hive. Yvonne’s hiking partner, Ruth, swatted at…