Monthly Archives: June 2017

Freedom Is In the Freezer: Subsistence Fishing for Halibut

Here’s a link to my essay “Freedom Is In the Freezer: Subsistence Fishing for Halibut,” published in the summer 2017 issue of Edible Alaska. The essay originally appeared on this blog back in October 2016, in slightly different form. Advertisements

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Evacuation Day

A single drumbeat, loud as a cannon shot, shakes the room. Everyone jumps, and a framed picture falls off a shelf. “We’re here!” somebody says, and we all laugh. With that powerful opening beat, and amidst the echo of laughter, … Continue reading

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No cloud touches the sky. Instead of summer fog and driving wind, the Bering Sea gives diamonds. Pup-sized, sun-bleached seal scapula lies at the top edge of the cliff. Bones go to the earth To the sea To the animals … Continue reading

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Thursday, May 18, 2017. It’s 3:35 pm and I am sitting on my twin-size bed in A-Dorm, trying to spend my afternoon off wisely. I already took an hour-long nap. I have been on St. Paul Island for eight days … Continue reading

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