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Winter Black-capped Chickadee

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Fish Lake morning

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Posts from the 'Susitna Writer’s Voice' category

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“The Cheapening of American Culture”, by Bill Was

Sunday, April 24, 2016

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An opinion piece by Talkeetna blogger Bill Was about the presidential campaign and polarized political culture, as portrayed by the mainstream media.


As this hellishly long election process grinds painfully to its conclusion I, for one, am both disgusted and exhausted by the process! Not only has it already been underway for more than a year but the overall atmosphere of the campaign continues to mine new levels of repugnance and revulsion. Civility is nowhere to be found nor is a substantive discussion of truly pertinent topics like the economy, terrorism, immigration and entitlement reform. Instead, the candidates of both parties would rather bait each other with abhorrent personal attacks. (more…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming

Monday, April 18, 2016

Kathleen for StarDate



The night sky in April: Our full moon, the planets and stars that the moon visits this week, the Lyrid meteor shower, and the lack of true darkness already(!), and an explanation of the different categories of twilight.





Correction from Kathleen:  “Nature called at 4 am Monday morning.  The bright planets Saturn and Mars were the only objects visible through the twilight, about 10 degrees above the south south east horizon.  Contrary to what I said on this week’s StarDate Susitna, Saturn and, to its right, reddish Mars were easy to identify.”

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“That Which Lurks Under the Cellar Stairs”, and “The Pitfalls of a Seven-Year Old in Love”, by Terrence Johnson

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Terrence Johnson

Two short stories about his childhood that Terrence wrote and recorded.



I grew up to the age of nine, in the fine old home which still stands at 28th and Cedar in Minneapolis Minnesota. It had once been a single-family home, a doctor’s residence, but has since been subdivided into apartments of diminished prestige. Our family resided on the main level, with my bedroom in the part which had once been an entryway. The home had old cast-iron radiators, which banged in the night and scared the daylights out of me.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“True 21st Century Heroes”, by Bill Was

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Canine Snowplows

Talkeetna blogger Bill Was

relates how recent experiences

with chronic pain helped him

empathize with others.


After having lived what, in hindsight, was an insanely healthy life across my first 61 years I was ill-prepared when aging finally caught up with me. Sadly, I had come to take good health for granted and, as such, was not at all ready to deal with what was headed my way. (more…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Not Your Ordinary Milk Cow”, part 2, by Maureen Chambrone

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Maureen and manicotti



Part one of this story left off in the middle of a long chase on a big ranch in Mexico, trying to catch up with Missy the Corrientes cow so Maureen could milk her, in a dedicated pursuit of homemade mozzarella cheese.

At this point Brandon came along on Rosie and we both rode down to the lower pasture to try and herd Missy back. She was hellbent to not get milked or, at least, hellbent to keep this exciting game going on. She broke into a gallop and Rosie and Spot followed suit, really getting into the chase. This was way more exciting than just standing around eating grass!   But Missy snubbed us all and jumped another fence into the horse pasture. (more…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Not Your Ordinary Milk Cow”, by Maureen Chambrone

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Maureen as a witch

Maureen as a witch





It was fall of 2006 and, for as much as I wanted to finish my almost done cabin in Talkeetna, I just had to escape. A huge log chipping operation was going on well within hearing distance of what had been a semi remote and peaceful place for me. I could not bear listening to the BEEP!   BEEP! BEEP! of backing up semis and logging equipment and the 24 hour drone in the distance where I once had heard silence. So I went to Mexico.

I found an ad in The Caretaker Gazette for a caretaker needed on a 17,000 acre ranch in a remote part of the Sierra Madres. After minimal e-mailing where I told about myself in just a few sentences, Cindy, the co-owner of the ranch, had accepted me. “I just had a hunch about you,” she told me later.


Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming

Monday, March 7, 2016

Kathleen for StarDate

In addition to info about what you can see in the night sky,

Kathleen talks about solar eclipses,

including the one happening this coming Tuesday, March 8th, in the afternoon.

Alaskans with the right equipment will get to see a partial eclipse, just a nibble.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Scientific Truth vs. Political Agendas”, by Bill Was

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Canine Snowplows

An essay by Talkeetna resident Bill Was,

from his blog at talkeetnatraces.com

In the wake of the UN sponsored meetings in Paris covering climate change once again the ‘news’ – and I use this term very loosely – is abuzz with the gamut of views from outright denial to fanatical following. I concur that the earth’s climate appears to be warming but I remain very unsure as to what part human beings have played in this scenario especially as versed with how much of this change stems from some naturally occurring geologic pattern or meteorologically based shifts.


Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Kathleen for StarDate

What’s coming up in the night sky,

how we measure time,

and why we need a leap day.