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Writer’s Voice–Building an Alaskan life: A decade to cherish, by Katie Writer

Sunday, July 27, 2014

This article by

Talkeetna pilot and mother Katie Writer

  was published this month

in Aviation for Women magazine.

(Text and photos follow audio, 12 min 37 sec)

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 Earlier this year I hit the ten-year mark of moving to Alaska for my first flying job. I recall the unknown of a new adventure being somewhat daunting. As a newly certified flight instructor, the responsibility of teaching others how to fly floatplanes in Alaska required professionalism beyond the years of flight training. Thinking back, I could have easily been stalled by fear of the unknown. (more…)

Writer’s Voice–The Secrets of the Lilac Tree, by Robin Song

Sunday, July 20, 2014

It was a great year for lilacs in the area,

and while admiring the blooms,

Robin Song was surprised by what else she found.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On a warm, sunny summer afternoon I was drawn to the lilac tree in the nursery. It’s several years old, now, tall, and magnificent when in full bloom. It’s blooms are a lovely shade of pinkish-lavender, and intoxicatingly fragrant. (more…)

Writer’s Voice–Psycho squirrel, by Ellie Henke

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The story of a squirrel who was…nuts, written and voiced by Talkeetna resident Ellie Henke. Text follows the ten minute audio piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An outburst of chattering and scolding erupts from a nearby spruce tree. “Yeah, yeah, yeah. . . . tell somebody who cares!” I shout back. Obviously the squirrel doesn’t care what I think and continues to read me the riot act.   Ah, squirrels!  Ya gotta love ‘em.   Or do you?  Attitudes toward squirrels are definitely a mixed bag.  People in my own neighborhood are a perfect example. (more…)

Writer’s Voice–On My Way to the Apocalypse, by Ellen Thea

Sunday, July 6, 2014

 Ellen Thea reads from her small-book-length

poem, On My Way to the Apocalypse.

The illustrated poem book is available from her,

and from Dancing Leaf Gallery in Talkeetna.

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It was December 21, 2012.

I was on my way to the apocalypse,

minding my own business,

when a funny thing happened….

 

Scotty beamed me up.

 

A Mayan madman jumped out in front of me

and shouted, “Fooled ya!”

 

Meanwhile, a bluebird started singing

loudly, madly, badly, out of tune, off key

while a monarch butterfly spiraled around me

and a fairy danced up a blade of grass.

(more…)

Writer’s Voice–The Education of a Novice Packrafter, by Willi Prittie

Sunday, June 29, 2014

 

 

Talkeetna resident and wilderness adventurer Willi Prittie remembers two unforgettable learning experiences on fast-flowing water, one with friends on a warm desert river, the other on a cold flooded creek in Southcentral  Alaska. Audio is 15:27.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Writer’s Voice–Summer is Here, by Robin Song

Sunday, June 22, 2014

 

 

 

Robin Song observes which birds are about, and which species seem to be scarce this spring and early summer, and encourages everyone to slow down and take in the fleeting season. Audio is about 6 minutes. Text follows photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                                                              photos by Robin Song

May, as we all remember, was exceptionally hot and dry. It felt like we had skipped spring and had gone straight into summer. Then, thankfully, June brought rain and cooler temps. Leaves unfurled and the grass grew. Soon everything took on the lushness of summer, and began to look normal. But the unusual spring meant an unusual bird migration. Some of the birds which come to the ranch to raise their families didn’t arrive. (more…)

Writer’s Voice–The Run for Women, by Sondra Porter

Sunday, June 15, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trapper Creek resident Sondra Porter tells why the Alaska Run for Women has become an  important marker of the season for her. Text follows audio.

 

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I love this time of year. There are special markers of what I call “post spring” that I anticipate each year.  I rely on the familiar cycles.   I rejoice at the nesting birds, the first buds on my wild roses, green sprouts pushing up through garden soil.  For a while I am even happy to see the weeds returning—dandelions, nettles, horsetail.  I get over that fairly quickly. (more…)

Writer’s Voice–Schizophrenogenesis, by Ellen Thea

Sunday, June 8, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talkeetna performance poet Ellen Thea voices Schizophrenogenesis. The text of the poem follows the audio.

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SCHIZOPHRENOGENESIS

by Ellen Thea Berger

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Women, men, children slashed

by wire hangers in back rooms,

denied the just reward

of sweet fruit of

breasts and hips and thighs.

We’ve kissed the beast,

made love and bargains with the beast,

blamed men who couldn’t tame the beast,

who also sacrificed

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to darkmouth Molech beast,

devouring soul monster,

inferno built on plastic,

silver and copper discs,

green slips of barter burning

what’s important

to importance.

  (more…)

Writer’s Voice–The Trapper Creek AMC Eagle, by Peter Mathiesen

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Talkeetna resident Peter Mathiesen reads a chapter from his book Tales of the Alaska State Troopers, to be published this fall.  This is the story of the unfolding events that happened during the twelve hours after Dan Valentine, a wildlife trooper, got a call from a guy called Gator, about some explosives in the back of a junk AMC Eagle.  Trapper Creek residents will remember this night…

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