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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.

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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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Writer’s Voice–Kelly’s first trip, by Ellie Henke

Sunday, May 25, 2014

 

Mountain guide Ellie Henke relates a humorous story about an interaction between a young climbing guide and the mule skinners in Argentina.

 

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Several years ago Kelly joined our expedition to climb Aconcagua, which is the highest mountain in the western hemisphere. With a summit just under 23,000 feet, Aconcagua is a big, dry mountain located near the western border of Argentina. Ah, Argentina!  Birthplace of the tango.  Land of the pampas.  Home of the gauchos.

Kelly was in her 30’s at the time. She had dark brown hair, a wide smile, and sparkling eyes. (more…)

Writer’s Voice–Birdathon 2014, by Robin Song

Sunday, May 18, 2014

 

Robin Song tells about her experiences during this year’s area birdathon.

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photos by Robin Song

 

As the May 2nd morning dawned clear and sunny, I knew we were in for another warm day. It had been an exceptionally warm, dry break-up, and I wondered what effect this would have on the annual spring migration. (more…)

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