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Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Jem the Hen”, by Robin Song

Sunday, August 30, 2015
Robin and friendly redpoll

Robin and friendly redpoll

A little story from the Earth and Beyond archives,

about an unusual transformation in a Banty chicken’s life.

 

 

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Finally, I Be an Alaskan”, by Bill Was

Sunday, August 23, 2015

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For anyone following my blog – talkeetnatraces.com – you may have noticed my ‘public name’ has changed from ‘Newbie Alaskan’ to ‘Forever Alaskan’. Given it has now been two years since I pulled into the driveway of 15158 East Barge Drive with a 26’ U-Haul van in close pursuit I decided it was time. Long time Alaskans have told me that one is not a ‘real’ Alaskan until they’ve weathered at least two winters.

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Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Lost!”, part two, from Open to Entry, An Alaskan Adventure, by Kris Drumm

Sunday, August 16, 2015
Kris Drumm, 1972 photo by Dennis Brown

Kris Drumm, 1972 photo by Dennis Brown

 

This is the second part of a chapter called “Lost!”
from Kris Drumm’s as-yet unpublished memoir
“Open to Entry, An Alaskan Adventure”,
her experiences as a woman homesteading
north of Talkeetna in the 1970’s.

 

 

The story is read by Sandra Loomis.

 

By twilight the mining road faded out and the game trail went up toward the hills even farther away from the creek. Making camp, we chatted about what we saw today, wondering what the story was behind the cabin on what we named Grayling Creek.

The sky was a gray mass overhead with a chill in the air as we donned our packs the next morning at daybreak. The decision was made to head home before the brooding storm caught up with us.

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Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Lost!”, part one, from Open to Entry, An Alaskan Adventure, by Kris Drumm

Sunday, August 9, 2015
Kris Drumm, 1972 photo by Dennis Brown

Kris Drumm, 1972 photo by Dennis Brown

This is the first part of a chapter called “Lost!” from Kris Drumm’s as-yet unpublished memoir “Open to Entry, An Alaskan Adventure”, her experiences as a woman homesteading north of Talkeetna in the 1970’s. The story is read by Sandra Loomis. Kris currently lives on Long Island with her son Judah Mahay and his wife Lorien in order to help raise their son Cedric.

 

Our home was finally built. Sure it was a bit crude by modern standards but it was ours, so it had a dirt floor, we poured blood, sweat and many of my tears into.

Now that the hard work was done it was a good time to explore. September in South Central Alaska was known for clear beautiful skies and crisp cool weather. From up on the ridge where our cabin sat you saw a long ways out over the Susitna River, now that we had a hard frost and the leaves were covering the forest floor.

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Susitna Writer’s Voice–“You Can’t Leave!” from Open to Entry, An Alaskan Adventure, by Kris Drumm

Sunday, August 2, 2015
Kris Drumm, 1972 photo by Dennis Brown

Kris Drumm, 1972 photo by Dennis Brown

 

“You Can’t Leave” is an excerpt from Kris Drumm’s as-yet unpublished memoir “Open to Entry, An Alaskan Adventure”, her experiences as a woman homesteading north of Talkeetna in the 1970’s. The story is read by Sandra Loomis. Kris currently lives on Long Island with her son Judah Mahay and his wife Lorien in order to help raise their son Cedric.

 

 

Susitna Writer’s Voice–Ermine Hill Hike, by Robin Song

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ermine Hill Trail summit

Talkeetna resident Robin Song describes a long-awaited hike

in Denali State Park.

All photos by Robin Song

Several years ago my dogs and I hiked the Little Coal Creek trail up to Kesugi Ridge. While a bit strenuous, I remembered the view was spectacular, and I learned the names of alpine wildflowers and songbirds not found in our Talkeetna area, that day. I had vowed to hike the Ermine Hill Trail someday, knowing the view would also be glorious from there, as well.

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Susitna Writer’s Voice–Strawberries #2, by Alan Kingsbury

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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One of Alan Kingsbury’s essays on those luscious little fruits

that just about anyone can grow.

Here’s Strawberries #2, from Farmer Al’s Back Forty,

a regular radio segment in 2001,

which is when this was recorded.

 

Susitna Writer’s Voice–Shawoman, Big Mama, and Blue Moon Turtle, by Ellen Thea

Sunday, July 12, 2015

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Talkeetna performance poet Ellen Thea

reads her poems Shawoman, Big Mama, and Blue Moon Turtle.

She is accompanied by Dennis Ransy on percussion.

In the fullness of the moon,

in the fullness of her moon,

power whisper

not a word

or hair may catch fire

and burn.

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Susitna Writer’s Voice–In the Blink of an Eye, by Bill Was

Sunday, July 5, 2015

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In this week’s Writer’s Voice, Talkeetna blogger Bill Was

reflects on how a single unfortunate misstep

took him on a voyage of self discovery.

 

Across the past few months I’ve had more than enough time on my hands as I continue to heal from my severely fractured left radius and ulna. It has been almost fourteen weeks since that cloudy and cool March day when the simplest of missteps changed my current existence and set me off on a voyage of discovery. (more…)