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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 – StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Flemming 12-11-16

Monday, December 12, 2016


In this episode of Susitna Writer’s Voice, SatrDate Susitna, host Kathleen Fleming talks about mercury, the moon appearing very close to a bright star, the Geminid meteor shower, and the “long night moon”.

Susitna Writer’s Voice – Paint The Sky With Stars by Bill Was

Monday, December 5, 2016

“Oh My God, it’s full of stars”… These were David Bowman’s last words as he moved toward the monolith orbiting Jupiter at the end of Arthur C. Clarke’s classic work – “2001: A Space Odyssey”. I loved this work, as well as many written by Mr. Clarke, and I’ve never forgotten that incredulous statement made by Dr. Bowman as he was being prepared to ‘enter’ the monolith. Flash forward to these past few weeks in south central Alaska and the amazingly clear nights we’ve experienced; living semi-rural I’ve been able to view the only recently returned dark night skies virtually every night across the past few weeks and they have been spectacular!


Susitna Writer’s Voice – StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Flemming 11-27-16

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Kathleen for StarDate

On this episode of StarDate Susitna,

Kathleen Fleming talks about seasons on Mars, the New Moon, a non-zodiac constellation and planets visible in the evening and morning skies.

Susitna Writer’s Voice – Accommodating Aging by Bill Was

Friday, November 18, 2016

In a way I feel profoundly unqualified to write this piece, for although I am 63 years of age, I am continually discovering just how ill-prepared I am for my advancing years. In hindsight, I largely behaved as though I was ’18 and invincible’ until a foolish misstep on March 27, 2015 yielded a severely fractured left radius and ulna and forced me to recognize my own mortality. Thirty eight thousand dollars and some major orthopedic surgery later I began to learn just how unprepared I was for life as a sexagenarian.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming 11-13-2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


The program covers the Full Moon of November, the Leonid meteor shower, and other astronomical events.

This image shows typical “Super” and “Mini” moons in a single year.
This week’s perigee moon was slightly bigger.
NASA illustration.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–Stories of Portugal (part 2), by Karon Jahn

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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15,000 miles of travel in Europe without an itinerary

yielded many stories.

Here are some from a favorite country.

Karon begins part 2 as she leaves the Algarve Coast.



Seeking a more Portuguese flavor, I boarded a train north to Aveiro. Only the locals in Lagos seemed to know the town, verifying for me that my western European dinner companions had not seen much of Portugal. I was told to eat the Ovos moles, where chocolate takes on a whole new meaning of flavor. And buy the salt scrub.

So I headed north again, this time staying on the Atlantic coast. I arrived a bit south of Porto. Aviero lives up to its title of “Portuguese Venice.” It is a working community of canals and boats, with a nod to tourism. Two months later I spent a few days in Venice, Italy and decided that I liked Aviero better. Why? Because I discovered Aviero’s prolific use of Azulejo blue tiles, its ever present cathedrals whose bells rang merrily each hour on Sunday, Art Nouveau buildings around every corner, and a music store hidden in a small plaza blasting Fado.


Susitna Writer’s Voice–Stories of Portugal, (part one), by Karon Jahn

Sunday, October 23, 2016


15,000 miles of travel in Europe without an itinerary

yielded many stories.

Here are some from a favorite country.

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Last February, I sat shivering in a taxi on a cold morning as the driver asked me “a donde quieres ir?” He’d thoughtfully spoken in Spanish, as that was the language I’d used when I slid, gratefully, into the warmth of his backseat. Thirty minutes earlier I’d jumped off the train, tote slung over my shoulder, and marched purposely through the small station in Evora Portugal. In my search for early morning coffee I’d barely noticed the exquisite blue-tile murals or the lone taxi. Failing my quest, I’d returned to the train station, the only constant in my 90 days of travel with no itinerary. Staring out the window, and for the first time in my life, I answered the question all taxi drivers ask stating: “I have absolutely no idea.” He smiled, and replied in perfect English: “I will drop you in front of the Tourist Information Center.”


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

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Kathleen for StarDate

The night sky over the Susitna Valley:

its waning moon,

what to expect with this week’s Orionid meteors,

where to see the stars of the summer triangle, and more.




Susitna Writer’s Voice–Jessa’s First Canoe Trip, by Robin Song

Sunday, October 9, 2016



Jessa the banty hen had been part of my family for almost four months, and was doing splendidly with the dogs and my other birds, so I decided she was ready for her first canoe trip. She’d already been to Hatcher Pass twice with me and my two dogs-”Lyra” and “Darby”- and on several short hikes in the Talkeetna area. She had bonded nicely with us and I thought it was time to see how she’d do in a canoe, which requires a substantial amount of trust. You don’t want a hen panicking while out in a canoe with two dogs.