Tag: Alaska

The Spirit of Christmas

It was the early 1980’s.  That year, yet another new schoolteacher had moved into the modular housing unit that the school district had parked on skids behind the ramshackle log and plywood structure which served as the Moose Hole Community Center and Village Council… Continue Reading “The Spirit of Christmas”

Dream Apps

If I were the supreme commander of a highly advanced but malevolent alien race intent on conquering Earth, I wouldn’t just send in a fleet of starships and start blasting away with paratrethiconic quantum phased lithmogrium bursts.  Why, these primitive humans might not appreciate… Continue Reading “Dream Apps”

Terrible Tips

I don’t know why I’m such a sucker for the “handy tips” routine.  I should know better by now.  These insidious tips always appear to come from innocent appearing sources:  a cute e-mail from an old friend, a slightly damaged book on the discount… Continue Reading “Terrible Tips”

Road rage

I wish someone would pass a law making it illegal for anyone to own or operate a vehicle unless their name is identical to the one on my Driver’s License.  Although at first glance, that may seem a little extreme, I am convinced that… Continue Reading “Road rage”

Raul Pevere’s Ride

By George M. Hosier II  Listen my children and you shall hear Of the arctic ride of Raul Pevere, In middle of winter, of seventy-five; How the man did ever survive Is a secret we’ll never know, I fear.  He said to his wife,… Continue Reading “Raul Pevere’s Ride”

The Old Man and the White Filly

I used to read a lot when I was a kid.  Some of my favorite stories were about horses.  Ironically, Ernest Hemingway was one of my favorite authors.  I always resented the fact that Hemingway hadn’t written more about horses, and less about more… Continue Reading “The Old Man and the White Filly”

Vehicular Homicide

It gnaws at me the way a mouth full of canker sores feels when you’re eating a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips.  With each breath, I inhale the poisonous memories of treachery and betrayal.  The one I have taken in and cared… Continue Reading “Vehicular Homicide”

Hooding

The winter Olympics are commandeering a lot of news time lately.  It’s a great thing, competition and all.  Training hard, facing formidable odds, bringing home the gold for your country, abusing steroids—these are epic deeds and certainly newsworthy.  I don’t begrudge those spandex-wearing, ridiculously… Continue Reading “Hooding”

Blood Brothers

The Alaska State Birds seem to be extra friendly around my house this year.  Cute little fellows, aren’t they—and so musical too?  At least once a day I can’t resist being a captive audience to one of their concerts.  It fascinates me how tame… Continue Reading “Blood Brothers”

Where the Salmon Run Deep

Persistent rivulets of icy rainwater had breached the narrow gap between my shivering neck and my poncho collar.  Having slid inside, they were now gleefully chasing each other down the spinal causeway indented into the goose-bumped surface of my back.  Soon they would join… Continue Reading “Where the Salmon Run Deep”