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Where are the men?

We have been here so many times before. Violence against women is rampant in our state. Violence against women has been rampant in our state forever. Violence against women is an epidemic not unlike Covid, only putting on a mask doesn’t do anything for it except to hide some of the bruises.

It seems as though we go through cycles where we talk about this problem, bemoan its ubiquity in our state and then move on without ever actually seeing any resolution. What seems even more amazing than the dull roar of this repeated lament is the fact that money Continue reading →

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Respecting Don Young

I expect it from Lisa Murkowski. But Don Young? C’mon, Don. How am I supposed to react to you finally doing something I admire and respect? It just seems wrong, so very, very wrong, for me to think of you with any degree of admiration. Yet that’s exactly what I find myself doing.

Here we are, watching the Republican National Party calling the January 6, 2021 uprising legitimate political discourse and it’s our very own Don Young who, along with Lisa, is calling that idea dog do-do. Given that legitimate political discourse rarely involves police deaths and pooping in the

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We are the elderly

Just as I thought to myself how well I was doing old age, old age reached out and slapped me in my face for my hubris. Within the past six months, it has slammed me with a heart attack, multiple fainting episodes, open heart surgery and vision diminished so badly I can no long drive.

Yep, welcome to the golden years.

All thoughts of independence have gone down the tubes. All thoughts of how amazing an old lady I am have been permanently squashed. And after two years of this blankety-blank pandemic, even a crusty old loner like my reputation Continue reading →

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All the old men

So I’m guessing that we can all agree that 2021 was no better than 2020 in most regards. We started off with an assault on our democracy and ended with a whole new covid variant. What could possibly be worse than that? Well, hold on to your hats, folks, because Biden announced he will run for president in 2024 in a breathless rematch between him and he whose name I shudder to mention. Yep, that’s right. For America’s next presidential election, we will be seeing a rematch of the two oldest, whitest men in America. What could be more frightening? Continue reading →

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Holidays, family, friends

There is a line in the old TV show, Will and Grace, that I’ve always loved and thought should be heard by every Alaskan who has left their familiar world to search for their own truth here.

“There’s the family you are born into and the family you choose.”

A lot of us here in Alaska come from elsewhere. And if you live in Alaska, elsewhere is always far away. So we gather around us people who become our chosen family to fill in the gaps caused by the absence of our birth family. Sometimes we find out that our Continue reading →

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Duct tape fixes

I recently caused a friend to almost spit food out her nose while laughing after I told her how I fixed my cabinet knobs. For context, I arrived here 50 years ago and was part of the Alaska that couldn’t always get what it needed to fix stuff. So, ingenuity was a prized quality to have when you needed to get your skidoo going again while you were on the tundra in 40 below weather with just duct tape and hope.

(By the way, as an Alaskan who likes to avoid unnecessary conflict, I will be spelling it as “duct” Continue reading →

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Maybe I’m the only one

When I saw Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris sitting together behind Biden at the State of the Union address, it brought tears to my eyes. I grew up in a world where women couldn’t open a bank account without a man’s approval. And now one man was standing there with his back protected by two of the baddest ass women in this world.

It’s a day I never thought would happen. And if it did happen, I assumed I’d be long dead. But with two women in charge, I finally have some hope that we really can right this ship Continue reading →

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Mask reveal

Once the worse of the pandemic passed, some friends and I started to gather weekly to laugh, eat and amuse each other. It was just like before the pandemic but not quite because it was happening in a big empty room in my house that allowed for safe distancing. Also, everyone brought snacks individually wrapped so we could eat and visit – our two favorite things in the whole world.

Because we are all of a certain age, we received our covid vaccinations around the same time and so hit the two weeks past the second shot stage all at Continue reading →

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My days are such

My days of lounging are such that even one appointment can throw my whole schedule off. I mean, is it morning? Afternoon? Evening? How am I supposed to know which shows I should be watching if I don’t know what time of the day it is? Can I have more Snapple tea with caffeine or is it time to switch to Crystal Light? Again, how can I possibly know when an appointment in the middle of my lounging throws everything into chaos.

If it weren’t for my dogs who know exactly when dinner should be served, my whole day would Continue reading →