Courage Before the Thaw
In Alaska, climate change isn’t abstract. It’s personal. Over the course of a year, I spoke with Alaskan mothers, grandmothers, Native elders, commercial fishermen, scientists, firefighters and other women whose lives are altered by warming temperatures.
This essay appears in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Scholar alongside beautiful photographs by Anchorage-based photographer Ash Adams. Read it here.
A Fleeting Resource: In Praise of the Deep Cold
When I originally moved to Alaska, 24 years old and with a boyfriend I had
no specific long-term plans with, my mother didn’t try to stop me. But she
had experience enough to warn me.
Named one of 100 notable essays of the year by Best American Essays 2018, this essay was anthologized in This is the Place: Women Writing About Home, which the New York Times called “far-reaching and compelling.” You can buy the book from Powell’s or Amazon and read the essay here.
Raising Girls of the Natural World
Children are our field guides to curiosity. They hold the maps of the imagined world.
I wrote this essay for REI, as part of their Force of Nature initiative. Read here.
Grit is kind of a fashionable word these days that refers to a sort of stick-to-itiveness for reaching big goals. Lael Wilcox has it. And between her own cycling adventures, she’s helping middle school girls get grittier too. From Arches Winter 2018.
Wading Back Into the Muck of Life
Where I grew up, just out of earshot of the Beltway, spring revolved around our neighborhood pond where green globs of frog eggs entranced me. They held potential. Read more.
“Paula, Ann and the Octopus” in Edible Alaska Fall 2017
Northern Lights Column at The American Scholar
“Climate Refugees: How Alaska is Coping with Global Warming” in The Economist April 6, 2017
“Why I Live Where I Live” in Alaska Dispatch News, January 21, 2017
“Growing Farmers: Tunnel Vision in the Chilliest State” in The Economist, August 27, 2016
“Wiki-Fishing” in The Economist April 7, 2016.
“Murre Mystery” in The Economist January 28, 2016 Economist story.
“Kiss Snowy Alaska Winters Goodbye” in Alaska Dispatch News, January 3, 2016