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Diving into the Deep

The Race to Alaska is the Iditarod of the sea, a competition of speed, smarts, and survival in some of the most remote waters on Earth. And all with no motors. The women of team Sail Like a Girl won the race and made history. Read it here.


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.

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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.

Read it here.



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.


Further Reading