How to be a tourist

Juneau by flight

This week's last and final episode of Top Chef set in Juneau had two sections: one set on top of the ice field (the place in the mountains from which all the various glaciers flow) and one set at the Governor's Mansion. It was a lovely episode. One of the things I really enjoy about this show is the beautiful incidental photography - every city they film looks its best and Juneau was no different. Many of the images the show captured were shots of cruise ships docked down the Gastineau channel, … [Read more...]

When one’s home shows up on television

Juneau, Alaska, By Gillfoto (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

Are any of you fans of Bravo's tv show, Top Chef? I am. I love it. It might seem a strange question here, except for the fact that this week's episode was filmed in Juneau, my home land, and the previous episode was filmed on a cruise ship sailing up the Inside Passage. (Next week's episode will also be filmed in Juneau.)I'd heard that the show was filming in town last summer. Several of my friends saw the filming crews. I've been anxiously awaiting these episodes. How many people would … [Read more...]

The problem of Imbolc

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Today is the Celtic Sabbat/festival/holy day/celebration of Imbolc. Traci wrote a great post about it yesterday; I recommend it for those that want to know more about the word and its origins, as well as the Irish experience of it.I've never felt all that connected to this spoke on the great wheel of seasonal observances. While I feel connected to all things Celtic, I don't know much of the history, and there's so much to know! I wasn't raised in an Irish or Celtic diaspora family (my … [Read more...]

Waiting for spring

Chehalis Western Trail, photo courtesy of Regan House Photo

I've found a new trail to walk and learn: the Chehalis Western Trail, 21 miles of paved over railroad, cutting through unincorporated land and through two towns. It doesn't have the magic that I feel at Mclane, but it's peaceful, quiet, and new.I've gotten out and about a little bit more in the last two weeks than I have in a while. I'm looking for signs of spring, signs of the shift to brighter days. I love winter. I love that we're in the thick of the quiet and the cold, but this … [Read more...]

Land as Lover

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David Abram, in his amazing book The Spell of the Sensuous, talks about geography as a container. More than just mountains that enclose or fields that spread out, land shapes our views of the world, our experiences with future places, how we perceive time and seasons, how communities function, and how we relate the non-human world. I see this so clearly from my own upbringing in Juneau, Alaska. It has so profoundly shaped me that, even though I’ve not lived there for a decade, I still consider my … [Read more...]

10 things to look forward to in 2013

By Aaron Fulkerson (http://www.ninje.com) (en:Image:MountRainierEastTrail arf.JPG) [CC-BY-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

It's a new year. I'm not much for resolutions, but I do like to set intentions for the year. What's the difference? Resolutions feel like ways to set myself up for failure. This list contains things I can look forward to. So, here are ten things I am looking forward to seeing/doing/experiencing in western Washington in 2013.Some of these are simple enough to do. Some require some serious family planning. Some will easily connect me to that sense of place I crave. With others I run the risk … [Read more...]

Finding the magic

Salmon swimming upstream; all photos courtesy of Everyday Life Magic.

Even though I've been in Olympia for a year I feel as though I've hardly explored any of it. Having two small children makes it tough. Sure, I take them out with me, but attempting a two mile walk can take close to two hours with them! However, thanks to a new friend here I have discovered the magic of the Mclane Creek Nature Trail. There's an easy, flat trail that loops around a small lake, with lots of ducks and beaver dams. The western side of the trail has a stream where salmon fight to … [Read more...]


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