"The only people for me are the made ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles…" --Jack Kerouac
Recently, I began reading On The Road (the original scroll). I must say, Kerouac is a madman. The original scroll is completely unedited, as Kerouac sat writing, it was then published exactly as written. Many of us have read the edited version of On The Road. However, if you are a fan you should read the original scroll. It is fabulous to read it without the editing, without name changes, and exactly as Kerouac intended it to be. Read this if you are looking for something truly adventurous to read.
Also, there is a movie version of this book coming out this holiday season. I, personally, am excited to see it. There are some mixed reviews from fans of the book. But, check out the trailer for yourself.
This past year has been a wild adventure, and Pilot Point has been the central setting to that adventure. Our time here has been largely shaped by the people, and more specifically the other teacher and her husband. Unfortunately though, Melissa and Ben will not be staying in Pilot Point next year. This means that the secondary position at our school is open. I, of course, am anxious to see who will fill the role. Pilot Point is a wonderful little community, and I want the very best for our kids. It's hard to recruit good teachers for the bush, and it's harder still to recruit for such a small site. However, even though we are small, there are a lot of good things about teaching in Pilot Point.
Lake and Peninsula School District is one of the best rural districts in the state. LPSD is the third district I've taught for in my career, and it's the best by a mile. The benefits package is great. The administration is supportive, consistent, and easy to work with. There is v…
Alaska is still somewhat of a mystery to people in the Lower 48. It isn't a typical vacation destination or a place that children grow up wishing they lived in. With the surge of Alaska-affiliated reality shows over the last few years though the interest has really grown. I've found that a lot of people are interested in our lifestyle up here. I get asked a lot of questions both personally and through my blog about life in this beautiful state. These questions are what inspired my post today. So, without further adieu, here is my list of Alaskan pros and cons :) Pros
1.) Outdoorsy Lifestyle: If you love the outdoors and don't mind braving the elements, you can really have a good time with recreational activities. Hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, camping, ice climbing, rock climbing, etc. There is never a shortage of outdoor activities (year round). Hiking, climbing, and fishing have really shaped our personal lives, and helped us make really valuable connections with…
Winter has officially arrived on the Alaska Peninsula. The snow arrived about two weeks ago, and it seems set on sticking around for awhile. With the snow, comes the cold - and temperatures in the -20's have been making regular appearances. Despite the cold, winter has always been one of my favorite seasons. I love celebrating the holidays with my family, watching fresh snow quietly settle over the landscape, spending the afternoons ice skating on frozen lakes, and snowshoeing through the hills.
With winter in Alaska also comes the darkness. Sunrise is now at nearly 10am and sunset is at 4:45pm. The shortened days make me feel like a hibernating bear, sleepy and ready for a long rest. I'll admit that winter always makes me sleep more, which I don't mind at all. I also spend a lot more time indoors doing little projects, watching movies, cooking, and reading.
When the sun does show its face, I try my best to find my way out into it for awhile. After school, I rush out th…