Browsing All posts tagged under »salmon«

Mom’s Day

May 29, 2012

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Happy Birthday to you! You have the glue that binds our family together and have created life-changing miracles by expecting nothing less than miracles. These expectations have been at work when we have needed them most. I wish I could be there to enjoy your special day with you, but we will celebrate soon and […]

Remembering

May 28, 2012

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Anna and Paul Chukan were raised on the salmon that migrated to the Naknek and Kvichak River systems. Anna was brought to Naknek from Levelock to marry my Great Grandpa, Paul, after the two of them survived the Great Flu that swept through Bristol Bay. From their line came my Grandmother Anisha and my mother. Mine […]

The Fleet is Slumbering

May 3, 2012

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Waiting for their captains’ hands to wake them for another purposeful salmon season in Bristol Bay. Mel

Food Fight!

March 12, 2012

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No, not the cafeteria-style kind of food fight that John Belushi initiated in Animal House. This food fight is between the Bristol Bay commercial sockeye salmon industry and multi-national mining conglomerate The Pebble Limited Partnership. The fight also includes the people who reside in the Bristol Bay region and have subsisted off of salmon for […]

So Good, It’ll Make You Weep

February 23, 2012

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How often do we encounter this in our lives and do you question it when the feeling sweeps over you? “Hmmm, must not have gotten enough sleep last night,” or “Are my hormones out of whack?” I know that I have had some genuine moments that cannot be attributed to these reasons. Music, when just […]

A Sense of Place

February 21, 2012

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I find my thoughts returning to Terry Thiese’ Reading Between the Wines on a regular basis. Today when I was attempting to find a passage that I wanted to reference, I found inspiration in another. One of the chapters that Thiese laid out in his treatise is entitled “The Three Humors.” Theise feels that there […]

A Fishing Mother’s Daughter

February 18, 2012

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Earlier this fall my daughter was presented with the challenge of creating a drawing that would be adjudicated by the Juneau Public Library in a contest that would grant winners the honor of their entry being printed into a bookmark for the library system. Out of all the 4th graders who entered the contest, my […]

We Fish

February 12, 2012

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It’s time to get out with my kids on a Sunday and ski. Looking through pictures to find words, I found this. We fish for salmon in Bristol Bay, captain boats, pick and pull nets. We sell fish, save some for ourselves, and eat fish. We share this bounty with our families and friends. It […]

Passing It On

February 11, 2012

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My Dad put me on skis almost as soon as I was able to walk and sometimes I think skiing feels more natural to me than walking. It makes more sense to me anyway because of the glide aspect that is involved. Dad, I thank you for laying the groundwork for me. I skied Eaglecrest […]

Backbone

February 9, 2012

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Today I headed up to the lower nordic loop at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Even on the mountain the temperatures were in the 40’s but the good cover we got earlier in the season is holding up pretty well. Judging by the marks on the recently groomed trail, a few folks got out ahead of me, […]

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