AirBnB: The First B is for Beautiful

My dad gets really excited when when modern, gig/sharing-economy type organizations come to Buffalo, which is my hometown and where he still lives. Years ago, when Buffalo got food trucks, he called right away to let me know. Around the same time, the city was redoing the harbor to make it a place for festivals … Continue reading AirBnB: The First B is for Beautiful

Yurt in Talkeetna, Alaska (July, 2015)

While You Are There: Try not to get eaten by a bear while you are taking care of business in the doorless outhouse. I mean, isn't that the dream, to be able to watch the birds flying around and the rain splashing on the ground while you are getting rid of the non-nutritious parts of last … Continue reading Yurt in Talkeetna, Alaska (July, 2015)

Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska (July, 2015)

While You Are There: Hike. And try not to get eaten by a bear. And if you make it back to Homer, enjoy the restaurants on the spit. Why It's On My List: Everything I saw in Alaska was stunning, but this park has the added bonuses of having to take a water taxi (or plane) to … Continue reading Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska (July, 2015)

Tanka, July 12th, Soldotna

a bear paw thrashes beneath the surface, missing salmon from the lake later splayed on styrofoam because bait evokes no fear   Memories of a trip to Alaska, told in tanka. Tanka follow a syllable pattern of 5-7-5-7-7. The middle line serves as a turning point, so that if you read just the first three lines, … Continue reading Tanka, July 12th, Soldotna

Tanka, July 7th, Talkeetna

their soft drum on pine builds symphony with songbirds spattering raindrops collide against plexiglass a discordant ballyhoo     Memories of a trip to Alaska, told in tanka. Tanka follow a syllable pattern of 5-7-5-7-7. The middle line serves as a turning point, so that if you read just the first three lines, there is … Continue reading Tanka, July 7th, Talkeetna