Emergency no-groceries pasta

I’m pretty good at menu planning, but some weeks things just go off the rails. There’s a sickness or a deadline or Sara’s traveling. Somehow nobody makes it to the grocery store and we eat through all the reserves. Then comes the night when the boys are deep into frozen dino nuggets and alphatots, and […]

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For The Guardian: Homeless in America

I’m looking for more story ideas, especially ones that involve innovation and solutions, about homelessness in Alaska to contribute to this Guardian project.

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For the Washington Post: Alaska, Veterans, Esteban Santiago

I had the privilege of helping the Washington Post on two stories (read them here and here) last week about Esteban Santiago, the Anchorage man who shot five people at the Ft. Lauderdale airport. Then, over the weekend, I had a story of my own published in the Post that helped to provide context about Alaska […]

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For Edible Alaska: Easy holiday party recipes

If you, like me, are busy person who likes to entertain, I’ve got something for you: a solid, simple, party-food plan that does not rely on frozen mini egg rolls. All you need is salt, olive oil, fresh ingredients and your oven. Find your game plan in the most recent issue of Edible Alaska.

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For EndPain magazine: An interview with cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl

I was so inspired by this conversation about art, life and disease I had with Alaska cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl. It just published by EndPain magazine. Here’s how it begins: Peter Dunlap-Shohl, a life-long Alaskan, worked as a political cartoonist at the Anchorage Daily News for 27 years. Deep into that career, at age 43, he was diagnosed […]

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Before and after: The tiny patio + fence project

There were some things I wish I’d done differently when I negotiated the purchase of our old house. And, one of them was coming to an agreement about dealing with the totally dilapidated fence. Looking out the kitchen window was not a pretty sight: Even minus the fence, the side yard was UGLY and full […]

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For the ADN: “I know it’s not going to last”

I’m so proud of my friend Ash Adams  for her work on this photo story, “Carrying Sky,” about Jennifer and Aaron Allison and their daughter Sky, who was not expected to live after her birth because of a severe birth defect called heterotaxy. Sky turned 1 in May, and is medically very fragile. Her parents and siblings […]

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Salmon Life: “The Right Kind of Hungry”

My essay, “The Right Kind of Hungry,” on grilling salmon in the collection Made of Salmon was just published online as part of the Salmon Life project (with gorgeous photos by Ash Adams). In case you didn’t get a chance to see it in the book, here’s a taste…  I will give you my salmon recipe. It […]

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For ADN: The sex trafficking trial of Troy Williams

I’m interested in doing deeper coverage of sex trafficking in Alaska, in part because this state shares demographic characteristics with other places in the United States, like North Dakota, with high numbers of women involved in trafficking. I’ve been following several sex trafficking cases, including the case of Troy Williams that went to a jury […]

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