The Author

I was lucky enough to grow up in Alaska. My family moved here when I was six, and we fell in love with the place. I’ve called Alaska home ever since. You’ll know why Alaska is so close to my heart as you see the beauty and meet Alaskans of past and present.

Throughout my life, I’ve felt the power of words. I taught English for 20 years, and I’m now able to spend more time on my writing, including the novels in my young adult historical romance series. My first series is set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters who made their own way in the world.

When not writing, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, and participating in Cowboy Action Shooting with the Alaska 49ers. I also belong to several historical and writers’ groups.

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Cook Inlet winter solstice

Note: I’m running an encore blog post while I catch up with family and friends over the holidays. An earlier version of this post appeared in the AWRWA blog last winter.

 

To Alaskans, solstice is a big day. Our lives revolve around the environment, including the changes in weather and daylight. We notice how much sunlight we gain or lose each day. We celebrate the longest day of the year. My daughter had her wedding on summer solstice.  On the shortest day of the year, we pause, then look forward to the return of sunlight.

 

People have been observing winter solstice since Neolithic times. You’ve probably read about the history, so I’ll be brief here.

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