Life at Fifty Below Zero.
Have you ever thought about going to Alaska?
The thought had never crossed my mind when I agreed to teach in a small village for one year. One simple decision turned life upside down and generated many new paths.
Life at Fifty Below Zero is a memoir spanning three decades of educational work and daily adventures.
Life at Fifty Below Zero
An Alaskan Memoir on Teaching and Learning
When asked, “do you know what a honey bucket is, can you use one?” I said yes. Beginning in 1972 and over the next thirty-three years I traveled to all four corners of state and many places in between working with school districts learning more than I taught. The idea of no running water, no phones, no daily news, and no stores seemed surreal and alien, but I adapted.
After landing in Alaska I learned it was even more remote than I thought; the weather was colder than imagined; and animals, such as moose and bears wandered through communities. In the beginning I often wondered who was the teacher and who was the student.
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A Value of $18
To the lover of pure wildness Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.
John Muir, Travels in Alaska
How cold is fifty below zero?
…I loved the opportunity to be outside when it was quiet and still. The spring birds sang as I ran along. I stepped into a mental space of mindfulness of my surroundings. It was almost hypnotic.
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