Pay It Forward: Protecting our connection to nature

As I sit back and think about acts of kindness bestowed upon me throughout my life, I am so humbled. People are good. People care. People will be there for you in times of struggle. We are in challenging times right now. I frequently don’t recognize faces behind the masks. I can’t stop in to visit and hug an old … Read More

Pay it Forward: Communities take care of each other

As your community hospital, we have been taking extreme measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and to expand our capacity to care for those in need. We would not be able to do this without the amazing show of support that we have received from the community. Since the pandemic … Read More

Foreign Exchange Experience leads to a more open mind

Bonjour ! Or, in English, hello! Sitting in my garden, during this quarantine due to Covid-19, I took time to look back over my life and especially to think about all the travels I did and the exchange student experience I had when I was 18.  First of all, let me introduce myself: I am Sophie, born on the 22 … Read More

Pay It Forward: Graceful Aging

They were teenagers when they walked through Ellis Island into a new life. She with her sewing machine and he with his masonry tools. They emigrated from Norway after WWI. Their parents believed each would have a better life in the United States. Both of them boarded a train headed west to the Dakotas where other Norwegians had settled. Many … Read More

Pay It Forward: Charity doesn’t always have to be so conventional

Written by Dina Al-Shibeeb In a fast-paced world, one’s goals, needs and responsibility to pay bills take a central theme and charity somehow takes a backseat at least for some of us. Sometimes we remember how we need to be more charitable when Christmas is around the corner. This is something I have noticed as a journalist working for the … Read More

Pay It Forward – Storyknife Edition

Sometimes a dream starts thirty years in the past. In 1989, Dana Stabenow was sending out her first novel to publishers in New York City. Back then, the process was pretty arduous and disheartening, all done by “snail mail” and the wait for acceptance (or rejection) was long. So, when Dana’s friend Katherine Gottlieb saw an article about Hedgebrook, a … Read More

Being Community Means Being ‘Like Lizzie’

Lizzy was a common prairie woman, daughter of Norwegian parents who immigrated with little to their name except knowledge of a small farm where they had lived in the fjords of Norway. She knew how to raise chickens. She grew a garden of flourishing vegetables. She was a superior cook of ordinary food, home baked bread, soups, fried chicken, and … Read More

Pay It Forward, August 2019

Living Pay It Foreward Learning to ride a horse takes time and patience. Years ago to earn money to pay for college, I worked as a female counselor at a trail ride camp for middle and high school age students in the Badlands of North Dakota. A roan mare was assigned to me for the summer by Herman Urban, a … Read More

Pay It Forward July 2019

Last week, Governor Dunleavy abruptly vetoed all of the state legislature’s approved funding for the arts and culture in Alaska, cut the University of Alaska by 40% and slashed Health and Human Services, destabilizing our most vulnerable–children and elderly. If state legislators are unable to override the Governor’s veto with a 3/4 vote in a special session that begins on … Read More

Pay It Forward, June 2019

The Mariner Mat room has changed in 20 years.  When I started wrestling, girls on the mat were few and far between. In middle school, the School Board said I wasn’t allowed to wrestle. Only when I challenged them with Title IX did they allow me on the mat. I felt lucky to have the chance to wrestle and I … Read More