“Alaskan Attitudes” is my story of my life on a Spruce Island homestead, close to the island of Kodiak. I spent 20 years living on Spruce Island in a house I helped build. I lived by myself much of the time, and the book details my adventures Continue reading
Spring comes to Gustavus when the dull colors of winter give way to the greens of the forest under-story and grassy lawns. Then, we know the season has arrived for sure when the first dandelions appear. Their bright-yellow flowers, like little suns reflecting back from the ground, lift our hearts and bring smiles to our faces.
As spring continues, the dandelions become more and more prolific, until they seem to be trying to take over the world. Never fear — I have a solution here for you. When you get tired of looking at that field of yellow, you can make a very fine wine from the blossoms. You’ll need 15 quarts of them for your first batch, so start picking!
Soon after you start your wine the remaining Continue reading
Roots, crowns (parts between roots and ground surface), and tops, from young leaves to flower buds and full blooms, can be eaten. They are an excellent source of vitamins B, C, and A. The plant is especially high in calcium, and also contains potassium, phosphorous and sodium. Here is a summary of ways dandelions can be eaten:
Roots: Scrape, slice, and boil roots in salted water until tender, then eat as a vegetable. Being part of the chicory family, the roots may also be dried in the oven, ground, and used as a coffee substitute. I would recommend Continue reading
Sir John Suckling created cribbage in the early 1600s. It is derived from an earlier game called “noddy.” Sir John, an English courtier, poet, and gambler, and an expert at cards, dice, and bowls, developed the game with personal gain in mind. He went around the country Continue reading
- It is illegal to push a live moose out of a moving airplane. I’d like to know what the moose was doing there in the first place.
- You are breaking a law if you tie your pet dog to the roof of your car.
- You cannot live in your trailer as it is being hauled across the city.
- You can’t slip an alcoholic beverage to the moose in your yard. Apparently, he does not handle his liquor well.
- Though it is legal to shoot a bear with a gun (in season and with the proper permit, of course!) waking a sleeping bear to shoot a photograph is prohibited.
- Owners of flamingos are not permitted to take the bird into the barber shop. If the bird really wants a haircut and shave, you will have to fulfill its wishes yourself.
Your Russian vocabulary word for the day is “matryoshka.” The word means “little matron” and is the diminuative form of the Russian woman’s name, Matriona. For our purposes, the name can be translated as “Russian nesting doll.” These dolls, turned on a lathe, were made in diminishing sizes, cut in half, and placed inside each other, smallest to largest. The smallest doll was turned from a single piece of wood.
The first “matryoshka” set was made in 1890. Traditionally, the outer doll was a woman and the figures inside could be either gender. The innermost doll was typically the baby of the family. Over the years, many themes have been used. Recently the dolls even included replicas of Russian leaders. Some other themes include floral designs, holidays, religious figures, politicians, movie stars, athletes, musicians, animals. and peasant families. For a time I had Eskimo family nesting dolls in my shop.
Many of these dolls are quite beautiful, displaying elaborate design or Continue reading
Alaska is a land of magic and mystery. It is very true that “strange things are done ‘neath the midnight sun.” This column will be an ongoing collection of stories from the Alaskan mystique, designed to amuse and amaze you. Visit it each week for a new installment.
WOMAN PUNCHES BEAR TO SAVE DOG: In Juneau, not far from my home in Gustavus, black bears sometimes roam the streets. A Continue reading
Halibut gave Fisherman three wishes if he’d let Halibut swim free. Fisherman wished for a fine house for his fishwife.
“Go home, it’s yours.”
For a year the fishwife complained. “Go back to the halibut and ask for wealth and property to go with our fine house.”
At last, Fisherman went to the ocean and called Halibut. Continue reading
People have been creating cloth fabric since prehistoric times, and evidence suggests that even prehistoric people living tens of thousands of years ago may have been dying their fabric using coarse techniques. Over the years, advancements in the textile trade have resulted in the creation of beautiful natural and synthetic materials for use in, and these fabrics may be used for many different purposes. From quilting fabric, upholstering furnishings to making clothes, the right fabric can add considerable style as well as texture to an item.
About Me Original article by Fran Kelso Hunting with Jim Warren, Marshall Kim. Personal Interview Meet Roger and Mary dba Alaskan Metalsmiths Williams, Roger and Mary. Personal Interview Mountain Ash: The Tree With an Alias Kelso, Fran. Plant Lore of an Alaskan Island. Indiana: Author House, 2011. The Truth about Alaskan Ivory General information researched from several online sources; written by Fran Kelso. Information on Schreger lines from an "ivory ethics" page at www.Zealandia.com Mammoth Ivory Bear Pendant Information from Zealandia Designs, Boise, Idaho New Twist to Bear-Baiting Thiessen, Mark. Associated Press. Toronto Star, August 14,2015. What are Alaskan Attitudes? Kelso, Fran. Alaskan Attitudes. North Carolina: Create Space, 2015. Overrun with Dandelions? Make Wine! Kelso, Fran. Plant Lore of an Alaskan Island. Author House, 2011. How to Eat a Dandelion Kelso, Fran. Plant Lore of an Alaskan Island. Author House, 20ll. A Short History of Cribbage Kelso, Fran. Original article researched from several internet sources. A Selection of Weird Alaskan Laws From the website, www.dumblaws.com Fine Russian Crafts: Hand-Made, Hand-Painted Matryoshka dolls. Kelso, Fran. Original article researched from several internet sources. Bizarre Alaskan Stories Grass, Jonathan. Taken from the article, "Woman Punches Bear to Save Dog." Juneau Empire: August 30, 2011. The Halibut and the Fisherman Kelso, Fran. An original modification of an old folk tale. Quilting Article by Accelerated Web Solutions administration.