Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Two Seasons

People around these parts say there are only two seasons in Alaska: winter and construction. I have found this to be very true. Here it is the end of August and I can't help but wonder how some of these projects are going to get finished before winter sets in.

The center of town in North Pole is very small, so it's been a huge headache moving just a short distance all summer. I'm thrilled with the new road layout, however, and look forward to traffic flowing better through town.

Seven years in England made roundabouts second nature for me, but the new additions have left many locals scratching their heads and honking their horns.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Literacy Council of Alaska

Over the summer my daughter volunteered well over a hundred hours at the Literacy Council of Alaska in Fairbanks. LCA runs a summer tutoring program for teens called Cross-Age. The teenagers are assigned elementary students to tutor in reading, writing, and math three days per week. It was a very rewarding experience for Bren, as I'm sure it was for the kids that were tutored.

The Literacy Council is supported in part by their bookstore, Forget-Me-Not Books, where most books are sold for just two dollars. I've grown to love that place!