How to heat a log cabin

One of the things I miss most about Alaska is Big Lake. From when I was born until about 1989, we had a cabin on Long Island, which I’ve written about previously in these pages. Now, Alaska has four distinct seasons (although spring is ugly, summer is short, and fall is a few weeks of…

A question of haunting

I recently went back to Anchorage for the first time in six years. I flew Delta from Seattle, and I kept thinking how weird it was, because the Delta I remembered from Anchorage hadn’t flown to Anchorage from Seattle in daylight hours since the early 1990s. It must have felt even more strange for the…

In memory of a tree house

Ingratitude must be a universal emotion among children, and the primary manifestation of this is that despite free room and board, they’re constantly looking for alternate accommodations to call their own. Couch forts, play houses, tree houses, secret blanket and furniture constructions in basements or attics – the want of an independent domain is one…