Fantastic, strong, notable, tough, adventurous, Alaskan women: you’ll find plenty of them in this month’s issue.
The women featured this month aren’t afraid to get dirty, go above and beyond what society might think about them, and are not going to let someone else tell them how to live their lives.
HistoricLee writes about Rusty Dow, the first woman to drive the ALCAN and the Whittier Tunnel, and she drove a truck!
Dr. Jacquelyn Crace-Murray tells us a story about her tough, Alaska mother who was a one-woman educator in many Bush villages in #2 Salmon Drive.
Daniel Shepard brings us a delightful story about Michelle Phillips, a modern-day truck operator who’s been driving trucks for over 30 years.
Donn Liston explains, in part two of his continuing series: Why Alaskans Wanted Statehood, how Evangeline Atwood, the wife of Publisher Bob Atwood, of the Anchorage Daily Times, stepped up to lead the charge by organizing a nonpartisan, nonprofit, territory-wide Alaska Statehood Association.
Moreover, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the strength and grit of being a Stay At Home Mom.
Cara Walsh Dorman’s story The Zen of Music Practice: or Productive Meditation tells us how we can de-stress from the chaos of our busy, noisy, lives.
Finally, I’d like to thank Frank Baker for the THREE Mountain Echoes stories he has contributed this month: Alaska Women in the Mountains about women mountaineers summitting the peaks fo the Great Land. Hike on Point Hope Trail gives a little rest from current day politics. Connecting with the past: My discovery is Frank’s third installment in the series about his father Kenny Baker, and the King Midas Mine, near Seward. All three stories are complete with photos you don’t want to miss!
What’s new at the ECHO? I am. I’m so happy and excited to put on the Editor-in-Chief hat here at the magazine. The job offer was a bit of a surprise. However, Kaleigh, our publisher, is confident I am up for the challenge.
I’m also honored to be working with all our contributors. I’m a little star struck working with the likes of Daniel Shepard, Frank Baker, Jon Van Zyle, and Donn Liston among others.
Please let me know what you think of this month’s magazine. Also, let me know your ideas on how we can make the ECHO even better. I can’t wait to hear from you.
Here’s a little apology, if I may. A broken arm and my new editorial duties have kept me from writing articles for Good Things. Stay tuned next month. I’ll be writing again. I promise.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so very much for reading. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Editor, ECHO Magazine