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Gail Jackson

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This article was originally written for the Rasmuson Foundation.   Gail Jackson’s morning routine begins with meditation and Qigong, a Chinese practice of movement. Then she plays her gongs. She carries a friction mallet across the metal slower than a second hand on a clock. The sound starts low, then grows louder. When she slows even more, the sound is brought out. One light hit from her mallet, Jackson says, brings forth many different tones […]

Alaskan is one of the ‘Worst Cooks in America’

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Daily News.   Charles Oakley’s new year is off to a pretty good start. The Ninilchik local is premiering on the newest season of Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America.” Oakley has lived in Alaska since the mid-70s. He calls himself a spray can artist. You may recognize him from his live performances from the Alaska State Fair, the Three Barons Fair or other summer pastimes, where […]

Paving the path: A look at homesteaders of early Anchorage

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This article was originally published in Alaska Magazine.   Many homesteaders that journeyed to Alaska were brought to the last frontier via the military and the Homestead Act. The act made 160 acres of land available for people to live on for 5 years. In that time, homesteaders were required to develop the land for farming and build a house. If they met those requirements, they would receive full ownership of their land. After World […]

Anchorage couple starts nonprofit to help the incarcerated

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   Darcy Stein and David Westlake, a married couple in Anchorage, have started Turiya of Alaska, a nonprofit organization bringing the practice of yoga into correctional facilities, mental health institutions and rehabilitation centers. Westlake has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years and Stein for seven. Westlake is also a 500 E-RYT and YACEP certified yoga instructor who teaches full time at Anchorage Yoga. “It was […]