October 07th, 2011
Fall is here, the ‘termination dust’ has fallen (and is staying more than coming and going!) For those who don’t know, ‘termination dust’ is like ‘powdered sugar’ that sprinkles over the tops of the mountains come Fall in Alaska (we call ourselves the Upper One vs. Lower 48’rs!) Natives say that once ‘regular’ terminiation dust falls, we have about 6 weeks to get ready for ‘real’ winter. If the morning temperatures are any indication, winter is not far off!!
We had an unusually warm/dry winter, not alot of high bush berries (like our favorite mossberry) but we DID find a patch on Govt. Peak – the mountain that you see in the photo in late August.
The river is the lowest we’ve seen in the 1o years since we have lived here on the Little Susitna River. We are delighted to report, although low water, the silver salmon have been busy spawning (an incredible site to watch them prepare their spot and then ‘mate’!) And, much to MY dismay, the busy beaver(s) are back, new girdling and gnawing to rebuild the dam that spring high water broke apart. We’ll see what happens in the days ahead as to how many 100 year old cottonwoods we lose.
We are excited to be sending me out (unfortunately solo as it’s busy end of season work for Bill, but faithful and dear friends meet me on each leg). It is a HUGE and yes, ambitious schedule the next two weeks. Strides Against Breast Cancer is tomorrow – the first one for Alaska. It coiicides with my 25th and 27th anniversary of my digagnoses of breast cancer, so I am excited to tout early detection and SURVIVAL!!
Then off to later than night on a red-eye to the Midwest for our first “officially paid” assignment. We have many events, in 5 different cities, 4 different states. I will be speaking to small comunity events, churches, an one special event, the 5th Annual Rest/Rejuv and pamper time for moms with kids with a disability. I will also connect and meet various American Cancer Society staff and other writing/speaking professionals along the way. While it may see like I am pushing the envelope, we KNOW that the torch has been passed.
With the announcement of ‘remission’ for now, and being given the persmission to ‘be on the road again’ our charge became clear. We vow, that as long as we have life and breath, we will speak and write about encouragement and hope in the face of obastacles and adversity. How can we NOT? Books sales/money is not the object, but the by-product. Yes, we pray for favor, but we ask and pray even more for courage to speak into lives that are broken, weary, worn, but yet maybe through our words, will find the willingess to keep up the fight.
As seasons come and go, much like termination dust, we must be prepared, and go forth. So: Here We Go Again!! Hand onto your hat – it’s gonna be a wild ride me thinks!!
Blessings and S’mores!!
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Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.