I have written about Barry Lopez's book "A Geography of Place" before, but as springtime comes to Nome and I find myself walking around a bit, it makes me think more about geography of place, both in Nome and in my boyhood home of Blackduck.
Here in Nome (a small town defined by its location near the Bering Sea and its gold mining history) it is rapidly becoming spring. That does not mean green grass yet, bet the willows are budding, the snow is all but gone, and the rolling hills…Continue
It has now been 5 year since I left my home to Tuluksak in order to seek greener pastures in Anchorage. Unfortunately, the pastures of Anchorage are not as green or fulfilling I hopes. I often find myself thinking back to my time in the village and the wonderful time I had working through the educational challenges with the young people of Tuluksak.
We did not always achieve our goals each year, but that was not the most important thing. Those goals were set by the federal…Continue
Since I have been in Nome I have had a lot of time to think, reflect and write. One of the things I have been things about is about is my theoretical approach to counseling.
While watching the end of the Iditarod last week in Nome, I came up with a new approach to work into my already eclectic theory of counseling'; my new approach is going to be called the “Aliy Zirkle approach to surviving and healing”.
First a bit of back-story. A about a week ago the Iditarod ended in Nome.…Continue