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Corsets, 4-inch heels, and foot binding.

I hiked the Chilkoot Trail in 2000. When I was writing about it for Alaska magazine, somehow I stumbled across the information that women in that time, 1898-1899, wore on average forty pounds of clothes.

Can you imagine hiking up that

in forty pounds of clothes? That’s, what, like eight 5-pound chickens, or one three-year old child.

Now imagine that part of that forty pounds is a corset

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Dana’s Best Black Bean Soup Ever

[From the stabenow.com vaults, March 5, 2011]

There is nothing in this world like a bowl of hot and hearty soup on a cold winter’s day. As anyone knows who follows this blog, I love a good soup, but this may be my best effort yet.
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Bush Transportation

[from the stabenow.com vaults, June 19, 2011]

My friend Pati teaches Quickbooks in villages all over Alaska. By now she has a favorite Bush pilot. She doesn’t take near enough photographs to suit me but here are some that represent traditional transportation in the Bush.

This is how you get a truck to Nikolai. And this is how you get it off the skiff once you get to Nikolai.

Nikolai, Alaska

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It’s always a party down at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore.

Here’s the livestream from last Tuesday’s By the Shores of the Middle Sea event.

I think I can safely say a good time was had by all. I sure had a blast, and I got to handsell a bunch of books I didn’t even write to fellow readers.

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