Making New Friends

COVID changed everything.  Turiya of Alaska experienced an abrupt shift as March 2020 rolled onto the timeline. Literally, it took one afternoon to bring all programming to a place of frozen powerlessness. I remember that day vividly. The phone ringing, numbers and names appearing on my small, glowing iPhone screen: Anchorage Corrections, Spring Creek Corrections, …

Its not my job to make the plants grow.

December 8 I know I usually start when we check-in but I feel like I need to toss a little plug in for the drive down to Seward. We weren’t able to get down there for a few weeks because of questionable road conditions and my lack of a 4-wheel drive vehicle, so we decided …

Oh, the places you’ll go.

By David Westlake “Hold on,” I declare as we make three very sharp swerves that even at a slow speed seems incredibly dramatic.  “Oh my god, What are those for?!” Darcy asks as she grabs the dash.  “You know… for car bombers or anybody attempting to smash through the gates,” I say nonchalantly as we …

You can’t stay high for too long.

Sunday Oct. 13th We get down to the chapel a little late today, but it’s “ag” (all good), as they say inside. Big Black moves the place holder mat in my usual spot to make space for me. I thank him and roll my mat out, saying hello to everyone. We’re all here today, making …