I live and write on Lingít Aaní, and gratefully acknowledge the past, present and future caretakers of this beautiful place, the Jilkaat Kwaan and Jilkoot Kwaan.

Oh great. Fireman Al and Lyle are on the radio giving the weekly Safety Report and it’s all about the hazards of traveling Outside just as I am packing for a trip to Hawaii for spring break with my daughters and grandbabies. The list of hazards is endless– from lost tickets to lost children– and don’t forget to leave the hand lotion behind and remember  what your rental car looks like. Breathe. I can do this. And I will. Yesterday I sent my new book off to the publisher on time and in good enough shape, I hope, to be on the spring 2014 list, where it’s supposed to be. I’m feeling pretty good about that. And I’m feeling I deserve a vacation, a real vacation, so I’m leaving my office at home. I will not have to worry about keeping thieves from pinching my computer, as I’m not bringing one. (I don’t need no stinking iPad neither.) A dumb phone works as well as a  smart one,  and no one can steal my ID from it. I’m packing some real paperback books too, that can get wet and sandy and that I can leave behind. I’ll be unplugged for ten whole days.  (Maybe you should try this at home?) — “See” you when I return.