Season's Greeting from Shepherd Alaska
Hal and Jessica Shepherd
As we sit before a cheery fire writing these words, we are thankful for the cold and snow of an authentic Alaskan winter. In the past month or so, we have had three feet of snow and unusually cold temperatures for the Southcentral region. While this makes life a bit difficult, what with snow shoveling and cold fingers and toes, we are grateful for the temporary relief provided to Alaskan communities and ecosystems which have been hard hit in recent years due to a dramatically warming climate.
As we look back on Shepherd Alaska’s first year online, the theme that’s surfaced from our focus on environmental and political issues is a sense of gratitude. In this day and age when contempt, anger, and misinformation are so pervasive, it is imperative that we respond with openness, compassion, and above all, a focus on all that is right and good in the world. So, we are pausing to appreciate this beautiful place in which we live and express our thanks for friends and family, our continued good health, and, of course, you – our wonderful readers. We are continually heartened by your words of support and by the forward-thinking actions you undertake toward a resilient future.
Here’s to the joy of living and whatever the future may bring!
Happy holidays to all,
Hal and Jessica