For New York Times Food a story about the vital role chest freezers play in the economics and culture of Alaska Native villages, and how they are being threatened as increasingly violent storms take out the electricity.
I got curious about why there are still long drive-thru lines, long waits at restaurants and so many help-wanted signs in Anchorage.
In this story, I wrote about how micro-communities we formed during the pandemic have blossomed into deep friendships.
It isn’t easy to gauge how many, but high demand has made conditions right for some longtime early childhood workers to quit their jobs and work on their own.
For the NEIGHBORS project, I took a look at how the pandemic changed downtown through the eyes of two downtown ambassadors, charged with waking people sleeping on the street in the mornings.
There’s still a risk, but seniors are flooding back to Anchorage Senior Center
You could say our pantries reflect our collective state of mind and the state of the world. They also tell us how we’re recovering from the pandemic years.
For much of the past two years, a lot of us have been isolated from people we know, but also from the world of strangers, from small talk in line for coffee and smiles in the grocery store, and the sense of community that comes with it. That makes acts of kindness more meaningful
Some women who gave birth to pandemic babies in Anchorage hospitals say their transitions to motherhood showed them they were more capable than they imagined.
Orso almost shuttered for good during the pandemic, but an employee’s gamble saved it.