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Cabin 135, A Memoir of Alaska

by Katie Eberhart

Cabin 135 is a house that was built for the Matanuska Colony. Living there for many years, the author became fascinated with the accumulation of layers. The house anchors this book, a collection of threaded stories, to a particular plot of landscape in the Matanuska Valley. 

Whether semi-tamed garden, national park, or forest, nature meanders through the stories in this book. As does memory, that thread that ties each of us to our past. The terrain of this book includes garden and yard, but also more distant places where enticing moments offer insights to how we live and survive. 

Cabin 135, A Memoir of Alaska by Katie Eberhart forthcoming from University of Alaska Press in 2020.

Accordion arrangements

Sheet music for my arrangement of Mark Greathouse’s piano composition Copy Cat appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of the Northwest Accordion News. (Recording of Copy Cat.)

My most recent arrangement of Mark Greathouse’s music, Clown Dance, for accordion trio, will appear in the Fall 2018 issue of Northwest Accordion News. (Clown Dance on YouTube.)

July 25, 2015: Nature Journaling Workshop at Metolius Preserve

skipper on thistle

Skipper on thistle at Metolius Preserve

NATURE JOURNALING workshop Saturday July 25, 2015 at the Metolius Preserve (about 12 miles west of Sisters, Oregon ), sponsored by the Deschutes Land Trust. The terrain is flat (easy walking) and we’ll walk about a mile in the shade beside Lake Creek (the emphasis is “writing” not “hiking”). Sign up for this free workshop through the Deschutes Land Trust web site.

What: Nature Journaling
Where: Metolius Preserve, near Sisters, Oregon
When: July 25, 2015; 9:00-noon

Limited to ten participants.

Register online at  http://www.deschuteslandtrust.org/events/hikes/nature-journaling-metolius-preserve or by telephone with the Deschutes Land Trust: (541) 330-0017

With registration, you’ll get an email reminder and directions to the Metolius Preserve

Related posts:

Deschutes Land Trust: Writing Personal Field Notes at Land Trust Preserves

My blog:
A Writer’s Field Notes – Part 1
Wildflowers of Whychus Canyon

June 6, 2015: Nature Journal Writing Workshop at Indian Ford Meadow Preserve

Indian Ford Meadow Preserve

Hike and Writing Workshop sponsored by the Deschutes Land Trust: 

The best place to write about nature is outdoors, in nature. Please join writer, Katie Eberhart, and birder, Carol Wall, for a morning of walking, learning about birds and bird habitat, and writing at Indian Ford Meadow Preserve. We should see hummingbirds and pygmy nuthatches, and other summer-resident birds, learn about the birds’ habitat needs—from forest to stream, and discuss strategies for translating a sense of nature onto the page.

The walking at Indian Ford Meadow is easy and the distance will be less than a mile.

What: Nature Journaling at Indian Ford Meadow Preserve
Where: Indian Ford Meadow Preserve, near Sisters, Oregon
When: June 6, 2015; 9:00-noon

Workshop limited to ten participants.

This workshop is free but sign-up is required. Register online at http://www.deschuteslandtrust.org/events/hikes/nature-journaling-indian-ford-meadow-preserve or by telephone with the Deschutes Land Trust: (541) 330-0017

With registration, you’ll get an email reminder and directions to Indian Ford Meadow Preserve

There will also be a nature journaling writing workshop, sponsored by the Deschutes Land Trust, at Metolius Preserve on July 25, 2015: http://www.deschuteslandtrust.org/events/hikes/nature-journaling-metolius-preserve

Related posts 

My blog: A Writer’s Field Notes – Part 1

Deschutes Land Trust blog: Writing Personal Field Notes at Land Trust Preserves

Nature Journaling at Whychus Canyon on May 31, 2015

Whychus CanyonThe best place to write about nature is outdoors, in nature. If you’re in central Oregon, please join me and botanist, David Miller, for three hours walking and writing at Whychus Canyon Preserve. We’ll discuss wildflowers and plants, and writing strategies that help capture the experience of all the senses, as well as other aspects of our relationship with nature including memories.

What: Nature Journaling at Whychus Canyon Preserve, sponsored by the Deschutes Land Trust
Where: Whychus Canyon Preserve near Sisters, Oregon
When: May 31, 2015; 9:00-noon

Workshop limited to ten participants.

This workshop is free but sign-up is required. Register online at http://www.deschuteslandtrust.org/events/hikes/nature-journaling-whychus-canyon-preserve or by telephone with the Deschutes Land Trust: (541) 330-0017

With registration, you’ll get an email reminder and directions to Whychus Canyon Preserve.

Last year, I did two Field Notes workshops for the Deschutes Land Trust. If you attended either of those workshops, please consider signing up for one (or more) of my Nature Journaling workshops this summer.

My other summer 2015 Nature Journaling Workshops: 

June 6, 2015: Nature Journaling, Indian Ford Meadow Preserve with Katie Eberhart and Carol Wall

July 25, 2015: Nature Journaling, Metolius Preserve with Katie Eberhart

Related posts 

My blog: A Writer’s Field Notes – Part 1

Deschutes Land Trust blog:
Writing Personal Field Notes at Land Trust Preserves
A Hike through Whychus Canyon Preserve–Earth Day 2013

 

In Print: “Vanishing Acts” and “Overture to Castelfidardo”

Much of my writing is framed by journeys, whether a walk at the edge of the Pacific surf (Vanishing Acts) or travel to the Pigini Accordion Factory in Italy.

Vanishing Acts, a poem, is included in the Fall 2014 issue of Windfall, A Journal of Poetry and Place. Windfall does not archive material online, but single copies can be ordered for $7.

Last spring, When my husband and I were planning a trip to northern Italy, we hadn’t planned to travel south along the Adriatic Coast and we had no idea that the birthplace of accordion manufacturing was in Italy’s Marche Region, east of Tuscany and Umbria and not included in our guidebooks. Traveling to new places, we repeatedly get lost, and traveling to Castelfidardo was no exception. 

Overture to Castelfidardo, an essay, is included in the Fall 2014 issue of Northwest Accordion News (print only).

 

How Tiny the Grass Seeds, a poem

My poem, How Tiny the Grass Seeds, appeared in the Summer 2014 — Sticks & Stones — issue of Elohi Gadugi Journal.

How Tiny the Grass Seeds

Easy to over­look in a museum fea­tur­ing
a repli­cated Viking boat. The Quern was not ​
wood mas­ter­fully shaped into curv­ing sides
with upswept prow and stern.

Even as we walked on the wooden deck
of the museum Viking boat, the Quern stone,
behind its shield of glass, was pro­tected from us
as if it was a moon rock, that might be taken
simply because someone wanted to hold
a piece of the moon. Or (in the case of the Quern)
to feel the stone once used by a woman Viking

scraping and grinding tiny seeds—
smaller than wheat or barley—into flour.

A friend told me she grew Amaranth
and Quinoa—grasses—but cleaning the seeds
by hand got the best of her.

How would grass-flour taste?
Sweet? Dry? Bitter? Would you count the seeds
you needed to plant next year?
Fiercely protect the seeds to be certain
your kids had food? And the Quern?

Pack the stone each time you move.

Field Notes Writing Workshop Saturday August 23, 2014

Reminder: my “Field Notes” Writing Workshop at the Deschutes Land Trust’s Indian Ford Meadow Preserve is tomorrow, Saturday August 23rd, 9:00-11:00. There is no cost (same as all the Land Trust’s guided hikes and outings) but you need to sign-up through the Deschutes Land Trust website—http://www.deschuteslandtrust.org/events/hikes/field-notes-indian-ford-meadow-preserve.

The limit is ten and, as of Friday morning, there were a few slots left.

My short essay Writing Personal Field Notes at Land Trust Preserves is up on the Deschutes Land Trust website.