A Tender Distance: Adventures Raising My Sons in Alaska

A Tender Distance: Adventures Raising My Sons in Alaska

by Kaylene Johnson


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A Tender Distance presents fifteen finely-crafted vignettes that explore the perils and joys of raising two fearless boys from toddlerhood to young men.

A Tender Distance is a memoir about motherhood and raising children in Alaska, where a vast wilderness shaped the people they would someday become. When Kaylene Johnson and her family moved to the Last Frontier, she was thrilled with the spectacular setting of their new life. But she was also unsettled by the risks she never before had to consider. Moose regularly frequented the school bus stop and bears seasonally sauntered through their yard. Her story begins with the leave-taking of her oldest son, as she considers this new season in all of their lives and reflects on family, faith, and what it means to be a mother. Written with wit, wisdom, and a grateful heart, this is a mother's story about raising her two boys in Alaska where wilderness is just out the back door of their home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882407722
Publisher: West Margin Press
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Kaylene Johnson is a professional writer and longtime Alaskan and the author of the New York Times bestseller Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down. Her award-winning articles have appeared in Alaska magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Spirit magazine, and other publications. She holds a BA from Vermont College and an MFA in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.

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"I walked a high-voltage tightrope as I balanced the boys' adventure-filled childhood—-one I had only dreamed about living—-with my concern for their safety. Utimately, it would have been safer to stay at home and play video games. But we lived in Alaska for a more soul-filled existance....And so I walked that tightrope one step at a time, hoping I would not fall or fail them."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Rendevous Peak 11

Genesis 23

Moose Meadow 37

First Salmon 51

Mount Baldy 65

Breakup 75

Porcupine Promises 87

Symphony Lake 97

Faith Falls 107

Devil's Pass 121

Kesugi Ridge 133

As Hours Will 153

Ghost Bear 163

Mount Marathon 179

Epilogue Wild Boys 195 

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