A Tender Distance: Adventures Raising My Sons in Alaska

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This is a mother's story about raising her two boys in Alaska were wilderness is just out the back door of their home. Written with wit, wisdom, and a grateful heart, A Tender Distance presents fifteen finely-crafted vignettes that explore the perils and joys of raising two fearless boys from toddlerhood to young men. Mothers everywhere will relate to the hard, familiar choice between holding close and letting go.
 

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Overview

This is a mother's story about raising her two boys in Alaska were wilderness is just out the back door of their home. Written with wit, wisdom, and a grateful heart, A Tender Distance presents fifteen finely-crafted vignettes that explore the perils and joys of raising two fearless boys from toddlerhood to young men. Mothers everywhere will relate to the hard, familiar choice between holding close and letting go.
 

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"A Tender Distance is written with a calm, deep grace. It is a poenm of a book, usffused wsiht courage, sadness, and beauty." 
—-Richard Goodman, Author of French Dirt, The Story of a Garden in the South of France and Soul of Creative Writing.

"Presents parenting on a 'high-voltage tightrope' between adventure and safety in rugged conditions." —-Foreword Footnotes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882407722
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Ctr Pub Co
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 699,205
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Kaylene Johnson is author of six books about Alaska and the people who live there. She is also a longtime Alaskan. Her books include the New York Times Bestseller, Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down; Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith; Portrait of the Alaska Railroad; Trails Across Time History of an Alaskan Mountain Corridor and her memoir A Tender Distance: Adventures Raising My Sons in Alaska. Her award-winning articles and essays have appeared in Alaska Magazine, the Louisville Review, The Los Angeles Times, Spirit, 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."

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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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  • Posted December 18, 2009

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    Not something I normally read.

    This book was really good. I could relate to the mother in the book well. Kaylene Johnson did a wonderful job explaining how a mother feels from the moment her children are born until the time they leave home. She even describes the pain of almost losing a child. The adventures she took with her kids and without were amazing and I understood her conflict of leaving the house for four days for a hike. It made me realize that I will feel that way long after my young children are older. I was hoping to read that the oldest son added a picture of his mother to the scrapbook or a reason why he chose not too. Regardless, I am happy I won this book because I would have missed out on a good story.

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