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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Just Beautiful

The other day I was downtown running errands and I looked up and saw this:

This is what Mt. Juneau looks like on a sunny day in winter.  In the foreground are the Valentine Building, the Viking Bar and the Gross 20th Century Theater Building.

Sometimes, I am so busy with my errands and chores that I forget to look up, but I am so glad I did this time!

I was tootling around on Facebook, and found this picture snapped by Akiko Nishijiama Hotch of the view south on Sandy Beach that same day:

This is just a few blocks from my house.  I can hardly believe that I live surrounded by such beauty every day!

Then, another friend shared a photo that he took of my kids at an event honoring our new state writer laureate:

My beautiful children!

And finally, I was so proud last night to attend a screening of "How To Survive A Plague", a film commemorating the efforts of AIDS activists to develop medications that transformed AIDS from a death sentence to a chronic disease.  The event was sponsored by the Alaskan Aids Assistance Association.  Phoebe works in the local office as a case manager.  She is doing a wonderful job.  Here is a picture of her giving a talk to the audience before the film.  She was so poised, professional and confident!

I am so grateful for all of this beauty in my life!


  1. Beautiful - the place yes, but your children, even more so!

  2. I agree Paula, we are all very blessed to see Gods beauty all around us and in our children!!!
    Chris :o)

  3. You are truly blessed to have such lovely children and be surrounded by such beauty!

  4. Hi Paula,
    I love seeing the pictures. My son was the EO at Station Juneau for 4 years and we visited every summer. Your blog bring back such wonderful memeories.

    1. Kathy - i'm glad you enjoy (re)visiting Juneau through my blog!


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