The African proverb: “it takes a village to raise a child” is very global in its truth.  We find we are happiest when we share our learning process in a trusted village.  Today our village convenes on the ski hill. Our children will be coached by other volunteer instructors and we will also instruct other village members’ children on the hill. Now it’s -1 degrees F. today – it’s a real call to the village to show up!  Granted the clear skies also mean we’ll probably be able to see Mt. McKinley shine in her 20,000 ft. splendor from the hill, too!

Yes, the perks to living in Alaska are grand – especially when you get outside to embrace them. Certainly a bald eagle or two will fly above us as we make our way down the race course.  A fox might be sneaking near by, too.  With fresh snow clinging to the barren trees, this crisp winter day, set against the back drop of a stunningly clear and blue sky, will be astonishing. It is on these days, that the beauty is so great, we have to ask ourselves, is this Heaven?

On these days that are so very cold, I am quite grateful for the village’s support – to get us out there and to get going. And, in doing so, we are so energized, so encouraged, and so engaged with one another, that we are overwhelmed by the true warmth that’s all around us.  It’s amazing just how effective the village is – in educating us as well as warming us!

“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others” — Lewis Carroll