Sunday, March 25, 2007
This morning I watched a wonderful documentary called Artic Dance: the Maddie Murie Story. If you ever get a chance to see it, do! It is several things: a lot of beautiful scenery of Alaska and the Tetons, an inspiring love story, one woman's commitment to wilderness preseservation and a philosophy of life worth your observation. Near the end of the hour program, I found tears running down my cheeks. Some of them were for the old age of Maddie, that energetic, capable woman who accompanied her biologist husband on months-long dog-sled expeditions though the frozen wilderness (her honeymoon was one of them), some for the death of John Denver, her friend and fellow wilderness-preservation enthusiast (he wrote a song about her and husband Olaf), and some for the things that are happening under this presidency to her beloved Alaska wilderness. Maybe some of the tears were for all of us who are growing older.