She and her husband build a log cabin miles away from the nearest road and create a life of love. An idyllic existence, but with isolation and brutal living conditions can also come heartbreak. Chopping wood and hauling water are not just parts of a Zen proverb but a requirement for survival. Keith experiences tragic loss and must push on, with her infant daughter, alone in the Alaskan backcountry.
Long-distance dog sledding opens a door to a new existence. Racing across the state of Alaska offers the best of all worlds by combining raw wilderness with solitude and athleticism. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the “Last Great Race on Earth,” remains a true test of character and offers the opportunity to intimately explore the frontier that she has come to love.
With every thousand miles of winter trail traversed in total solitude, she confronts challenges that awaken internal demons, summoning all the inner grief and rage that lies dormant. In the tradition of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and John Krakauer’s Into the Wild, Epic Solitude is the powerful and touching story of how one woman found her way—both despite and because of—the difficulties of living and racing in the remote wilderness.
Katherine Keith is a wilderness athlete, experience junkie, spiritual questor, long-distance dog musher, and mother to a sixteen-year-old daughter and thirty-five dogs, living above the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue, Alaska. Professionally, and as a jack-of-all-trades survivalist, she is a small business owner, rural Alaska project director, energy engineer, commercial fisherman, and wellness advocate. Accomplishments such as completing six Ironman triathlons and five 1,000-mile dog sled races form the cornerstone of Katherine’s philosophy of generating grit through overcoming real-time obstacles. A never-ending dreamer, Katherine is currently pursuing climbing the seven tallest summits on every continent as a budding alpinist. Above all, she loves spending time star-gazing, chasing northern lights, and playing cribbage by the woodstove with Amelia at camp.
An Uncut Diamond: A Memoir
By Angela N. Hsi, Ph.D.
An Uncut Diamond: A Memoir is the fascinating, brutally honest story of one young woman’s pursuit of academic freedom across two continents, rife cross-cultural misconceptions, and distrust. It is the story of her encounters with the pivotal points of history, societal upheavals, and political clashes that have shaped both the modern world and a modern woman. It also relates the very personal story of family ties, which shatter and strengthen, even as her own dreams alternately come to fruition and perish. An Uncut Diamond is a compelling tale filled with the author’s experience of sweeping changes, both private and public, and observations and learning that could only be gained by living through such times. It is a true story. It is her story.
This memoir narrates how Smithson experienced a poor and somewhat turbulent childhood that took her and her family to Tennessee, Illinois, and Missouri. She describes her parents, grandparents, her siblings, her daily experiences, the characters who played a role in her upbringing, and the memories of growing up in a different time. This nostalgic look back follows Smithson through her marriage at a young age in 1960 and offers a recap of her family.
With photos included, The Whippoorwill Calls offers a glimpse into one womans past guided by her faith in God, and the history that formed who she is today.