The Funny Thing About Surviving in the Alaskan Wilderness

I watched a movie about Heimo and Edna Korth, a couple living near the Arctic Circle in the Alaska wilderness. The link is at the end of the blog so you can hit it afterwards. The focus was on Heimo’s survival skills and the way he hunts for moose and how he killed a bear. I would have liked to see more about Edna’s life inside their tiny cabin with a door that you have to duck down to get inside. The basic things she has to do each day from heating water to washing dishes and clothes. There is always the domestic behind-the-scenes work that isn’t as glamorous. Yet it’s still survival.

But what was really funny about the movie was the scene when Edna comes outside where Heimo is sitting around grilling meat with the guys on the film crew. She complained because there was mud tracked into the cabin.

“It’s always my fault,” Heimo groaned half-sarcastically into the camera.

How funny is that? The two of them are living in the wild, thousands of miles away from anyone else, and they still are arguing like any couple anywhere, still working out their stuff. They still have to figure out how to get along with each other.

No matter where we find ourselves, near the Arctic Circle or near Columbus Circle, no matter what, we still have to do the inside work. We have to work on ourselves. There will always, always, be a spiritual lesson for us. There will always be that one person, that one situation, that one thing, that will challenge us to change, to accept, to detach.

It’s not only about lessons in survival.

No matter where we are, there we are.

Here’s the link:

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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2 Responses to The Funny Thing About Surviving in the Alaskan Wilderness

  1. No matter where we live, we have to do the inside work. ~ Oh, yeah, it is what it is.
    Great post.

  2. Pingback: Last Man in Alaska « Jess Smart Smiley: the Internet Version

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