I wrote this book to share with you some of the things I have learned
over the years. If I were to teach you in person, we wouldnt
follow the format of this book, but this is the best I can do from
I have lived in the Alaska bush since 1966. My wife, Helen, is
from Lime Village, a small place with only forty to forty-five people.
We are both over fifty now and have five children, Anna, Elizabeth,
William, Rachel and Wayne. You might know them, or your older brothers
or sisters might have played basketball with them. They played their
high school years in McGrath. We have eight grandchildren, the oldest
is ten and the youngest is almost one. We have lived mostly on the
Kuskokwim River from Bethel and Aniak upriver to Sleetmute, Red
Devil, Lime Village, McGrath, and Telida.
I have always loved science because it has made the world less
threatening. While the world is certainly filled with mysteries
that I will never fathom, the basic physical principles by which
it works have remained the same for thousands of years. The same
principles that keep the earth in orbit around the sun operate in
the clutch of a chainsaw. I like that. It makes the physical world
more predictable. Understanding science has kept me from being stuck
in out in the woods lots of times. I can figure things out.
I have shared my ideas in this book as simply as possible. In
my next book, I will show you the thinking skills I used along the
way. This book is mainly facts and activities. I hope you enjoy
reading and doing it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
Thanks for using my book.