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Monday, May 2, 2016
Author Brendan Jones: East Coast Meets Alaskan Coast
Brendan Jones, the author of The Alaskan Laundry, offers a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer about his life in Philadelphia and Alaska.
There was no way of knowing that the dark-haired woman I met eyes with in my Cuban salsa class in Sitka, Alaska, was from Mount Laurel. That she was born at Holy Redeemer in Philadelphia. That we would be married a couple of years later, living on a World War II tugboat in Sitka, the two of us holding our daughter Haley Marie over the training potty emblazoned with the Dallas Cowboys star. Good job, Sweetie. Good job.
I grew up on 20th and Lombard, and went to school in the city. At age 19, I traveled to Alaska to work at a salmon hatchery, lived in the woods for nine months, had my life transformed by that fishing village on the edge of a rain forest, a town where brown bears outnumber kids.
It's bizarre, negotiating my love for this city with our life in Alaska. This has become even more complicated when it comes to raising Haley Marie, who pulls herself up in the morning on the threaded rods of the brass porthole to look out over the water. Who stares down sea otters and growls back at Earl, the harbor sea lion. Who witnessed her first deer butchered at 8 months (don't tell Rachel's mother) and whose small fists excel at gutting fish.
... But we also want her to have that Philly/Jerz panache, to make sure that the 215/856 blood she inherits flows strong in her veins.
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Paul Davis is a writer who covers crime. He has written extensively about organized crime, street crime, sex crime, cyber crime, drug crime, white collar crime, crime fiction, crime prevention, espionage and terrorism. He is an online columnist and contributing editor to The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International and a regular contributor to the Washington Times. His work has also appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and other print and online publications. Paul Davis has been a student of crime since he was a 12-year-old aspiring writer growing up in South Philadelphia. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 17 in 1970 and served on the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War. He also served two years on the Navy harbor tugboat USS Saugus at the U.S. nuclear submarine base at Holy Loch, Scotland. He went on to do security work as a Defense Department civilian employee and then became a freelance writer. You can read Paul Davis' Crime Beat columns, crime fiction and magazine and newspaper pieces on this website. You can also read his full bio by clicking on the above photo.