There’s No Place Like Nome for the Holidays

Or any other day, for that matter!

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Photo from the Norton Sound Health Corporation magazine

Spending the holidays in Nome has been quiet and sweet, and warmer and brighter than I was expecting!  I’ve been working through them so far, which keeps me occupied, and less thinking about how much I miss my family. And different people have graciously invited me to spend the holidays with them.

Then there is Nome Announce, a community list serve, that reminds me of how connected, warm and caring this community is.

Some examples of posts on nome announce:

“I lost my wallet (or phone, or purse, or dog, or whatever), it’s [fill in desription], please contact me.”

or “Bill, you left your drill at the rec center. I have it–call me at [phone number].”

Or “I’m looking for a couch, or Christmas tree, or cookie cutters…cookie_cutters

or someone to escort my  kid from Anchorage to Nome”…or anything someone might ever need.

And not too much later, usually there’s a little thank-you post for someone helping them out. :)

You can easily keep your fingers on the pulse of the community. Knowing what happened to whom, when. Like one patient I medevaced–his family announced that he was rushed to Anchorage and the family was requesting assistance in their trying time. It’s so beautiful!

Then not infrequently, there are messages like this, from grateful, kind, down-to-earth, just good old-fashioned, full-hearted people:

Dear All,
Thank you for all you do in and for our city.  Living here in Nome is a joy because of you!  You, as a community, rarely are recognized for your contributions to make Nome a real, caring, loving, neighborly place to live.  You pull together for city-wide celebrations, parades, and to aid one another in times of need. You check on your neighbors, respond to search and rescue operations, support children and families in need directly and through the organizations here.  You make noise to our local decision makers in order to make our city’s functions truly representative. You open your hearts and homes to the stranded and helpless.  You respect and support law enforcement personnel, who are our neighbors.  You show up for jury duty.  Nome is the best place to live in Alaska and maybe anywhere. I’m just saying!
Thank you all. And Happy Holidays to everyone.Warm Holiday Wishes
And heartfelt gratitude for each other in the community:
“Thank you for investing your life and love in the people of Nome. May all the good you have sown in the lives of others come back to bless you again and again. Thank you for allowing me to volunteer alongside you many years ago…” (note to someone leaving)
And multitudes of wishes for Warm, Bright Holidays.

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