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I met Joe & Nancy during my stint at Central Peninsula Children’s Advocacy Center. They attended CPCAC’s “Grand Group“, a grandparents raising their grandchildren support group. With their quick wits and genuine care for humanity, especially children, I quickly became a fan.

I was enthralled with their tales of homesteading and operating a general store out in the middle of nowhere, north of Fairbanks. The shear strength of character these two have is that of a respectable sourdough quality even before factoring in the foster parenting part.

Knowing the love and compassion they have for children and the efforts they have gone to over the years is simply based on the miraculous.

Nancy has even written a children’s book titled Elliot the Moose. Moose being my favorite creatures automatically made her a star! 🤩 What’s not to love about these people?

My copy of Elliot the Moose

The Carlson’s closed up shop and moved closer to family. Despite the notion posted in this article, they are still around. I hope to see their next book published soon, chronicling their experiences raising their 25 children.

For me, these two are iconic Alaskan Sourdoughs, of which I’m privileged to have met! And they set the bar high for me!


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  1. […] also write a book. I’ve met or interacted with several such Sourdoughs in my little circle (like these folks) with multiple titles published and I’m in awe of their […]

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