Harvester Island Learning Lessons

Last week I was on Harvester Island, Alaska. I saw old friends, and made new ones. We all share the same love for words.

After you see and breathe the beauty of Harvester Island, (and surroundings) you think life couldn’t get better.

Clear view of Katmai Mountains.

Then you hear great words read aloud…the Word read aloud.

It makes a world of difference.

You taste salmon from the Uyak Bay, and dark, sweet venison, and Alaskan crab. I ate too much, but I’m not sorry. How often do you taste such wonders?

Salmon jerky

Photo is not mine.
Immature Eagle
Ann Voskamp
Amy & Shalom picking fish

King Sea lion
Sea otter
Mama and baby otter

Right Now Media was about to film Leslie Leyland Fields’ lessons on Your Story for His Glory. I know about writing truth, she has spoken it before, yet there are times when I have blurted out words without thinking. Words on paper, Facebook, or other social media cannot be taken back.

These things have to be taken seriously.

You must put your pen (or computer) into the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

We must wrestle with God to find the right words. We must guard against saying words flippantly, or out of anger. We must be kind and honest at the same time.

As I came away, thinking possibly it was my last time on Harvester, I thought I had learned well. My notes carefully placed in my suitcase. Writing exercises in rough draft, some might go beyond those first stages.

I had shared a piece that was hurtful, though in my mind I was the bully in the story. I read aloud.

I was filmed. Later mortified.

I hurt someone dear to me.

Thankfully, the film will be cut there and I will save face.

A powerful lesson: be humble and be kind.

Remember always to be truthful.

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6 thoughts on “Harvester Island Learning Lessons

  1. Amy Z

    Diane, thank you so much for these well-thought comments. What a good reminder to look for the leading of The Spirit as we write!
    I sure appreciated getting to know you and look forward to seeing more posts. (The pictures are lovely!)

  2. I’ve been saving this post in my inbox so I could savor at leisure the vicarious experience of your time on Harvester Island. You do such a good job sharing your travels both visually and verbally.

  3. Thank you Michele. It is a wild place and I love adventure! All was well with my spirit. There is something in me that wakes when we go out in the skiffs. (Possibly my Viking heritage). Leslie is a fantastic teacher and she has such a heart for writers.Thanks again.

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