Genie_Hambrick_CheechakoMy name is Genie Hambrick, and I moved to Homer, Alaska, on June 3, 2012. This is an account of why and how I got here, and what it’s like to be a newcomer, a cheechako, in a small town in our country’s Last Frontier.

For most of my writing life, I’ve been crafting words for someone else’s agenda. And for the most part, I’ve done a pretty good job.  I’ve never wrecked an organization’s reputation or budget. In fact, I think I pretty much always helped in those areas. But occasionally I provided the easy pickin’s of a typographical error to give some people something to fuss about while their decisions and actions, or lack thereof, affected people’s lives and jobs.

How perfect then that I launched this blog with a typographical error in its URL. You’ve found me now, I hope, at Not I’m not sure there are dairy farms in Alaska.