Tamie and I have decided to part ways. The details are personal, as they always are, so I will not expand too much on my blog. We have essentially decided to pursue separate interests. It’s a difficult decision. In many ways we were compatible and really good for each other, but in other ways it was a difficult match. I suppose at some point, two people have to decide whether they want to build on the good and work through the difficult stuff or whether it would be better to pursue their own path.

Although I believe our separation is for the best, it’s been a difficult transition for me. It is not easy to lose a best friend and partner of two years. Not easy at all. I decided to come back to the States, returning a bit early from Alaska. I am landing here in Huron, South Dakota, staying with my parents, which has been surprisingly refreshing and comforting. I say “surprisingly” because going from the exotic and rugged land of Alaska to the flat Midwest didn’t sound as thrilling as one might think from reading the travel brochure. Still, it’s been great to connect with my parents and with my sister, who is getting married in the fall.

It has also been comforting to be in the quiet and calm Midwest. Coming back to the Midwest has been good, although I can definitely say that I am not a Midwest kind of guy anymore, even though it is the place where I have roots. For now, though, it has been great.

What’s up for me next? I continue the eternal struggle as to whether I want to pursue an academic career with ministry growing out of academics or whether I want to pursue ministry as a primary vocation and let academics grow out of ministry. Hhhmmm…I’ll continue to sort through that. For now, though, I will be applying to more grad school. Which ever way I resolve the eternal struggle, I feel really good about getting more education, either pursuing a Ph.D. or an M.Div.

Salutations from Huron, South Dakota.

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

5 thoughts on “Changes”

  1. to hear itI am sorry to hear of it, sure like both you and Tami a lot; such way cool people you are … but I can not say that I do not understand enough to know that sometimes LIFE just happens, you know, and we learn and grow and go on from there … sure wish for you each the very best, all the time …


  2. You need to come visit me and kNickerbox….perhaps you can extend your labor day trip 🙂 Would love to catch up…call me, email me, Skype me, send smoke signals friend!


  3. It was just yesterday Andy Kerr. In a May 1 blog post just over 2 months ago about getting married.

    Since you got divorced so quickly, would you say that you were never really married to begin with? Or were you married, but one or more of your vows were broken resulting in a legitimate divorce? I’ve wondered about this for a while. Specifically with couples who have been together for years prior to getting married and then getting divorced quickly.


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