Natalie Bright Graham is in Alaska!

Posted by Monica Hoel
Natalie Bright Graham has adopted a Moose. But it’s not what you think.

She and her husband are living in Fairbanks, Alaska, and they do get to routinely see moose wandering through the neighborhood. But the Moose she has adopted is a Chocolate Lab they named Moose. “We fostered him for 4 or 5 months, but now we’ve adopted him.”

Moose is joining Natalie as she adjusts to living in a place where life is far different from her Lynchburg home. Her husband is stationed there for his work in the military, and she admits she hopes the next assignment will be at least a little warmer. “It’s 25 below zero today.”

But she is prepared for the conditions. The daylight is on short supply right now (on Dec. 15, sunrise in Fairbanks was at 10:52 am, and sunset was at 2:39 pm), so she’s been advised to get a “light pad” – which is a bit like a computer tablet that just gives out extra light on these extra long nights. During the summer months they use dark-out curtains so they can get the house dark enough to sleep. And, an extra long parka comes in handy when the pup wants to go for a walk.

Moose knows to stay under the covers as long as possible. Moose knows to stay under the covers as long as possible.“We even got Moose some warm gear – including booties so his feet won’t freeze out there!” She says he doesn’t love wearing them, but he seems to appreciate the thought.

Natalie is currently working at the local blood bank, which she loves because she is a long-time blood donor herself. A double-major in French and International studies, she spent a year in China teaching English. Following that, she was an au pair for a French family for two months, living in a little town called Fontainebleau, about 45 minutes south of Paris. She made day trips into the city to spend time with fellow alumna, Ana-Belen Gomez-Hinojosa (E&H ’17) who was living in Paris at the time.

She’s not sure what her next career move might be, or, what their next address might be. But if Moose has anything to say about it, they will likely choose a spot where the booties won’t be necessary.

You can enjoy a conversation with Natalie on The Duck Pond Wall podcast wherever you listen to podcasts!

  • Natalie Bright Graham
    Emory & Henry Class of 2016

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1855-gabbie-rhodes-is-teaching-in-a-forest-pre-school"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg" alt="Gabbie Rhodes, Emory & Henry Class of 2016" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2400" data-max-h="3200" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1855-gabbie-rhodes-is-teaching-in-a-forest-pre-school">Gabbie Rhodes Is Teaching in a Forest Pre-School</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Parents of a certain vintage are famous for the line, “Go outside and play.” But these days a lot of parents are saying, “Go outside and LEARN.” <a href="/live/news/1855-gabbie-rhodes-is-teaching-in-a-forest-pre-school" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1739-richard-graves-says-art-makes-our-communities"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg" alt="Richard Graves Emory & Henry Class of 2008." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2573" data-max-h="2756" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1739-richard-graves-says-art-makes-our-communities">Richard Graves Says Art Makes Our Communities Stronger</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> If you think Richard Graves is dreaming that his art will end up in a glitzy New York gallery, think again. <a href="/live/news/1739-richard-graves-says-art-makes-our-communities" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/903-headed-to-the-virginia-highlands-festival-this"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/383,118,1175,910/6560_67371737_644792832707714_971696063926763520_n.rev.1563759429.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/383,118,1175,910/6560_67371737_644792832707714_971696063926763520_n.rev.1563759429.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/383,118,1175,910/6560_67371737_644792832707714_971696063926763520_n.rev.1563759429.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/383,118,1175,910/6560_67371737_644792832707714_971696063926763520_n.rev.1563759429.jpg" alt="Liv Jennings, E&H Class of 2019." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/383,118,1175,910/6560_67371737_644792832707714_971696063926763520_n.rev.1563759429.jpg 2x" data-max-w="792" data-max-h="792" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/903-headed-to-the-virginia-highlands-festival-this">Headed to the Virginia Highlands Festival This Week?</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Look for a 2019 E&H grad (Liv Jennings) who’s making the event thrive! <a href="/live/news/903-headed-to-the-virginia-highlands-festival-this" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>