Fran Tate's Love of the Community

Fran Tate, a long-time resident of a small community, shares her experiences and perspectives on life. Having worked as a Mobile Oil representative and lubricating engineer, Fran has been actively involved in the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and the Business and Professional Women’s Club. The sense of community here on the North Slope and genuine interactions between residents makes her feel valued and appreciated. She contrasts this with the fast-paced, impersonal nature of big city life, where casual greetings lack depth and people often focus on materialistic pursuits to keep up with others. Fran emphasizes that her contentment in her current location stems from her positive mindset, rather than material wealth or convenience. She acknowledges the things she misses, such as live jazz music, but overall she appreciates the unique entertainment provided by nature, such as the Northern Lights and the excitement of local Iñupiaq whaling events.