Nick Varney

Unhinged Alaska: This purge won’t be a movie sequel

What’s forthcoming is a very rare occurrence and, in my case, uncommon as bifocals on a Shih Tzu puppy

 

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Being content with what you don’t know

How’s your negative capability doing?

 

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Local Tlingit beader Jill Kaasteen Meserve is making waves as her work becomes more widely known, both in Juneau and the Lower 48.

Old styles in new ways: Beader talks art and octopus bags

She’s been selected for both a local collection and a major Indigenous art market

 

A copy of “The Fragile Earth” rests on a typewriter on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Off the Shelf: Seeking transformation in the face of catastrophe

Potent words on climate change resonate across decades

A copy of “The Fragile Earth” rests on a typewriter on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Gochujang dressing spices up tofu, lettuce, veggies and sprouts. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: Healthy life starts with healthy food

Gochujang salad dressing turns veggies and tofu into an exciting meal

Gochujang dressing spices up tofu, lettuce, veggies and sprouts. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)

Life in the Pedestrian Lane: Spring Fever

“OK, Boomer” is supposed to be the current put down by the “woke generation”

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A headstone for J.E. Hill is photographhed in Anchorage, Alaska. (Findagrave.com)

Night falls on the Daylight Kid — Part 2

“Bob,” he said, “that crazy fool is shooting at us.”

A headstone for J.E. Hill is photographhed in Anchorage, Alaska. (Findagrave.com)
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Minister’s Message: Has spring sprung in your life?

Christ also offers us an eternal springtime of love, hope and life

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Eggs Benedict are served with hollandaise on a bed of arugula and prosciutto. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: Honoring motherhood, in joy and in sorrow

Many who have suffered this loss believe they must bear it in silence for the sake of propriety

Eggs Benedict are served with hollandaise on a bed of arugula and prosciutto. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Page from Seward daily gateway. (Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum, Juneau, A.K.)

Night falls on the Daylight Kid — Part 1

Night Falls on the Daylight Kid—Part One By Clark Fair

Page from Seward daily gateway. (Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum, Juneau, A.K.)
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Minister’s Message: Spread love in these challenging times

I don’t know about you all, but the world feels pretty rough these days

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A copy of “Firefighting: the Financial Crisis and Its Lessons” rests against a typewriter on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Off the Shelf: An economy on fire

“Firefighting: The Financial Crisis and Its Lessons” gives a retrospective on the 2008 financial crisis

A copy of “Firefighting: the Financial Crisis and Its Lessons” rests against a typewriter on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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Prints are featured in the “Open Watercolor” show at the Kenai Art Center on Wednesday.

Playing with paint

Art center’s new exhibit displays the versatility of watercolors

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Prints are featured in the “Open Watercolor” show at the Kenai Art Center on Wednesday.
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Artist Amber Webb starts works on a new drawing at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Her work will be on display at the gallery through the month of May.

Where the waters mixed

Artist uses art to explore the blurred boundaries between sorrow and celebration, hardship and healing

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Artist Amber Webb starts works on a new drawing at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Her work will be on display at the gallery through the month of May.
Kalbi ribs can be served with an assortment of side dishes, including white rice, kimchi, roasted garlic cloves, broccoli salad, dumplings and soup. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: Marking 1 year with a festive feast

Kalbi marinade makes ribs that taste like a party

Kalbi ribs can be served with an assortment of side dishes, including white rice, kimchi, roasted garlic cloves, broccoli salad, dumplings and soup. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On Oct. 3, 1945, the Spokane Chronicle published this A.P. photo of Miriam Mathers and her goats as she prepared to board a Seattle steamship bound for Seward.

Tragedy and triumph of the Goat Woman — Part 4

Mathers had only three cents in her purse when she arrived in Kenai

On Oct. 3, 1945, the Spokane Chronicle published this A.P. photo of Miriam Mathers and her goats as she prepared to board a Seattle steamship bound for Seward.
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Moving on

I suggested to my wife that we could replace the old kids’ car with something “fun”

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Minister’s Message: It’s all about love

Love is a daily, moment-by-moment action that we choose to be a part of or not.

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Writer Toni Jensen is part of the visiting faculty teaching at the 25th Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference. (Photo provided)

It’s back: Writers’ Conference returns

20th Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference returns in new location in downtown Homer.

Writer Toni Jensen is part of the visiting faculty teaching at the 25th Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference. (Photo provided)
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This photo shows “Old Woman With Berries in Her Lap,” a poetry collection by Wrangell writer and poet Vivian Faith Prescott. She recently released two books, the second being “My Father’s Smokehouse,” a combination of recipes and stories.

Southeast author releases ‘foodoir’ and book of poetry

The prolific author and poet has been working for years on the two books

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This photo shows “Old Woman With Berries in Her Lap,” a poetry collection by Wrangell writer and poet Vivian Faith Prescott. She recently released two books, the second being “My Father’s Smokehouse,” a combination of recipes and stories.