‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ — an inventive sequel that brings something new to the table

Sequels used to be an really iffy business. But, “Cars” notwithstanding, the crew over at Disney/Pixar seem to be able to defy the odds again… Continue reading

Traffic moves west along I-70 near Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. I-70 is closed west of Junction City, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Pioneer Potluck: About blizzards in Northern Colorado

East and north of Fort Collins, Colorado 1940s and 1950s In Alaska, what someone called a blizzard does not hold a candle to the blizzard… Continue reading

Traffic moves west along I-70 near Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. I-70 is closed west of Junction City, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

‘The Noel Stranger’ — a familiar, yet cozy holiday tale

You thought you knew what was inside the box. Though it was wrapped, you could tell what it was. You shook it, upended it, and… Continue reading

A father helps his daughter light a candle on their menorah at the Briat Elohim Jewish Congregation Hanukkah party on Dec. 1, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Local Jewish congregation celebrated Hanukkah with the tradition of latkes

Hanukkah, which began Sunday, is an eight-day event celebrating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C. when the Maccabees… Continue reading

A father helps his daughter light a candle on their menorah at the Briat Elohim Jewish Congregation Hanukkah party on Dec. 1, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Peninsula judo fighters dominate the Alaska judo scene

A late beginning to the 2018-2019 judo season for the reigning Alaska State Judo Champion Sterling Judo Club quickly resumed with the club’s winning ways.… Continue reading

  • Dec 3, 2018

Go classy; go green — Switch to cloth napkins

Cloth napkins add such a nice touch to a meal, be it a picnic or a formal gathering. They can be plain or highly decorative.… Continue reading

December cold, but where’s the snow?

The first day observed in December is on the 7th, which is Pearl Harbor Day. This day is observed annually in the United States to… Continue reading

  • Dec 1, 2018
4-H member Bailey Epperheimer exhibits her 226 pound pig during a livestock auction at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Saturday, August 18, 2018 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

4-H Friday Family Fun Night

4-H Friday Family Fun Night Have you ever wondered what 4-H is all about? Were you in 4-H and want your kids to be too?… Continue reading

  • Nov 30, 2018
4-H member Bailey Epperheimer exhibits her 226 pound pig during a livestock auction at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Saturday, August 18, 2018 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Never Home Alone’ — a tale of creepy, crawly invaders you should invite in

Ahhhhh, a quiet night at home. You’ve been promising yourselves that for a long time. A nice dinner. Maybe a movie, or soft music and… Continue reading

Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg

Pioneer Potluck: About words we used and fun sayings!

I grew up with all kinds of fun sayings. Our Dad had some that I am sure he made up! Grandpa Cogswell had some that… Continue reading

Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ fails to justify its existence

There are certain movies that I think we can all agree are just unnecessary. That doesn’t mean that they are bad or good, just that… Continue reading

This undated photo provided by America’s Test Kitchen in October 2018 shows a roast turkey in Brookline, Mass. This recipe appears in the cookbook “ATB Holiday Entertaining.” (Daniel J. van Ackere/America’s Test Kitchen via AP)

Learning for Life: Déjà Vu or Déjà Food?

Déjà Vu or Déjà Food? Let’s face it, leftover foods get a bad rap. What if those leftovers were reimagined and turned into something different;… Continue reading

  • Nov 25, 2018
This undated photo provided by America’s Test Kitchen in October 2018 shows a roast turkey in Brookline, Mass. This recipe appears in the cookbook “ATB Holiday Entertaining.” (Daniel J. van Ackere/America’s Test Kitchen via AP)

Recycling Bin: Rethink, Rearrange, Revisualize

Rethink, Rearrange, Revisualize Diamond is one of the hardest known materials. Diamond can tolerate high levels of radiation and does not trigger an immune response.… Continue reading

Ponders from an old, semi-benchwarmer

Now that major feasting has morphed into refrigerator raids on leftover stashes left unguarded and not frozen into future homemade TV dinners, it’s time to… Continue reading

‘Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey’ — a helpful primer on giving thanks

A great big bear. That’s what you’ve sounded like all week: a growl here, a snort there, grump, grump, snarl. Everything that could go wrong… Continue reading

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                                Christine Kulcheski wears a 1980s era jacket by Linda Skelton at the 2018 Wearable Arts last Saturday.

‘Time Traveling’ shows Wearable Arts of past, present and maybe future

The Homer Fiber Arts Collective and Bunnell Street Arts Center powered up its time machine last Saturday for the 2018 Wearable Arts show. Titled “Time… Continue reading

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                                Christine Kulcheski wears a 1980s era jacket by Linda Skelton at the 2018 Wearable Arts last Saturday.

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ — a gorgeous, nearly unwatchable masterpiece

If I really stop to think about it, Joel and Ethan Coen are probably my favorite all around filmmakers because I’ve never seen a movie… Continue reading

A measuring cup full of bog cranberries (Vaccinium oxycoccos) is seen in the kitchen of Erin Anais Heist on Oct. 14, 2018. (Erin Anais Heist | For the Juneau Empire)

Pioneer Potluck: How times change

1937 TO 2018 I was born on a small farm at the end of the Depression in 1937. My first memories are sitting in a… Continue reading

A measuring cup full of bog cranberries (Vaccinium oxycoccos) is seen in the kitchen of Erin Anais Heist on Oct. 14, 2018. (Erin Anais Heist | For the Juneau Empire)
Single-use plastic bags litter the side of Lake Street on Sept. 25, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Recycling Bin: Turn the tide against plastic

Turning the tide on plastic pollution requires the commitment of industry and consumers. Last month more than 275 brands, retailers, recyclers, governments and NGOs from… Continue reading

Single-use plastic bags litter the side of Lake Street on Sept. 25, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Life in the Pedestrian Lane: Mom sez…

By VIRGINIA WALTERS Life in the Pedestrian Lane Have you ever really considered how much your mother has influenced your life in ways you probably… Continue reading