Meredith Harber (courtesy)

Minister’s Message: Cleaning house — for the spirit

Winter is a great time to think about the “bushel” of stuff that we have in our lives

Meredith Harber (courtesy)
Rice noodles, tofu, lemon grass, cilantro, shrimp and bean sprouts top this homemade pho. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: Pho, abbreviated

Make this satisfying broth and noodle dish at home

Rice noodles, tofu, lemon grass, cilantro, shrimp and bean sprouts top this homemade pho. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Nick Varney

Unhinged Alaska: Not quite the Olympics … but

This unhinged winter and its obnoxious attitude has been an eye-opener

Nick Varney
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Getting creative on a rainy day

Our streak of rainy days last week tested my creativity. Filling the hours of our day with educational, developmentally challenging activity is hard enough on… Continue reading

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Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)

Life in the Pedestrian Lane: Lost in Space

I grew up in a big old two-storied farmhouse. It was pretty much the same as the houses of most of my friends. We lived… Continue reading

Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)
Photos from Seward Community Library Association collection in Alaska Digital Archives
S.S. Yukon is perched half left on the rocks after the steamship broke in half, the stern sank out of sight. This forward section remained wedged on the rocks off Cape Fairfield, near the entrance of Prince William Sound.

The heroic rise and tragic fall of ‘The Screaming Swede’ — Part 2

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is the second part of a two-part story about Jimmy Johnson, a commercial fisherman who suffered an ignominious demise on the Kenai… Continue reading

Photos from Seward Community Library Association collection in Alaska Digital Archives
S.S. Yukon is perched half left on the rocks after the steamship broke in half, the stern sank out of sight. This forward section remained wedged on the rocks off Cape Fairfield, near the entrance of Prince William Sound.
A copy of Fiona and Jane is held on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 near Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Off the Shelf: “Fiona and Jane” a moving tale of female friendships and the Asian American experience

Off the Shelf is a bimonthly literature column written by the staff of The Peninsula Clarion.

A copy of Fiona and Jane is held on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 near Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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On the strawberry patch: Bites of romance

Valentine’s butter cookies offer flavors of love

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This is the memorial plaque that since 2001 has adorned the grave of James William Johnson, also known as “The Screaming Swede.” Photo courtesy of Peggy Arness.

The heroic rise and tragic fall of ‘The Screaming Swede’ — Part 1

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I would like to thank Peggy Arness for access to her history files and the Resurrection Bay Historical Society for access to its… Continue reading

This is the memorial plaque that since 2001 has adorned the grave of James William Johnson, also known as “The Screaming Swede.” Photo courtesy of Peggy Arness.
Will Morrow (courtesy)

Bringing it to the house

For pure hypnotic value, it’s hard to beat curling.

Will Morrow (courtesy)
An e-reader displays part of "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Off the Shelf: “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” is a good way to pass a gloomy winter day

Maybe it’s cliche to read books about relationships for February. But, then again, maybe whether or not something is cliche doesn’t make it good or… Continue reading

An e-reader displays part of "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
A traditional dish of the Lunar New Year, rice cake soup features beef, rice cakes, green onions, toased sushi nori and eggs. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: Making a fresh start

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with rice cake soup

A traditional dish of the Lunar New Year, rice cake soup features beef, rice cakes, green onions, toased sushi nori and eggs. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Nick Varney

Unhinged Alaska: Hey Julius, the Ides of January are topping the suckometer, too

The unremitting inundation set a record for our little cabin by the sea.

Nick Varney
The spruce-covered cliffs behind Cliff House were the inspiration for the cabin’s name. (Photo courtesy of the Fair Family Collection)

Twists and turns in the history of Cliff House — Part 3

So many oddities. So many contradictions. So many holes in the story.

The spruce-covered cliffs behind Cliff House were the inspiration for the cabin’s name. (Photo courtesy of the Fair Family Collection)
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Minister’s Message: What unites? Being one in Christ

It seems everywhere you look and on every level people are gridlocked

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The secret to this homemade vegetarian lasagna is the addition of fresh noodles from scratch. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: The secret’s in the noodles

Handmade pasta adds layers of flavor to vegetable lasagna

The secret to this homemade vegetarian lasagna is the addition of fresh noodles from scratch. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)

Life in the Pedestrian Lane: Downtime

Now here we are, two-thirds of the way through the longest month of the year

Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)
Robert “Bob” Huttle, posing here next to Cliff House, spent the night in this cabin in April 1934 and mused about a possible murder there. (Photo courtesy of the Huttle Collection)

Twists and turns in the history of Cliff House — Part 2

How much of the doctor’s actions Bob Huttle knew when he stayed in Cliff House 10 years later is difficult to know.

Robert “Bob” Huttle, posing here next to Cliff House, spent the night in this cabin in April 1934 and mused about a possible murder there. (Photo courtesy of the Huttle Collection)
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Achieving the crispy, flaky layers of golden goodness of a croissant require precision and skill. (Photo by Tresa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: Reaching the pinnacle of patisserie

Croissants take precision and skill, but the results can be delightful

Achieving the crispy, flaky layers of golden goodness of a croissant require precision and skill. (Photo by Tresa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)