Pioneer Potluck: In celebration of my little brother Jim McClure’s 71st birthday

By Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 would have been my little brother Jim McClure’s 71 birthday. I remember the morning my Dad… Continue reading

People valuing people is what makes our country good

How would you define a model citizen of the United States? How would such a person live? What would a good citizen do and value?… Continue reading

The Scandinavian shop of the author’s great-grandma. (Photo provided by Victoria Petersen)

Why fall is a favorite

This is my favorite time of year. Maybe because I was born teeter-tottering on the cusp of Leo and Virgo, one part holds on to… Continue reading

The Scandinavian shop of the author’s great-grandma. (Photo provided by Victoria Petersen)

Pioneer Potluck: Eggless, milkless, butterless cake

Eggless, milkless, butterless cake I have a wonderful recipe that Mom sent to me in 1967 when I first got to Alaska with very little… Continue reading

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls.’ (Universal Pictures)

‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ never lives up to its potential

There are many things to like about this week’s amusing and affable horror-lite kids movie, “The House with a Clock in Its Walls.” For one,… Continue reading

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls.’ (Universal Pictures)

Pioneer Potluck: A reflection of the memories of the Hunger Hut Bar

Year — 1967 All the men I knew got their jobs going to Hunger Hut and all the bosses knew where to find hungry, anxious… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: The Last Rose of Summer

The Last Rose of Summer By Dave Thompson Kenai, Alaska The thunder rolls in tempo on this September day Signaling the Autumn as Summer fades… Continue reading

There is a Word for It

Visiting with my friend the other day, she used the word “slumgullion” to describe what she had fixed to eat when her granddaughters called and… Continue reading

  • Sep 23, 2018

A different kind of stash

A few weeks ago, my bride picked up a chest cold that was so nasty her coughs and sneezes began to register on seismic meters… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: Bittersweet

Bittersweet By Lori Lindsay, Soldotna I didn’t know my life could change, I didn’t know it needed to. But you were an unexpected miracle That… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About memories of Grandpa and Grandma Cogswell

Grandma Freda Cogswell was my mother’s Mom. She was born in 1895 and died in 1976. Her birthday was the 15th of September, which brings… Continue reading

The Recycling Bin: Rethink your lawn

Consider rethinking the lawn. Americans spend over $30 billion (yes, billion) a year on their lawns. Eight hundred million gallons of gas to cut grass… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About your very first day at school

I was five years old when I started school, no pre-kindergarten, no kindergarten, no preschool. (And that was really the name of the school!) My… Continue reading

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Best Bets

Everyone talks about the Ides of March, but does anyone care about the Ides of September? That would be Saturday, the 15th. Oh, sure, the… Continue reading

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A woman ties a ribbon to a memorial to Katie Kennedy at this year’s Burning Basket, Dream, on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at Mariner Park in Homer, Alaska. The photo shows Kennedy placing her bra in the 2017 Burning Basket. Kennedy died of breast cancer this year. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

An intimate view of the Burning Basket from formation to flames

The image came via text in early June: a lilac-painted 1972 Volkswagen van set against a picturesque backdrop of nettles and fireweed. Not a bad… Continue reading

A woman ties a ribbon to a memorial to Katie Kennedy at this year’s Burning Basket, Dream, on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at Mariner Park in Homer, Alaska. The photo shows Kennedy placing her bra in the 2017 Burning Basket. Kennedy died of breast cancer this year. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Poet’s Corner: Florence

Florence The Name Means Flourishing Prosperity (Perhaps It’s An Offer From God…) by Norm Olson Fires in the west and storms in the east While the middle… Continue reading

‘The Nun’ — a rollercoaster of scares

This time of year, heading into the Halloween season always makes me think about my own relationship to horror movies. I remember catching bits of… Continue reading

Monthly musings: September, the harvest month

September is the ninth month of the year and is called the Harvest Month. This month is the third of four months with thirty days.… Continue reading

Where to get rid of used oil

Where to get rid of used oil Used oil is accepted for recycling by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department 10 gallons at a… Continue reading

Minister’s message: How to take a break

A quote that is attributed to Aristotle observes that “nature abhors a vacuum.” He based his conclusion on the observation that nature requires every space… Continue reading