This enlarged section of Dr. David H. Sleem’s 1910 map of the Kenai Mining District shows the Shackleford Cabin just above the Kenai River outlet on lower Kenai Lake. The stream entering the lake at the far right is Quartz Creek.

A tale of two Shacklefords, in a way — part two

New facts intruded upon my easy solution to the origins of the eponymously named creek and cabin.

This enlarged section of Dr. David H. Sleem’s 1910 map of the Kenai Mining District shows the Shackleford Cabin just above the Kenai River outlet on lower Kenai Lake. The stream entering the lake at the far right is Quartz Creek.
This portrait—one of few that Richard Shackelford reportedly allowed to be published—graced the 1909 commencement booklet for the California Polytechnic School, of which he was the president of the Board of Trustees. (Photo courtesy Clark Fair)

A tale of Two Shacklefords, in a way — part three

Untangling the origins of Shackleford Creek’s name.

This portrait—one of few that Richard Shackelford reportedly allowed to be published—graced the 1909 commencement booklet for the California Polytechnic School, of which he was the president of the Board of Trustees. (Photo courtesy Clark Fair)
Photo by Clark Fair                                Fred Shackleford’s grave (second from right) in the Point Comfort Cemetery near Hope is featured in this undated photo.

A tale of two Shacklefords, in a way — part one

The mystery of Shackleford Creek had me baffled for quite some time.

Photo by Clark Fair                                Fred Shackleford’s grave (second from right) in the Point Comfort Cemetery near Hope is featured in this undated photo.
Rhubarb preserves in cardamom spiced ice cream are pictured in this Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kalifornsky Kitchen: Rhubarb, the cool way

Rhubarb is everywhere.

  • Jun 16, 2020
Rhubarb preserves in cardamom spiced ice cream are pictured in this Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Minister’s Message: Finding hope in dark times

Minister’s Message: Finding hope in dark times

A life lived without hope is like a life lived without love.

Minister’s Message: Finding hope in dark times
Morel pasta is enjoyed outside on May 19, 2019, near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kalifornsky Kitchen: Morels all the ways

When the Swan Lake Fire started, we knew we had an opportunity to get even more morels.

Morel pasta is enjoyed outside on May 19, 2019, near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)

Life in the Pedestrian Lane: It’s all in the game

It’s amazing what a deck of cards or a set of dice can teach a young person.

  • Jun 7, 2020
Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)
Kachemak Cuisine: Find comfort in hard times by cooking good food

Kachemak Cuisine: Find comfort in hard times by cooking good food

The first tastes of spring for me are rhubarb, fresh-caught fish from Kachemak Bay and chives.

Kachemak Cuisine: Find comfort in hard times by cooking good food
Fiddlehead ferns shooting up from the ground, on May 24 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Foraging for fiddleheads

Springtime in Alaska is the beginning of foraging season for me.

Fiddlehead ferns shooting up from the ground, on May 24 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A simple syrup made from locally harvested spruce tips is photographed in the author’s Anchorage kitchen on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion

Sprucing up summer cocktails

The spruce tip simple syrup goes great in a lot of cocktails.

A simple syrup made from locally harvested spruce tips is photographed in the author’s Anchorage kitchen on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion
Kachemak Cuisine: Teri’s Special Spinach Salad is perfect for Memorial Day weekend

Kachemak Cuisine: Teri’s Special Spinach Salad is perfect for Memorial Day weekend

This tasty salad is packed with lots of goodies and is substantial enough to be a main course.

Kachemak Cuisine: Teri’s Special Spinach Salad is perfect for Memorial Day weekend

Quarantine and taxes

When the first stay-at-home mandates came out, I jumped into it with a “carpe diem” kind of energy.

Ready, set, edit!

Ready, set, edit!

Even as a follower of Jesus, we can often feel like we keep needing editing.

  • May 14, 2020
Ready, set, edit!
Minister’s Message: In a time of crisis, look beyond the obstacles ahead
Minister’s Message: In a time of crisis, look beyond the obstacles ahead
Jane Wiebe’s wheelbarrow of lovely tubers will cause any potato aficionado’s heart to sing. The photo was taken on Oct. 7, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Cuisine: Try these spicy potato recipes

Recall when you tried sriracha for the first time?

Jane Wiebe’s wheelbarrow of lovely tubers will cause any potato aficionado’s heart to sing. The photo was taken on Oct. 7, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)
Nick Varney

Believe it or not, there’s a bright side

Don’t worry, I’m not going to jump into the COVID-19 kerfuffle.

Nick Varney
Dutch babies, golden, eggy, puffy pancakes most often baked in a cast-iron skillet, can be paired with sweet or savory ingredients. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)                                Dutch babies, golden, eggy, puffy pancakes most often baked in a cast-iron skillet, can be paired with sweet or savory ingredients. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kalifornsky Kitchen: Puffy pancakes help fill downtime at home

Dutch babies are a golden, eggy, puffy pancake that can be served sweet or savory.

Dutch babies, golden, eggy, puffy pancakes most often baked in a cast-iron skillet, can be paired with sweet or savory ingredients. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)                                Dutch babies, golden, eggy, puffy pancakes most often baked in a cast-iron skillet, can be paired with sweet or savory ingredients. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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Minister’s Message: Create in me a clean heart, O God

Youth are highly valued and loved by God.

  • Apr 23, 2020
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Kachemak Cuisine: Sourdough pancakes are an Alaska classic

Kachemak Cuisine: Sourdough pancakes are an Alaska classic

What makes you forget about this insanity right now?

Kachemak Cuisine: Sourdough pancakes are an Alaska classic
A Sheepish Tale

A Sheepish Tale

In August 1963, my long-time neighbor and my father flew into the Tustumena benchlands.

  • Apr 18, 2020
A Sheepish Tale