Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Mike Chihuly and his wife, Shirley, greet a passerby while he signs copies of his recently published book, "Alaska Fish and Fire," on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at the annual Peninsula Art Guild's Fine Arts and Crafts Fair in Kenai, Alaska.

As the story unfolds

Ninilchik resident Mike Chihuly has lived enough lives to write several books since moving to Alaska more than 60 years ago. Instead, he packed them… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Mike Chihuly and his wife, Shirley, greet a passerby while he signs copies of his recently published book, "Alaska Fish and Fire," on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at the annual Peninsula Art Guild's Fine Arts and Crafts Fair in Kenai, Alaska.

Poet’s Corner: Where Luck Comes In

Where Luck Comes InBy Brent Johnson, Clam GulchThe edge of English morphs a bitas tongues go scuttling over it.A younger ear now seldom learnsabout a… Continue reading

Reeling it in: ‘Don’t Think Twice’ about getting a shot at your dream

“Don’t Think Twice”The Film Arcade1 hour, 32 minutesThis week, as the theaters seem to be holding their breath in anticipation of “Star Wars: Rogue One”… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: 'Cradles of Power' looks at the people who raised presidents

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Cradles of Power’ looks at the people who raised presidents

Your parents had such high hopes for you.You were going to make it, and make something of yourself. You’d have a better life than they… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: 'Cradles of Power' looks at the people who raised presidents

What’s Happening

Best Bets ■ Christmas in the Park is Saturday at Soldotna Creek Park. Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, the tree lighting and a screening of the… Continue reading

This image released by Disney shows characters Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson, right, and Moana, voiced by Auli'i Cravalho, in a scene from the animated film, "Moana."  (Disney via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Moana’ authentic in its storytelling

“Moana”Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures1 hour, 43 minutesThe holiday season brings with it risky Oscar-bait ventures that studios hope will connect with audiences despite not… Continue reading

This image released by Disney shows characters Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson, right, and Moana, voiced by Auli'i Cravalho, in a scene from the animated film, "Moana."  (Disney via AP)

Poem: Ode to a Christmas Tree

Ode To A Christmas TreeBy Trish Thomson, KenaiEach year at the start of the Christmas Season I begin to wonder about where to get a… Continue reading

Brian Duffy, center, as Uncle Drosselmeyer, distributes gifts to children in the party scene during rehearsals last Friday at the Homer Mariner Theatre.

Homer Nutcracker ballet continues the magic

Homer might be as cold as Moscow this winter, but when it comes to the annual production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, citizens, we’re not talking the… Continue reading

Brian Duffy, center, as Uncle Drosselmeyer, distributes gifts to children in the party scene during rehearsals last Friday at the Homer Mariner Theatre.
The Bookworm Sez: Book filled with fascinating historical nuggets

The Bookworm Sez: Book filled with fascinating historical nuggets

Was your old high school history teacher wrong?You can’t imagine so; she taught you all about World Wars I and II, America’s past, and British… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: Book filled with fascinating historical nuggets
Eve Kilcher stirs a pot of chicken soup while holding Sparrow. The Kilcher's kitchen, which is the backdrop of the cover photo on Homestead Kitchen, was under construction for the majority of the time the Kilchers worked on the cookbook.

Kilcher cookbook depicts delicious life

“Homestead Kitchen” was born out of the same kind of connection that started the Kilcher family’s reality television show — a Facebook message to Eivin… Continue reading

Eve Kilcher stirs a pot of chicken soup while holding Sparrow. The Kilcher's kitchen, which is the backdrop of the cover photo on Homestead Kitchen, was under construction for the majority of the time the Kilchers worked on the cookbook.

What’s Happening

■ Annual Christmas Comes to Kenai events are Friday. At 10 a.m., the doors open for the Kenai Arts Guild arts and craft fair at… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: Recovery Road

Recovery RoadBy Bonnie Marie Playle, SoldotnaThis road called Recovery,what a road it can be,with its hills, dales and valleys.Some are short, while some are long,all… Continue reading

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Eddie Redmayne in a scene from, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." (Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros. via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ missing the Potter magic

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”Warner Bros.2 hours, 13 minutesAfter years of discussion and months of breathless advertising, the latest film from the world… Continue reading

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Eddie Redmayne in a scene from, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." (Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros. via AP)
The Bookworm Sez: 'Hot Sauce Nation' a spicy read

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Hot Sauce Nation’ a spicy read

All the things you love will be on your table this holiday.Steaming mashed potatoes with a dollop of butter. Turkey or ham, fresh from the… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: 'Hot Sauce Nation' a spicy read

‘Arrival’ speaks of cooperation, hope

“Arrival” 21 Laps Entertainment 1 hour, 55 mintes Amy Adams, as Dr. Louise Banks, is flying in a helicopter when she gets her first glimpse… Continue reading

Brief histories of everyday objects

Brief histories of everyday objects

Imagine the first person who created a toothbrush.Better yet – imagine life before a toothbrush. Think about it: getting your mouth minty-fresh wasn’t exactly easy… Continue reading

Brief histories of everyday objects

Cellist and pianist to play concert

Like chocolate and peanut butter, cello and piano are two great tastes that perfectly complement together. Composers have thought so for centuries, and this Saturday… Continue reading

This image released by Disney shows Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from Marvel's "Doctor Strange." (Disney/Marvel via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Doctor Strange’ delves deeper into Marvel universe

“Doctor Strange” Marvel Studios 1 hour, 55 minutes   Marvel Comics, due to a series of ill-advised deals, sold off the film rights to its… Continue reading

This image released by Disney shows Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from Marvel's "Doctor Strange." (Disney/Marvel via AP)

What’s Happening for the week of Nov. 10

Best Bets ■ “Once Upon a Mattress,” the “Princess and the Pea” musical, will be performed at the Soldotna High School auditorium, Thursday-Saturday, at 7… Continue reading

The way home gets longer

You can’t remember a thing these days.Whatchamacallit’s name doesn’t come quite as easily anymore. You can’t recall the title of that movie you used to… Continue reading