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 By D. KEVIN McNEIR    Columns    August 1, 2018 

When Mom doesn't recognize me, I tie a knot and hold on

Editor's note: This article is part of an ongoing series provided by the Diverse Elders Coalition, focusing on different senior populations. I would have never believed there would ever come a time...

 

Alaska State Fair, a family tradition

My first experience at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer was back in the mid-1960s as part of a group of young 4-H girls from Glennallen. A couple mothers drove us in to Palmer to see our projects on...

 

Floodwaters fill Fairbanks, August 1967

Water in the Chena River inched up ever higher during July 1967 when 3.34 inches of rain, instead of the normal 1.84 inches, fell on Fairbanks. The city's 30,000 residents weren't too worried, though....

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    August 1, 2018 

Beverly Washburn's favorite co-stars

Beginning her career as a talented child actress, Beverly Washburn worked alongside Hollywood's most popular actors and her list of favorites is long (see www.beverlywashburn.com). While she appeared...

 
 By Bob DeLaurentis    Columns    August 1, 2018 

iPhone radio, wireless speakers, yard sale apps

Q. I’m thinking I can rid my life of big, bulky speakers and use my iPhone to replace a skipping CD player. What would you recommend for listening to the radio in my house? A. Chances are excellent that you can find the stations you prefer streamin...

 

Blood Bank of Alaska vital to senior care

On February 15, the Blood Bank of Alaska (BBA) celebrated its second anniversary in the new facility it developed to serve Alaska’s patients in need. It has been a robust two years, and we continue to meet our primary objective of service to...

 
 By Andrew Lam    Columns    July 1, 2018

Long-term care's devastating toll on finances and emotional health

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series provided by the Diverse Elders Coalition, focusing on different senior populations. The cost of aging in America is exorbitant, which my siblings and I are finding out firsthand through our...

 

The pros and cons of 'Right to Try' legislation

Congress managed to pass well-intentioned legislation recently allowing people with life-threatening illnesses to bypass the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to obtain experimental medications. Unfortunately, it won’t do much to help the people...

 

Resurrecting details from a long-ago family hike

While looking for something else, I recently came across a photo that instantly brought back many good memories. In the photo, my Dad, my three siblings and I are standing by the Resurrection Pass signpost during the last family hike I participated...

 

Russian shipbuilding rises with the Phoenix

During July 1791, Alexander Baranof arrived at Kodiak Island to manage the fur exporting operation of Grigorri Ivanovich Shelikhov, who formed the North American Company. When he received orders to...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2018

Eric Braeden is still the king of daytime drama

"The Young and the Restless" star Eric Braeden has been playing character Victor Newman for 38 years and says it's been an amazing run. But he doesn't believe daytime drama actors always receive the...

 

Advice on Windows, email addresses and smartphone backups

Q. What is the single most important piece of advice every smartphone owner should know? A. Back up your phone, especially photos. Your smartphone will eventually become the most important tech device in your life. All the gear that a generation ago...

 

50 years after the Fair Housing Act

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Fair Housing Act, a pivotal piece of legislation that laid the groundwork for housing protections for marginalized populations in the United States. They say those who don't learn from history...

 
 By Laura Atwood    Columns    June 1, 2018

Treat your housecat to the outdoors

"Honey, did you walk the cat?" What? Walk the cat? Yes, you heard that right. Cats have spent too much time lying around inside, bored and under-stimulated while dogs are treated to walks, play dates...

 

President announces focus on high drug pricing

Drug prices in the United States are too high – nearly everyone agrees. But political consensus stops at how to lower prices and fix the problem. If it were easy, a simple solution would be found. But paying for prescription drugs is a complicated...

 

Pop quiz: Alaska highway numbers vs names

My husband, Gary, and I sat visiting with two couples after dinner one June evening several years ago. At the time, we were operating Nabesna House B & B out of our home in Slana. One gentleman...

 
 By David Washburn    Columns    June 1, 2018

Remodeling, decluttering leads to de-medicating

Our household recently replaced a bathroom vanity cabinet, something long overdue. The process revealed something else long overdue – bottle after bottle of expired, unused, leftover prescription...

 

Painter makes points with Alaskans, and beyond

Among the memorials in the Anchorage Municipal Park Cemetery stands a small, pink marker adorned with a palette. It is the final resting place of Sydney Mortimer Laurence, one of Alaska's greatest art...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2018

Judith Durham looks back at The Seekers

Fifty years ago, The Seekers were a pop music sensation. Featuring members Athol Guy, Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and lead vocalist Judith Durham, the Aussie group's pop-folk fusion proved popular in...

 

Playing around online and Apple AirPods

Q. I just bought my first smartphone and I want to play some games. What advice can you share to help first-time phone gamers? A. Many phone and tablet games are labeled “Free” or “Free-to-Play.” “Free” is a loaded phrase in the gaming...

 
 By Donn Liston    Columns    May 1, 2018

Legislative skits skewer, but too selectively

Easter was on April Fool's Day this year and Good Friday was chosen as a great time to feature the Annual Legislative Skits that began decades ago as a fundraiser for the Democratic Party. The show,...

 
 By Hank Trout    Columns    May 1, 2018

Long-term AIDS survivor yearns to just dance

Editor's note: This column is part of an ongoing series provided by the Diverse Elders Coalition, www.diverseelders.org. It's 1959 and I'm six years old. My family has gathered at my grandparents' hou...

 

I now pronounce you man and wife

It was 45 years ago this month that I married Gary in the front yard of my home in Glennallen. As the wedding party stood and all the guests sat facing toward the grove of poplar trees, frogs croaked...

 
 By David Washburn    Columns    May 1, 2018

Are family blogs over? Long live the hard copy

For years, I kept a blog with updates about my family. School events, vacations, celebrations were written up and posted to the blog, along with lots of photos. The blog was a more convenient way to...

 

Ruby was once the Gem of the Yukon

One northern town became an integral part of Alaska's gold rush history after prospectors sifting through red rocks along a creek south of the Yukon River thought they had found rubies mixed with...

 

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