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Fountain pens will make you smarter

Yes, using fountain pens will make you smarter. Also, it turns out that using pencils and ballpoints will make you smarter too. However, I want to talk about fountain pens in particular because they...

 
 By Sean McPhilamy    Columns    April 1, 2024 

Understanding the phases of Part D coverage

Prescription Drug Plan coverage is a valued element within Medicare. Known more commonly as Part D of Medicare, these policies are offered by privately managed insurance companies, and regulated both...

 
 By Karen Casanovas    Columns    April 1, 2024 

Empowered responses: Dealing with condescending remarks

Q: How do I handle rude, hurtful or condescending comments by family members or people who are part of my care team? A: In our daily interactions, we occasionally encounter individuals who seem to thr...

 

Spring cleaning for wildfire safety

As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, it's the perfect time to tackle some spring cleaning around your home. This yearly tradition is not just about tidying up; it's also a good way to...

 

Alaska, chickens and their $35 dinner

Back in the spring of 1992, my husband Gary and I decided we wanted to raise homegrown chickens to eat, something we'd done twice before. But this time he also wanted some egg layers, so in addition t...

 

Vices abound in Anchorage's early history

The seeds of Alaska's biggest city were planted in April 1915 when the federal government authorized construction of a new railroad to connect Interior Alaska to tidewater in Seward and hundreds of...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    April 1, 2024 

Diane Baker remembers TCM host Robert Osborne

The 15th Turner Classic Movies Film Festival is scheduled for April 18-21, in Hollywood. Canceled for a couple of years due to the pandemic, no one was more pleased to attend the festival when it...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    April 1, 2024 

It may be time for a legal spring cleaning

Sometimes the near future is predictable, and sometimes it ain't. I was planning to write another column about the filing requirements which would apply to nearly all small corporations and LLCs...

 
 By Bob Delaurentis    Columns    April 1, 2024 

Videotape converter, air purifiers, and laptop advice

Q. I have a box of videotapes from the 80s and 90s that I would like to preserve on my computer. What do I need to make this happen? A. This is easy to do once you have all the pieces you need. The...

 
 By Teresa Holt    Columns    March 1, 2024

We can help Alaskans save for retirement

AARP’s mission is to empower people to choose how they live as they age. The more money you have for retirement, the more choices you have as you age. This year AARP Alaska is focusing on helping people young and old prepare to be financially fit i...

 

Caregiving: Is there an app for that?

Q: I care for three other people and am having difficulty tracking medical appointments and medication management for each of them. Are there any useful apps for my phone that could help me? A: In...

 

Staying steady as spring approaches

Falling down is no joke it's a serious threat for many people. But with some simple precautions, you can keep your balance and stay upright. I've slipped up a few times myself, so I've learned some...

 
 By Janet Warner    Columns    March 1, 2024

Enjoy more pickleball with proper shoes, warmups

We need each other. When your "peeps" are part of a fun activity, it's like a double shot of happiness. Movement and meaningful interactions. It's more than just the people or just the activity, it's...

 

Basketball memories run deep in Alaska

In the fall of 2002, my husband and I attended a Pioneers of Alaska Convention dinner for 400 people in the gym of Monroe High School in Fairbanks. A Glennallen Panther banner hung on the wall along...

 
 By Lisa Pajot    Columns    March 1, 2024

The songbirds of winter

Imagine being a tiny songbird who flies across thousands of miles of boreal forest, facing frigid temperatures and snowstorms, searching for the next crop of birch or spruce seeds. All the while...

 

52 years of Iditarod and counting

The two legendary visionaries who conceived the 1,049-mile race from Anchorage to Nome hardly could have imagined the success and changes that would happen over the next half century of the "Last...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    March 1, 2024

Billy Dee Williams-more than a charming space pirate

As any devoted Star Wars fan can deduce, the title of Billy Dee Williams' new autobiography, "What Have We Here?" released in February, is a nod to the actor's most famous character-Lando Calrissian....

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    March 1, 2024

An Alaskan tale of lawyers and strip clubs

This month's column features a probate fight over a strip joint. Now that I have your attention, I have to confess that the case, which was reported recently from the Alaska Supreme Court, has little...

 

That geezer computer in your closet can be young again

You know that old computer in the closet, or on a bookshelf, or wherever you stashed it after Microsoft or Apple told you they wouldn’t update it anymore? You paid the big bucks for it, and it still turns on and seems to work okay. Apart from some d...

 

Sports scores, lost AppleID passwords, and Google preservation

Q. I am looking for a way to follow sports scores from different games on my phone. Does that exist? A. There are a few options. If all the games are in one league, such as MLB or the NBA, leagues usually have apps that can keep you up to date....

 

Find the music in you

Q: Singalongs and musical performances are offered at my community center. I don’t normally participate in group activities, but am thinking about going to an event for something to do. A: Yes! You s...

 

What's new in Medicare benefits for 2024?

Medicare coverage and costs change each year, so it’s important to understand and review your benefits. Here’s an overview of what’s new in 2024. Medicare Part A and Part B costs in 2024 Medic...

 

Options for assistive devices for mobility

Getting around and maintaining our independence gets more challenging every year. During some times of the year, it gets worse by the hour and the weather forecast. Fortunately, there is equipment to...

 

Anchorage Community Theatre remembers "Our Town" in 1964 with a new production 60 years later

Since fall of 2023, Anchorage Community Theatre (ACT) has been making quite a big deal about its 70th year of creating community theatre in Anchorage, Alaska. Born out of The Anchorage Little Theatre...

 

Library is a vital community and personal asset

In August 2023, I was listening to my kitchen radio one morning as usual, when the Wasilla Mayor's weekly information blurb came on. Near the end, she said people who had a library card could read...

 

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