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    Time to Read!

    With so many of us stuck at home, it’s a great time for reading. I have been reading books I’ve been saving for a special time or meaning to get to. That’s led to an eclectic mix of fiction and nonfiction for a variety of age groups. Here are some recent reads that I recommend: The Whale and the Cupcake by Julia O’Malley—nonfiction about Alaskans and their relationship with food, with cool recipes. Learn more at https://juliaomalley.media/2019/12/02/guess-what-my-book-is-out/ Murder is Bad Manners (US title) or Murder Most Unladylike (UK title) by Robin Stevens—the first of a young YA series of cozy…

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    Joe Spenard, Anchorage Character

    Ever heard about the Spenard neighborhood in Anchorage and wondered about its namesake? Joe Spenard was one of our early characters. Joe Spenard was originally from Canada, and he and his wife Edith ran various businesses in Valdez before they…

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    Fur Rondy Snow Sculptures

    As you may know, Fur Rendezvous (or Fur Rondy for short) is Anchorage, Alaska’s winter carnival. It started as a three-day winter sports festival in 1935 and grew from there to a two-week festival with events from outhouse races to…

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    George Attla, a Mushing Legend

    In honor of Fur Rondy, I am reprising an old post about my favorite musher, George Attla. I grew up on Fort Richardson, near Anchorage, Alaska. In those days, the Fur Rendezvous festival (Fur Rondy) was a really big deal.…