While most people have taken down their Christmas trees and stored the decorations, there are homes throughout Alaska where Christmas caroling continues. The custom, known as starring, is practiced by Orthodox faithful in many parishes in the state. Some of these parishes follow the ancient …

Cooking during the recent holidays, I thought about Haroldean Anderson as dishes piled up. I recalled her kitchen etiquette: clean as you go along—don’t let dirty dishes take control. Haroldean, who died recently, was known for making delicious meals and maintaining a clean kitchen. 

In the 1970s, the film “The Summer of ’42” made a big splash in theaters. The movie was a love story that took place during the early days of World War II. In reflecting over the many Kodiak-based stories I’ve covered in more than 40 years, I conclude that Kodiak could come up with its own f…

Growing weary of the COVID lockdowns and mandates? Are you tiring of the political sparring that dominates radio and television these days? Are the long dark days of encroaching winter intensifying your longing for the spring thaw?

This past week the country acknowledged the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, which occurred on Dec. 7, 1941. Radio and TV stations played the recording of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous words from a speech he gave the day following the attack, a date, he said, “that will …

We’re in the season of list-making. Pretty soon we’ll be writing down the names of people on our Christmas card and gift lists, and then we’ll be scribbling New Year’s resolutions. This week we celebrated Thanksgiving, a holiday that inspires us to make litanies of blessings that give our li…

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As we approach the season of Christmas (or Nativity as the Orthodox refer to it), I’m reminded of a song — based on the Psalms — that goes like this: “God is with us; understand all ye nations, understand, that God is with us. And submit yourselves, submit yourselves, for God is with us.”

Nick Alokli was a quiet man who shared volumes of knowledge that shed a bright light on Kodiak Island’s past. When Nick died last week, he left a treasure trove of stories and insights into the Alutiiq culture.

Windy, cool weather this past week has shattered the illusion that we’re still in the season of summer. The wind nearly took my breath away and blew me over as I gazed at the frothy, white-capped bay from an outlook in Abercrombie Park the other day.

Many of us are pretty protective of our berry patches. But if you come across Sharon Major, don’t worry about revealing the whereabouts of your secret stash. It’s not likely that she will grab the nearest bucket and race to that favorite site.

Rev. David Baldukas, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kodiak, has gone from one island adventure to another. He and his wife, Lisa, an emergency room nurse, came here from French Island in Wisconsin. 

In 1985, I wrote a Mother’s Day article for the Kadiak Times, asking local residents what they appreciated most in their mothers. Julia Naughton honored her mother Christina Lukin for teaching her the importance of promptness, especially at meal time. She also taught her daughter how to cook…

Long-time Kodiak resident Rosabel Baldwin has become somewhat of a legend in the region of Ryazan, Russia, which is the location of the city of Kadom. One of the local poets, Andrei Kruchkov, has written a poem — set to music — about her.

Crab Festival 2021 is now history. At least it registered in the history books, unlike last year when in-person Crab Festival was largely canceled — a casualty of the COVID crisis. This year’s traditional welcome to summer went on as planned, in spite of rainy, windy weather. Food booths wer…

Eli Griffin has been a familiar face and voice in local theater productions. He endeared audiences to him in “Les Miserables” and “Tarzan.” He was a boy in those days. But now he’s a young man with a vision: He seeks to share the Gospel.

April has been designated as National Donate Life Month. It also is the month in which the Protestant and Catholic West acknowledge Jesus Christ’s voluntary suffering and death, and celebrate His glorious resurrection.

When people die, they take their stories with them,” someone told me. But fortunately, some, such as Kathryn Chichenoff, shared their stories while they were fresh in their minds. The other day I was delighted to hear the voices of Kathryn and other departed elders who had been interviewed b…

It can get pretty rowdy at Oceans Church United on a Wednesday night. But it’s a good kind of noise. Youngsters, from middle schoolers to high schoolers, engage in high-energy activities that are part of Oceans’ Anchor Youth program.

It won’t be too long before patrons of Monk’s Rock will be able to enjoy their cappuccino and pastries in the haven of the coffee shop, which has been closed due to church holidays, reorganization of merchandise and the usual annual staff winter break.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way teachers teach and students learn. Online classes have become the normal means of educating. But this distance learning has its advantages, said Fr. Vasilly Fisher, acting dean of St. Herman’s Theological Seminary

Christmas. All the amenities of domestic life converge during this season of “peace on earth, good will toward men”: gift giving, great food, beautiful music and family gatherings.