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You know the expression, “busy as a bee?” After watching eagles fly back and forth past our living room window from dawn to dusk, I’m more likely to say, “energetic as an eagle.”

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Leviticus 23:10-11 — “Speak to the children of Israel, say to them, when you come into the land which I give to you, and shall reap the harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the First Fruits of your harvest to the priests. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you; o…

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Greenup — the great, silent collective explosion of freed tree buds that had been frozen all winter like a clenched fist — will happen any day now in Fairbanks. The phenomenon is easy to notice here in middle Alaska, which is locked up in black-and-white for much of the year.

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It was a cool day in March when I donned a warm jacket and walked up Ole Johnson Street to the Kodiak Daily Mirror office for my appointment with then-publisher Nancy Freeman.

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In Alaska’s infinite waters swims a handsome, silvery fish. Until recently, we knew little about the Bering cisco, which exists only around Alaska and Siberia. Then a scientist combined his unique life experiences with modern tools to help color in the fish’s life history.

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It may still be cold, but spring is definitely upon us. Next to my house the daffodils are opening up, no longer able to wait for a sunny opportunity.

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1 Timothy 5:24-25 (NIV) — “The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them: The sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious and even those that are not cannot be hidden.”

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On the final cabin trip of the spring, as my friend Andy and I skied along a packed ribbon of snow, the wolf tracks were a surprise.

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“Insatiable” is the word being used to describe the demand for snow crab as the world’s largest fishery got underway on April 5 at Eastern Canada. And while more snow crab will be available this year, buyers expect a tight supply.

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Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV) — “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wiseman who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house: Yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on…

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In the 1980s my brother Alby was the manager for the Robert Cray Band, the Grammy-Award-winning blues ensemble that started in 1974 in Eugene, Oregon. Over the years, Robert (who’s actually a bit on the shy side) and his band played with giants like Chuck Berry, Keith Richards and Eric Clapt…

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The Alsek, a world-class rafting river that flows into the Gulf of Alaska from its headwaters in Canada, may soon abandon the lower part of its drainage for a steeper one 15 miles away. 

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Acts 1:3 (NIV) — “After His suffering, He showed Himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God.”

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The rite of passage known as Little League Baseball player assessments, which took place last Saturday at Baranof Field, reminded me of something from my own childhood.

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While out on a springtime snow trail, I recently saw a dozen white-winged crossbills pecking at snow on the side of the trail. When I reached the spot, I saw a yellow stain from where a team of dogs had paused.

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The mask requirement for all persons aboard fishing vessels still stands and Alaska’s U.S. senators are adding their clout to have it removed. A Coast Guard a Marine Safety Information Bulletin issued on March 22 states its authority to restrict vessel access to ports and operations if they …

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For the first time in a few weeks, the temperature climbed above 40 degrees. I don’t know about you, but my spirit climbed, too. The ground relaxed and softened, ice melted and even the crows seemed happy. With all the activity and celebration, I want to slow things down a bit. You know, tak…

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Matthew 26:27-29 (NIV) — “Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for the many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you; I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until tha…

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For years, I knew my hearing was going downhill. At first, I was able to deny the deficit because, as I repeatedly told my wife, “I can hear what you’re saying; I just can’t understand all the words.”

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It’s “back to the future” for Alaska canned salmon as more Americans choose it for its health benefits and as an easy-to-use ingredient for sandwiches, salads and more.

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When spring arrives, gardeners take on a different posture: a slight bend at the waist and leaning forward as if hurrying away from winter. Eventually, they’ll pull out one foot, and then the other from winter’s grasp, like stepping onto hard gravel after slogging through the sulfur-smelling…

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Galatians 2:11-13 (NIV) — “When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the gentiles because he was afraid of t…

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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…

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The sea has forever inspired artists of all kinds. Who has not gazed at the water when trying to calm the mind, think, find consolation or develop ideas?

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With the equinox behind us, I like to think that spring can’t be far behind. The sun tells us so, what with it rising more to the north each day. And then you have crocus blossoms tentatively poking their heads above the ground.

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1 Corinthians 15:1-2 (NIV) — “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the Gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this Gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word, I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.”

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A few years ago, Link Olson wanted students in his mammalogy class to see one of the neatest little creatures in Alaska, the northern flying squirrel. He baited a few live traps with peanut butter rolled in oats and placed them in spruce trees.

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In mid-March, it is snowing once again in Fairbanks, as it has snowed on many days since October. That makes it a good day to pick up Matthew Sturm’s new book, “Field Guide to Snow.”

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In case you missed last week’s column, I covered the basics of starting your own seedlings, beginning with containers, soil and temperature.