It is great to be outside and getting some soil underneath the fingernails, isn’t it? And our weather has been perfect for yardening. Things are finally in full swing outdoors and the questions are pouring in. Let’s get right to them.

Jeff Lowenfels
There's plenty of competition among banks and frequent-flier plans. That's good for travelers.Scott McMurren
This homemade sherbet recipe is just bursting with fresh blueberry flavor, punctuated by tangy lime and buttermilk.Maya Evoy
Not quite a rice bowl, not quite a stir fry, bibimbap takes simple ingredients and makes them extraordinary.Shannon Kuhn
I won't forgive myself if another summer passed with me wasting weekends ending up at the bars last-minute or worse yet on my couch because I don't have anyone cool to partner up with.Wayne and Wanda
Up-and-coming violin and cello sister team "duo parnas" will perform in Anchorage and Sitka. ACT gets a new executive director and an East High teen will have her art displayed at the U.S. Capitol. Mike Dunham
Breakup in the Arctic is an amazing season, and I sure know what my daughter is feeling, not getting to be here at home, after spending most springs of her life at our old igloo, roaming the surrounding river and tundra.Seth Kantner
It’s summertime, which means new programming on the cable channels. "Alaska's Ultimate Bush Pilots" and "The Last Alaskans" are two. Emily Fehrenbacher

Former Alaska First Lady Bella Hammond, 82, continues to live in the log cabin on the north shore of Lake Clark that she and the late Gov. Jay Hammond built together before his term from 1974-82.  “Isolation doesn’t bother me a bit," she says.

Steve Kahn
Dining at Arctic Sushi had some hits and misses. The hits, encouragingly, were in the sushi itself.Mara Severin