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It’s time we all take a time out and stop watching the Alaska sky for signs of snow. After all, a watched pot doesn’t boil, therefore a watched forecast doesn’t produce. Look down, instead, at the pages of a good read. Here's some suggestions. Alli Harvey
A person's browser history can say a lot about them -- for better or for worse. And if there was ever any doubt Alaskans are an eclectic bunch, Anchorage's 2014 Google search history certainly supports the stereotype. Alaska Dispatch News
The Rev. Chad Zielinski, who became the sixth bishop of Fairbanks Monday afternoon, considers himself one of the most unlikely people for the job -- a major in the Air Force who is on active duty as a chaplain at Eielson Air Force Base.Dermot Cole
“Animal Stories” isn’t meant to be a guidebook to Alaska wildlife, but it might very well be used as one. Throughout, author Bill Sherwonit's observations are acute and philosophical.Nancy Lord
Eager to please, I tried mother’s fruitcake every year and just about every year there would be a neglected slice on the fruitcake plate with one bite taken out. As the youngest, the baby, I will admit that the thing I wanted most was to put a smile on Mom’s face and continue to be her favorite.Laureli Ivanoff
Debbie Miller's book offers a 143-page glimpse into Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve through stunning images and thought-provoking essays covering a four-year span when Miller and a team of writers, photographers and scientists trekked and paddled through Arctic wilderness in the reserve.Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder

With a few quick toots from the horn, this year's Alaska Railroad holiday train took off from the Anchorage depot on Saturday morning with scores of excited children and their parents in tow.

Loren Holmes

With a few quick toots from the horn, this year's Alaska Railroad holiday train took off from the Anchorage depot on Saturday morning with scores of excited children and their parents in tow.

Loren Holmes

“Christmas Belles” goes a long way toward coaxing the jaded back into the spirit of things, and it does it with a smile. 

Mike Dunham
Traditionally Advent is considered a mini-Lent, a symbolic period of hopeful watching and waiting for Jesus’ birth. Unfortunately, many churches unabashedly burst into carol singing as if Christmas had already arrived, echoing the offensive commercial push that makes Christmas happen from before Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Chris Thompson

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