I am home and I do not return as a high school English teacher. I do not return married, but divorced. I do not return well traveled, ready to teach others about life and the world. I have relaxed and realize I am simply part of this community, ready to learn from my 92-year-old grandpa.Laureli Ivanoff
Are Alaskans so unique that our six-word memoirs are singular?Alaska Dispatch News
Missionaries were advocates for Alaska Natives in a time when many white people viewed them as subhuman. Yet these same missionaries ultimately sought to make Natives white in all but skin tone. David A. James
In August, I attended the annual Eagle River Institute at St. John Orthodox Cathedral in Eagle and was fascinated to hear a series of lectures on “Christianity in the Arab World” by Fr. George H. Shaloub. Before returning to his home in Michigan, Fr. Shaloub fielded some questions on religious diversity, eschatology, monasticism, and marriage.Chris Thompson
A man whose legal name is Santa Claus is running a write-in campaign for a city council seat in the Interior Alaska town near Fairbanks.Associated Press
First, can you still plant things? Heck, yeah! As long as the ground is not frozen, you are good to go. However, this could be the last weekend, folks.Jeff Lowenfels
Alaska authors will be present at a number of events during Alaska Book Week, Oct. 3-10.Mike Dunham
Corey Rennell grew up in Anchorage, studied at Harvard and starred as an athlete in a reality TV show. Inspired by his Alaska upbringing, he's now the founder and CEO of CORE Foods, an organic food startup in the Bay Area of California.Shannon Kuhn
When I give my boyfriend a nudge toward living together, he repetitively says he just isn’t ready for that yet and it seems too soon.Wayne and Wanda

The world premiere of Texas composer Barry Hurt’s “Alaska: The Great Land” took place in Palmer on Sept. 24.

Tara Young,Mike Dunham