And what did they die of….

Trying to give a family health history is always a challenge. In my family, the one thing we know for sure is that diabetes and heart disease are our personal choice by gene. Or, at least, we think they are. We know for sure about the diabetes because that’s been diagnosed multiple times. The heart thing is trickier. A lot of my relatives died by keeling over one day or by not waking up one morning. My family saw no reason for them to go to the hospital at that point because… well, they were dead. What use was a

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The only difference

The only difference between our “Democratic” senator Mark Begich and our “Republican” senator Lisa Murkowski is how they spell their party’s name. Both belong to the same party, the party owned by the NRA. Their negative votes on background checks for gun purchasing is simply shameful. If they glanced around, they would find they are living in the pocket of the NRA and that is not where most Americans live nowadays. I hope the next time we vote in this state, we keep this in mind and vote for a candidate with some comprehension of gun violence that is not

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Golden Eagle release

The young golden eagle that Bird TLC has held at the flight center since last fall is now ready to be released.

Please join us at Palmer Hay Flats Cottonwood Creek Trailhead this Saturday, April 20th at 12:30 pm to watch him return to his home in the sky.

In case of poor weather, we will reschedule for Sunday.

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A long, long, long, long time ago


In a world far, far, far away from today, two girls became best friends as they clung together through 12 years of Catholic school and growing up as nerds. One of those girls became a teacher. Now, after teaching for almost 40 years, she finally has a class in which she has two girls who have the same names as those little girls from so long ago.

Meet Grace and Elise, 2010. Trust me when I tell you that they are way more cool than the originals ever were.

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On the wings of an eagle


Last year, I lost a dear friend way, way too early in her life. She was one of those people who made the world a better place just by being in it. This picture shows her daughter Aubie (opening the door) and her partner Kim (on top of the table) releasing a rehabilitated eagle last week down near Portage. That’s her grandson in my arms.

Since Dr. Scott, founder of Bird TLC, always said that his tribe believed that eagles carried the souls of the departed to heaven on their wings, we decided to send Deborah on the ride of

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