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Call for Art of Conservation

Call for Art of Conservation

 Chugach Arts Council has announced it’s upcoming projects and Calls for Art. Artists of all ages and abilities in any media are invited to submit images of their art for consideration to be published in one of several beautiful books of art featuring conservation themes. The dead line for the first 3 projects is March 15, 2014 Endangered Species Day […]

by · November 27, 2013 · Comments are Disabled ·
Book Signing

Book Signing

Cinthia Ritchie, former Seward Phoenix Log editor and reporter, and author of her first novel, ‘Dolls Behaving Badly’ will sign copies of her book at Cover to Cover Bookstore Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 p.m. It’s one of a host of Seward’s 3rd annual Spring Break-Up Festival events this weekend. The book’s about a single mother, living in Anchorage with […]

by · March 12, 2013 · Comments are Disabled ·
Dolls Behaving Badly

Dolls Behaving Badly

  By Heidi Zemach for SCN Alaska writer Cinthia Ritchie’s debut novel Dolls Behaving Badly, released Feb 5 by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group, in NY, has just hit the bookstore shelves. Ritchie was the Seward Phoenix Log’s reporter and editor before the paper changed ownership and returned to Seward. Ritchie wrote much of her novel in her spare time, […]

by · February 7, 2013 · 13 comments ·
No Fear

No Fear

 Just released, with autumn themes, the book No Fear.  This is the second in a series that combines confidence and encouragement for children of all ages along with colorful illustrations. Author, artist & publisher, Marie Wagner, has a passion for uplifting others.  The message is one of hope and security. It is easy to read and understand.  A full preview […]

by · October 16, 2012 · Comments are Disabled ·
Musty Book Rescue League

Musty Book Rescue League

BY RYAN REYNOLDS ‘In any group or class of children, there will be some who for temperamental or physical reasons do not participate regularly in the usual team games.’ –Bernard S. Mason Years ago, when your stomach hurt and your brain felt fuzzy, your new shoes didn’t fit and the shorts were too short, the group showers were scary and […]

by · February 19, 2010 · Comments are Disabled ·
Musty Book Rescue League

Musty Book Rescue League

It’s time to honor a commitment. Over the past year or so, from the shelves of the library, to the depths of the book sale, to chance meetings in dimly lit secondhand shops; I’ve been a lucky man.  There are over 60 books now that I have met, fallen for, and written about for Seward City News.  What started as […]

by · February 5, 2010 · 1 comment ·
Musty Book Rescue League

Musty Book Rescue League

Preamble (Perhaps ramble?): The physical act of writing, I’ve discovered, can have a curious similarity to say, a relationship with a close friend, separated by distance and alienated by a busy life, that may seem solid within your own mind as based on past experiences, but in reality can be closer to a forgotten house plant, dry and dormant, that’s […]

by · January 25, 2010 · Comments are Disabled ·
Project Bookpiglet: 'The Great Bear'

Project Bookpiglet: 'The Great Bear'

“The Great Bear” Edited by John A.  Murray Bears schmares.  Let’s talk about bears. The other day, I was late to work.  My phone was dead.  The internal alarm clock stuck on snooze.  Nothing too exciting.  The fun part of the story though, is that since I’m currently residing in a blue-tarped hobo camp out in yonder woods, and have […]

by · July 15, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Project Bookpiglet:  'Two Marbles to Change the World'

Project Bookpiglet: 'Two Marbles to Change the World'

‘Two Marbles to Change the World’ Inspired by, Marbles:  A Player’s Guide by Shar Levine & Vicki Scudamore A Dedication, if I may: To Dad, whose unequalled strength in heart and mind I pray inherit half as much. You are definitely way cooler than Batman. So we begin – Being a fan of ribald and rowdy humor, I’ve often enjoyed […]

by · June 20, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Project Bookpiglet: 'Hotter than Hell'

Project Bookpiglet: 'Hotter than Hell'

‘Hotter than Hell’ by Jane Butel The first time I met Rosie was in the garden.  I was seven years old.  She was nine.  We kissed beneath the warm and sheltering cloth of tangled vines, bumping our heads against tomatoes warm to the core from a watchful sun, laughing at the way such a silly game could make our noses […]

by · June 9, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Project Bookpiglet: 'Don't Squat with Yer Spurs On!'

Project Bookpiglet: 'Don't Squat with Yer Spurs On!'

Don’t Squat With Yer Spurs On! by Texas Bix Bender I’m not the soundest of sleepers.  Oftentimes it can be almost impossible to hit the hay without a hundred different cockeyed rodents running through my head at once; which as you may know, is not a pleasant feeling.  Plus it can leave one corner of my mind a bit, uh, […]

by · May 26, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Project Bookpiglet: 'Las Vegas, City of Sin?'

Project Bookpiglet: 'Las Vegas, City of Sin?'

‘Las Vegas, City of Sin?’ by Dick Taylor and Pat Howell The sun is early to rise this day; the eastern sky an illuminated pastel painting swiftly changing.  A young mother steps from the bed, showers quickly and dresses while the children are still fast asleep – the youngest one surprised by daylight, slumbering through his nightly gnaw on the […]

by · May 17, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Project Bookpiglet: 'Zero:  The Biography of a Dangerous Idea'

Project Bookpiglet: 'Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea'

It’s one of my all-time favorite pickup lines:  “Honey, when you’re done with this zero, call the hero.”  At which point I proffer a limited edition, Chewbacca commemorative pin, with my phone number and Capt. Reynolds – Rogue Squadron Leader written on the back to the lucky lady.  (You’d be surprised at how often this works.)  But now, times have […]

by · May 11, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Project Bookpiglet: '12 Steps to Raw Foods'

Project Bookpiglet: '12 Steps to Raw Foods'

I’ve got it bad.  My addiction that is.  For years now I’ve been a user, an abuser, and a multi-layered loser.  And the worst of it is I didn’t even know it.  That is, not until I read 12 Steps to Raw Foods; or as I like to call it, “The I Enjoy Eating Eater’s Guide to Developing a Guilt […]

by · May 3, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Project Bookpiglet: 'The Other Side of Desire'

Project Bookpiglet: 'The Other Side of Desire'

I like sex.  I’m sure you do too.  And that guy who lives across the street, with the hamster ranch, pirate flag and Alaska’s largest collection of Cabbage Patch dolls?  Oh yeah.  You bet he does. So we all have something in common.  Sort of.  Because although we may all enjoy that most frivolously sacrosanct of human pleasures, that certainly […]

by · April 25, 2009 · 1 comment ·
Project Bookpiglet: 'The Two-Story Outhouse'

Project Bookpiglet: 'The Two-Story Outhouse'

Every now and then, and I do mean once in a while, there’s a book comes along that needs no introduction; no funny lines, or contemporaneous, odd observations to illuminate its eccentricities.  It simply is, without discretion, an absolutely fascinating piece of supreme literation.  The essence of what Project Bookpiglet attempts to be. It all started this past week, due […]

by · April 17, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Project Bookpiglet: 'The Joy of Sects'

Project Bookpiglet: 'The Joy of Sects'

If I make it through this alive, I’ll owe Jesus a cheeseburger. I really should have gone to church and made some friends a while back.  For once again, we find that the Day of Ham has descended upon us in all it’s Springtime glory.  And if I just show up at church on Easter without any warning, trying to […]

by · April 11, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

“Your Erroneous Zones” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer The clock is ticking.  The day slipping by.  And still I have no mission true, not a solitary, sideways clue of what to put upon this blank, awfully clean and bright white page.  I don’t know where this crazy week has gone, but it certainly left me no time to intricately weave […]

by · March 22, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

I can still remember my Dad’s old Fire car; the one he drove for a short while during his earlier days working for the city Fire Department.  And it’s not the make or model or even color that’s etched in my memory, but two other features that left such a strong impression on that little boy I once knew.  One […]

by · March 15, 2009 · 1 comment ·
Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

Hiking the Bigfoot Country by John Hart The moment I laid eyes on “Hiking the Bigfoot Country”, I couldn’t help but be swept away by a haunting memory I’ve tried my best to forget.  It happened so long ago, in such a different time and place, that it sometimes seems it was all a dream.  But alas, the events were […]

by · March 8, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

In circumspect pursuit of supinely divined literary delectations, notwithstanding erstwhile proficiency in such piffling matters considering the breadth of sullen sanctimoniousness our globe engulfs at present, one warm and fainéant afternoon not so very long ago, a fortuitous encounter with an unassuming book enkindled an expansive voyage of luciferous rumination, set to sail upon a burnished sea of eloquence. And […]

by · March 1, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

It is a scene engraved in history.  A thin man in simple dress, with a bowler balanced atop his head, sways his body in measured arcs as his fingers fly across the keys, and raucous music fills the room.  From time to time he arches his back, stretching the aching muscles connecting his shoulders to his arms to his hands, […]

by · February 22, 2009 · 1 comment ·
Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

The Complete Book of Puppets and Puppeteering – by Robert Ten Eyck Hanford Shrill cries emerge from behind the curtain.  Then laughter.  Thumping, bumping, someone jumping, to and fro across the stage.  More nonsensical shouts reach out, and the audience begins to wonder.  What lies behind the silken cloth and cries and carries so?  Be it man or beast?  We’ve […]

by · February 15, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

Ah, Valentine’s Day.  That special time of year when all things frivolous are slapped into a heart shaped box, pasted with ribbons, dressed up like a burlesque dancer, and thus inescapably appear as a constant reminder of one’s joy, or pain, or even vague indifference when it comes to love. For men especially, it is a holiday fraught with peril.  […]

by · February 9, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

I’ve been sitting on this one for quite some time now. With a book as utterly fantastic as “Stick-Fighting: Self-Defense”, you don’t just toss this one to the wolves willy-nilly. However, recent events at the Senior Center have called for drastic measures, and it’s time to bring out the big guns. Well, sticks in our case. Now I’m about to […]

by · February 2, 2009 · 2 comments ·
Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

Without fail, you’ve gotta love any book that begins with instructions on how to boil a frog. I prefer fried amphibians myself, with a good bit of hot sauce and a glass of cold, sweet tea, but to each his own I suppose. But live frog boiling? Why, that might be the way they do things down there in Colorado, […]

by · January 26, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

With the arrival of the New Year and all the promise it contains, I’ve been thinking lately of past resolutions, potential new ones I’m procrastinating making, and all the things that make each New Year truly “new”.  One way to make sure this year will be different, if it’s difference you’re looking for, can be to try something you’ve heretofore […]

by · January 19, 2009 · Comments are Disabled ·
Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

Ah the scarf.  Simple.  Timeless.  Elegant.  Scarfy. The plethora of pleasing adjectives for scarfs is as long as, well, the world’s longest scarf.  (33.74 miles to be exact)  And a scarf’s uses, one can rest assured, are as varied as they are plentiful.  In Sensational Scarfs by Carol Straley, she covers 44 of these.  The rest are up to you.  […]

by · December 29, 2008 · Comments are Disabled ·