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Juneau Veterans for Peace President Craig Wilson, left, watches a procession of fellow veterans and others ring the Liberty Bell replica in front of the Alaska State Capitol on Nov. 11, 2022, during an annual Armistice Day observation. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)

Three annual events honoring veterans scheduled Saturday

Armistice Day bell ringing at Capitol; Veterans Day events at Centennial Hall and EPH.

Juneau Veterans for Peace President Craig Wilson, left, watches a procession of fellow veterans and others ring the Liberty Bell replica in front of the Alaska State Capitol on Nov. 11, 2022, during an annual Armistice Day observation. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)
Fred La Plante is the pastor of the Juneau Church of the Nazarene. (Courtesy / Fred La Plante)

Living and Growing: Having an attitude of gratitude

Our world is quickly enveloped in negativity, but that attitude doesn’t help us. We need to be more grateful. Let’s define gratitude as being thankful… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2023
  • By Fred La Plante
  • Columns
Fred La Plante is the pastor of the Juneau Church of the Nazarene. (Courtesy / Fred La Plante)
The flowers of enchanter’s nightshade are tiny and often self-pollinating. (Photo by Bob Armstrong)

On the Trails: Enchanter’s nightshade

Enchanter’s nightshade is a tiny perennial plant we commonly see (and walk right past) alongside many of our trails. Although it is said to grow… Continue reading

The flowers of enchanter’s nightshade are tiny and often self-pollinating. (Photo by Bob Armstrong)
Photo courtesy of Patty Schied
The author hosting a Christmas dinner for her family in 2022.

Cooking For Pleasure: Serving up a warm mood in lousy weather

This Middle Eastern red lentil soup is not the sustenance of long-ago cold memories.

Photo courtesy of Patty Schied
The author hosting a Christmas dinner for her family in 2022.
Just strumming along in the downtown flats area on Oct. 19. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

Neighbors: Art in Unusual Places

The Juneau Empire welcomes reader-submitted photos of art in unusual or unexpected places. To submit email your photos and captions to editor@juneauempire.com.… Continue reading

Just strumming along in the downtown flats area on Oct. 19. (Photo by Denise Carroll)
The new office in Lynnwood, Washington, for the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Tlingit and Haida)

Neighbors briefs

Tlingit and Haida opening new Washington office The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is announce it is opening a… Continue reading

The new office in Lynnwood, Washington, for the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Tlingit and Haida)
Photo courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Foundation.

Neighbors: SHI to sponsor lec­ture on bombardment of Tlingit village of Ḵaachx̱haan.Áak’w

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will sponsor a lecture on the 1869 bombardment of Ḵaachx̱haan.áak’w in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Presented by Zachary Jones,… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Foundation.
A sign at Chicago Midway International Airport. (Photo by Teri Schwartz)

Living and Growing: “All lanes lead to all gates”

Some time ago I was standing in a long security line at Chicago’s Midway airport. Above the crowd a large sign read “All Lanes Lead… Continue reading

A sign at Chicago Midway International Airport. (Photo by Teri Schwartz)
An American goshawk female in brown “juvenile” plumage guards her nest. (Photo by Bob Armstrong)

On the Trails: Hawks of the forest

We have two species of forest hawks: the American goshawk and the much smaller sharp-shinned hawk. Both have short, broad, powerful wings and long tails,… Continue reading

An American goshawk female in brown “juvenile” plumage guards her nest. (Photo by Bob Armstrong)
Residents participate in the 13th annual Friends of the Poor Run/Walk hosted by St. Vincent de Paul Juneau. (Courtesy of St. Vincent De Paul Juneau)

Neighbors: Letters of thanks

Friends of the Poor Run/Walk: Thank you for contributing to our success The Society of St. Vincent de Paul wishes to thank all those who… Continue reading

Residents participate in the 13th annual Friends of the Poor Run/Walk hosted by St. Vincent de Paul Juneau. (Courtesy of St. Vincent De Paul Juneau)
An image from a cover of Tidal Echos, a creative/literary journal published annually by the University of Alaska Southeast. (Courtesy of UAS)

Neighbors briefs

UAS literary journey seeking submissions from Southeast residents Tidal Echoes, a creative/literary journal published annually by the University of Alaska Southeast, is seeking submissions from… Continue reading

An image from a cover of Tidal Echos, a creative/literary journal published annually by the University of Alaska Southeast. (Courtesy of UAS)
Flags fly outside the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on July 25, just before the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council officially celebrated its 50 anniversary. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)

Neighbors: Juneau ranked eighth among 10 most arts-vibrant small communities in the nation

SMU DataArts, the National Center for Arts Research, on Oct. 26 released its 8th Arts Vibrancy Index, which identifies Juneau as number eight in the… Continue reading

Flags fly outside the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on July 25, just before the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council officially celebrated its 50 anniversary. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)
Works by the six artists chosen for the solo exhibition series at the Alaska State Museum. (Courtesy of the Alaska State Museum)

Neighbors: Alaska artists awarded solo exhibits at state museum

Every few years, the Alaska State Museum invites Alaskan artists to submit their portfolios and apply for the solo exhibition series. This year the museum’s… Continue reading

Works by the six artists chosen for the solo exhibition series at the Alaska State Museum. (Courtesy of the Alaska State Museum)
(Courtesy of the Juneau Community Foundation)

Neighbors: Juneau Community Foundation announces 2023 Individual Artist Awards

The Juneau Community Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s Individual Artist Awards. Through the Foundation’s Arts Vibrancy Endowment, the Individual Artist Award grant program… Continue reading

(Courtesy of the Juneau Community Foundation)
Sunlight is cast over part of Mount Juneau on Dec. 16, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Living and Growing: Light and beauty

October is the start of fall festivities, it ushers in Halloween, Thanksgiving and then Christmas, along with Alaska Day and Veterans Day, and other holiday… Continue reading

Sunlight is cast over part of Mount Juneau on Dec. 16, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
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Gimme A Smile: If I go to the doctor on Halloween, will a vampire take my blood?

I have a doctor’s appointment on Halloween. How can that be good? I can picture the scene in the lab: me holding out my arm… Continue reading

(Szabó János / Unsplash)
Fall colors at Mendenhall Lake. (Photo by Bob Armstrong)
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On the Trails: Plants’ sensory world and other things

If you think about it, plants are really quite remarkable organisms. They don’t have hearts or brains, and they can’t run or hop around, but… Continue reading

Fall colors at Mendenhall Lake. (Photo by Bob Armstrong)
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(Juneau Empire File)

Sending submissions for Neighbors

Welcome to Neighbors. The Neighbors page focuses on community-oriented news — nonprofit organizations, church and social service groups, club meetings, students awards, fundraising activities, and… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Thanks for support at annual church BBQ

Family Promise of Juneau would like to extend a heartfelt thanks for all the support at the second annual BBQ at Sandy Beach in August.… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
Philip and Ivy White stand next to the “most square/straight/round stack” winner in the first-ever Pioneers of Alaska wood stacking contest. (Photo courtesy of Shannon Crossley/Pioneers of Alaska)

Pioneers of Alaska in Juneau hold first-ever Wood Stacking Contest

Stockpiling firewood for the winter has moved up a notch, as participants in the first annual Pioneers of Alaska wood stacking contest can attest. Competitors… Continue reading

Philip and Ivy White stand next to the “most square/straight/round stack” winner in the first-ever Pioneers of Alaska wood stacking contest. (Photo courtesy of Shannon Crossley/Pioneers of Alaska)