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True Alaskans

January 5, 2015
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Carly and Sam Dennis light a Chinese lantern at Sheep Mountain to help ring in the New Year. MELISSA DEVAUGHN

Despite the insanity of living here, we just get it Nothing reminds me of the passage of time so much as the coming of the New Year. It’s such a…

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Family favorites

December 4, 2014
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Roan Hall, circa 2011, roasting marshmallows with his snow buddies by the bonfire in front of our house. Andy Hall

As holidays approach, the to-do list grows On Thanksgiving morning, the very first thing I do is turn my Spotify, iPod or CD collection to holiday music. My kids are…

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It’s snow time

November 3, 2014
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It’s snow time

No matter the snow conditions, November beckons winter sports enthusiasts It doesn’t make a lot of sense to live in Alaska if you don’t like snow. True, most of us…

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Cyclists need a reprieve from senseless deaths

September 18, 2014
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Jeff and his daughter, Madisen Dusenbury. MELISSA HOLDER

During the summer, our family lives blissfully free of most electronic gadgets and access to news, and day-to-day happenings. I say “blissfully” because it comes as a relief to be…

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Memory burn

August 5, 2014
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Carly Dennis and Reilly Hall enjoy a chill holiday ski several years ago – one of many “memory burns” created in Girdwood. Melissa DeVaughn

My sister has a term for those unexpected moments when something seemingly random or unplanned becomes a lifelong special time: “a memory burn.” It is such a fitting name. One…

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Moving forward

July 3, 2014
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Setbacks are only that – now, how to adjust It was a sunny afternoon in the spring of 2009 as I finished a long training ride and approached the school…

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