Letter from the Editor: November

November 11th is Veteran’s Day, and this issue is full of stories on veterans, service members, family members, and those who support them.

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Letter from the Editor: October

The United States Constitution, craft beer, and new jobs. It’s October, and October seems like a great month to talk about beer.

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Editor’s Letter: September

I’m only a writer out of necessity. I started writing to you each month because I want you to connect with the stories. It’s important to me.

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August Letter from the Editor

Teaching kids to fail gracefully, learn from their failures, pick themselves up and try again is my job. Failure is an excellent teacher.

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July Letter from the Editor

Taking a break from work and home is good for the soul; making time to connect and have fun is good for the family. Why not go camping?

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June Letter from the editor

Balance. Simple, right? Balance. Everyone understands what it means. You talk about balance, I talk about balance, and we are all having the same conversation. The definition may be universal, but the interpretation is very personal.

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May: From the Editor

Mother’s Day: Celebration or reflection? Mother’s Day is coming up, and mothers everywhere are waking up in fear. Caught between adorable starry-eyed children with the breakfast in bed, and fear of the disaster they have left in their wake.Ok. It’s not that bad. But it’s funny to think about, right? This issue of the ECHO Magazine shows motherhood from a few different perspectives.My children are older now, so the disasters are somewhat limited. We are able to avoid breakfast in bed by making reservations at Bear Mountain Grill and eating our fill at the buffet. Other than that, Mother’s Day is kind of like any other day at my house; there is fighting, cooking and cleaning.

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Honor, Educate & Inspire: Alaska Veterans Museum

Even with the highest veteran population (per capita) in the country, Alaska was the last state in the union to have a museum dedicated to honoring veterans and Alaska's contributions to military history.It was only through ten years of blood, sweat, and many tears of passionate volunteers that the Alaska Veterans Museum opened its doors on April 17th, 2011. Still operating as a 100% volunteer organization, their mission is simple; honor Alaska’s veterans' by recording and sharing their stories; educate visitors about Alaska’s military history through exhibits and displays; and inspire our community to support our Active Duty, Guard and Reserve, and our veterans.

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April Letter from the Editor

Ah April. I love the gift that April brings Alaska - the sun. I love knowing that summer is right around the corner. For my family, summer brings the busyness of fishing and camping and out-of-town guests. Sometimes that busyness is just too much. The length of days is overwhelming and I look for something to ground me.

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