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Flying with Eagles

Bruce Hamler was one of the first pioneers of paragliding in Alaska but helping to start a sport in Alaska wasn’t his intention.

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If you have driven along the Turnagain Arm during the bore tide, you have likely seen people surfing the cold water as they ride the waves.

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Modern vs. Old School: Key differences in the world of “real” and electronic pianos

A lot of people land in the middle of a dilemma when preparing to take the plunge and buy a piano or an electric keyboard. Which is best?

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Potter Marsh is at the southern end of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, roughly fifteen minutes south of downtown Anchorage.

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Cycling and Yoga

Cycling and is a fun, however, it puts your body in a very specific posture for long periods of time. This is where yoga poses come.

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Creation versus Imitation: Achieving Optimal Artistic Balance

Yet imitation and creation are quite closely related, and in fact, when it comes to music they are inseparable.

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The trailhead at the Eagle River Nature Center opens the pathway to spring. As you set out down the trail, the sweet scent of fresh green pines baking in the sun is strong. It’s a unique alpine announcement that spring is in the air.

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Alaska Summer: A Runner’s Paradise

Alaska is a runner’s paradise with access to endless trails, long hours of daylight, and terrain to suit anyone's skill level from novice to elite competitor. Summer is just getting started. With summer sun, everyone from first-time runners to those elite competitors are lacing up their running shoes.

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Festival season hacks

I recently decided to focus on eating clean and healthy again. Do you know how hard it is to eat healthy at a music festival? Picture this: Guy Fieri is standing at his barbeque pit slathering juicy barbecue sauce over brown sugar covered ribs and brisket.

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Women’s Cycling: Anchorage’s strong community

Alaskans are incredibly fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Alaskan women are lucky to have such a strong, supportive community for women’s cycling. There are many women-specific events. The upcoming Bike for Women sold out in just over 17 hours this year, a new record! The road race division of the Arctic Bike Club hosts a women-only race series annually (mark the June 12-19 Pocketful of Posies on your calendars now). The Gold Nugget Triathlon sells out every year in minutes.

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Taking a Musical Excursion

There’s no denying the Alaskan awakening is hitting us all right now, our every fiber collectively shouting, “Summer, here we come!” As the Arctic’s most dynamic and invigorating season descends, it begs for celebration and inspires creative expression. As summer gets underway, Alaska’s artistic inhabitants are eager to oblige. Alaska positively teems with ALL things art, but for those of us with a musical affinity, it's the bounty of music found front and center at the many outdoor markets, city events, and seasonal festivals that we’ve most eagerly anticipated.

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Balancing summer movement

As you move into your summer activities, HealthWise Care Center &  Physical Therapy has some advice for maintaining a healthy body. Have you ever thought about the amount of time you spend on one leg versus the other? Whether walking, running or standing, spending an equal amount of time on each leg is important to maintain muscle balance in both legs. Whether you realize it or not, we spend a great amount of time on a single leg throughout the day.

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Obstacles or opportunities for Sno-X kids

Dane Ferguson has always made the most of obstacles in his path, turning what many would consider day-ending crashes into golden opportunities. His career of high-flying flips on snowmachines is legendary. He has an X Games gold medal to his name and is known throughout the freestyle ranks as a pioneer of the backcountry freestyle big air movement.Things changed when Ferguson and his wife Katie started a family. Raising their kids in the sport became a new passion.

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Getting back in the saddle

Think back to your youth - your very first ride with no training wheels, the sense of accomplishment, control and balance. As your confidence built, the feeling changed to exhilaration and joy as you tested your limits. Always a little faster and further, the wind in your face. And then the freedom you felt as you got older, meeting friends at the park, the library or the corner store on your own. Your bicycle was your transportation, a good friend, and your entertainment.At some point, the bicycle was replaced with other modes of transportation. It was relegated to the depths of the garage, and the joy you felt while you rode was forgotten.It's time to dig it out, dust it off, and make friends again.

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Quitter’s Cliff: How to stay off the edge

In my line of work, a specific confession is routinely offered up when someone finds out I’m a music teacher: “When I was a kid I didn’t practice.” I can see the guilty party getting ready to wince, almost expecting me to whip out a ruler at this admission. Without fail, what immediately follows is, “But I wish I would have stuck with it so that now I could really play!”That last part is usually said in total earnest and (I’m pretty sure) not just to escape the whack of the ruler. The specter of the missed opportunity to become a good player haunts many “ex”-music students. Those who gave up their instrument will readily admit not having the discipline to have kept up on practice, yet seem to honestly regret the fateful--and maybe premature--decision to quit altogether.

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