Archived blog posts from 2012 and 2013.

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Welcome, Friends! A verse for today from Psalm 20:1 (NIV): May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. Yesterday, “America’s newest warship, the USS Anchorage, was commissioned during a persistent spring snow Saturday morning at the Port of Anchorage. Several thousand people stood or sat in the slush on the dock facing the $1.3 billion ship, a vessel longer than two football fields and capable of carrying up to 800 Marines to combat zones or natural disasters,” as reported by the Anchorage Daily News. Here’s a great shot from the event, posted here courtesy of Anchorage resident Rocky Grimes. Please take a minute and a half to watch the clip below that honors our Vietnam vets. It’s special because it was made by a group of young college students who weren’t even born during that war. 58,220 American soldiers gave up their lives fighting in that war in an effort to preserve democracy and stop the spread of communism. Hundreds of thousands more came home physically and psychologically injured. Most of those soldiers were just eighteen and nineteen year old kids at the time. Instead of receiving the heroes welcome they deserved when they reached American soil, most of them were treated disgracefully. How wrong is that? Young men and women giving everything for their country and then being treated like war criminals when they returned. It’s no wonder so many of our Vietnam vets had such a hard time adjusting to civilian life, and why many turned to drugs, alcohol, and even suicide. I’m proud of... read more

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Welcome, Friends! I thought I’d share some pictures of our still snowy spring.                         Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box found in the sidebar and watch for a verification email. (Spring Snowstorm 2013 image by Birch Leaf Photography) Have a guest post you’d like to submit? Read about the details HERE. To purchase a signed copy of Our Sarah, mail a $25 check (made out to Sally or Chuck Heath) to: Chuck and Sally Heath 425 North Klouda Circle Wasilla, Alaska 99654   Amazon.com Widgets   Amazon.com... read more

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It’s late April, and we should be in the midst of Spring now. I can’t recall a winter where the snow has hung on this long. I drove out to Wasilla for dinner at my folks house a couple of days ago and I saw people ice fishing on Mirror Lake. In forty years, I’ve never seen that this late in the season. We have a contest up here called the Nenana Ice Classic. This involves guessing the exact time the Tanana River breaks up. A large wooden tripod placed on the river ice and tied to a clock on the river’s shore, tips over when the ice goes out, and stops it. Last year, the ice went out and tripped the clock on April 23rd. The news reported on April 26th that due to our very cold winter (an inconvenient truth) the ice is still very solid and won’t go out for quite a while. Most of the guesses this year will probably be way off, but whoever is closest is going to win $318,000.00! You can check the webcam, updated every 30 seconds, HERE. I can attest to our extremely cold winter. We had an extremely frigid November with little snowfall. The ground froze extra deep without an insulating snow layer. For the first time in over thirty years, the ground under my septic line froze, heaved, and broke the line. Thousands of dollars later, we’re back in service. I am all for keeping our environment clean, but nature is bigger than man. We can work to keep it clean but we can’t control it. Subscribe free... read more

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Welcome, Friends! You are in for a treat. While I prepare for a college class I will be teaching and wrap up a lot of end of the school year loose ends, Mom and Dad will be sharing some of their own experiences here. Stay tuned for some great stories! As summer approaches (although you wouldn’t know it here in Anchorage… it was snowing again today!), my thoughts start to shift towards gold mining. I can’t wait to get out and hit the creeks. This season I plan on working at a placer mine north of Fairbanks and prospecting new areas every chance I get. I will be teaching a gold mining course at the University of Alaska next month, and in early June, I’ll head north to start mining. Here is a picture of Sarah, Todd, Piper, and me panning for gold in the Talkeetna Mountains. Come on, summer!   Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box found in the sidebar and watch for a verification email. (Panorama Peak image by Birch Leaf Photography) Have a guest post you’d like to submit? Read about the details HERE. To purchase a signed copy of Our Sarah, mail a $25 check (made out to Sally or Chuck Heath) to: Chuck and Sally Heath 425 North Klouda Circle Wasilla, Alaska 99654   Amazon.com Widgets   Amazon.com... read more

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Welcome, Friends! I posted on Facebook last night that I was very proud of all law enforcement (FBI, Homeland Security, Boston and Watertown police) for taking care of the creeps responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing and the senseless murder of the MIT police officer. Too many times, the media sensationalizes stories and paints our men and women in law enforcement as bad guys. Lay off of them! These people literally risk their lives every time they approach someone. They’re underpaid for what they do, and the media (and Hollywood) often perpetuate the myth that cops can’t be trusted. Hopefully this tragedy will bring the citizens of this country a little closer together and remind us all that those who put their life on the line every day, deserve our respect. KTUU.com shared a great story yesterday involving the Boston marathon about a couple from Alaska and a young woman from New England. They report: Brent Cunningham of Sitka had just finished the Boston Marathon when he and his wife tried to console a young woman who was blocked from reaching the finish line because of the explosions.   Cunningham gave his marathon medal to Laura Wellington of Cambridge, MA. who was sitting on a bench and crying after several tense minutes of not knowing whether her family was safe.   After the encounter, Wellington had no idea who the kind husband and wife were or where they were from until she posted her story on Facebook to try to find them.   The two runners reunited in Boston on Thursday during a meeting arranged by a network news... read more

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Welcome, Friends! My thoughts and prayers go out to the town of West, Texas. I’m sure that many people there are going through the darkest hours of their lives. I don’t understand why this kind of horrible thing happens to good people. I just want them to know that millions of Americans are thinking about them and that we want to help. Events like this can shake a person’s faith but without that faith, we have nothing. Here’s an encouraging poem I came across recently that addresses loss:       I’M FREE Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free. I’m following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard him call. I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I found that place at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, ah yes, these things, I too, will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all to brief; don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free. -Anonymous Author   Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box found in... read more

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Welcome, Friends! As we continue to remember in prayer those who were hurt by the cowardly act in Boston, it’s encouraging to hear the stories of American heroism coming out of the sadness. A phrase heard repeatedly is “they ran toward it and not away.” Servicemen and women, EMT, race volunteers, and onlookers alike ran toward the injured and disoriented in the aftermath. It’s what we do, regardless of political ideals or biased notions about anything. America is worth saving.   Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box found in the sidebar and watch for a verification email. Have a guest post you’d like to submit? Read about the details HERE. To purchase a signed copy of Our Sarah, mail a $25 check (made out to Sally or Chuck Heath) to: Chuck and Sally Heath 425 North Klouda Circle Wasilla, Alaska 99654   Amazon.com Widgets   Amazon.com... read more

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Welcome, Friends! In case you missed it, here are some links from this week’s posts: The Porch, April 8, 2013 Edition – A tribute to Margaret Thatcher and the answer to the “what is it” picture. Alaska’s Main Artery – The history of the railroad in Alaska, with pictures and video clips. The Porch, April 9, 2013 Edition – An old video clip of a rotary snowplow in action. The Porch, April 12, 2013 Edition – My first national interview, with Kate Snow of ABC’s GMA show. Have you seen the new kicker from Norway whom the Detroit Lions just signed? Meet Havard Rugland. Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box found in the sidebar and watch for a verification email. (Featured image by Jack King ) Have a guest post you’d like to submit? Read about the details HERE. To purchase a signed copy of Our Sarah, mail a $25 check (made out to Sally or Chuck Heath) to: Chuck and Sally Heath 425 North Klouda Circle Wasilla, Alaska 99654   Amazon.com Widgets   Amazon.com... read more

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Welcome, Friends! Here’s a little flashback… Back in 2008, I did my first national TV interview with Kate Snow on ABC Good Morning America. I was naive and obviously very nervous but Kate treated me very well. Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box found in the sidebar and watch for a verification email. (Pretty in Pink by Birch Leaf Photography) Have a guest post you’d like to submit? Read about the details HERE. To purchase a signed copy of Our Sarah, mail a $25 check (made out to Sally or Chuck Heath) to: Chuck and Sally Heath 425 North Klouda Circle Wasilla, Alaska 99654   Amazon.com Widgets   Amazon.com... read more

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Welcome, Friends! If you missed it, Sarah has an article published at National Review about Margaret Thatcher. You can read it at this link:  The Grocer’s Daughter. How about another great picture of the Iron Lady?     A new post is up here called Alaska’s Main Artery. Check it out and you’ll learn about the history of Alaska’s railroad and what impact it played on the existence of today’s towns. And for those of you that were interested in how the rotary snowplow worked, below is a vintage clip of one of these plows in action. Under that is a picture of another type of plow, a centrifugal snow plough patented by Orange Jull in Canada in 1884.     Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box found in the sidebar and watch for a verification email. (Fairbanks Train Station by Ron Reiring at Wikipedia) Have a guest post you’d like to submit? Read about the details HERE. To purchase a signed copy of Our Sarah, mail a $25 check (made out to Sally or Chuck Heath) to: Chuck and Sally Heath 425 North Klouda Circle Wasilla, Alaska 99654   Amazon.com Widgets   Amazon.com... read more
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