Archived blog posts from 2012 and 2013.

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VOTE! And take someone with you! A few links for today… Franklin Graham Asks for Prayer and Support for Sandy Victims – Interesting article on Samaritan’s Purse efforts and features volunteers, Graham and his wife, Jane, and Fox News host Greta Van Susteren and her husband, John. FoxNews.com Election Command Center – A neat site for tracking and watching results as they come. US for Palin Get Out the Vote Message – Urgent request from site owner, Ron Devito.   Sarah goes On the Record with Greta concerning the evangelical vote – Video courtesy of channel sarahnettoo.     And a pleasant thought from this tweeter. @seanhannityI would like to see all of us wish @barackobama a happy retirement effective 11/7/2012 Pack ur bags sir! #lnyhbt #TeaParty — Scott Hendricks (@ScottHHendricks) November 6, 2012   Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box in the lower right corner and watch for a verification email. (Flag Chimes on Alaskan Porch image courtesy of Birch Leaf... read more

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Welcome, Friends! Obviously, tomorrow is a big day for America. Whether the election outcome goes the way we want it to or not, our voices will still be heard at the polls. It is our country’s unique process, and I hope you will be able to convince any reluctant friends and family to go vote. As Sarah said last night in her post at Facebook: Voting is our duty and our right. We must never forget the immense sacrifices generations of Americans, including our brave men and women in uniform today, have made to give us this right. And we must never forget the duty we owe to generations of Americans yet to be born to exercise our right to vote prudently. The White House and control of the Senate is in the balance in this election, and every vote will count.   I firmly believe it is our responsibility to restore this country and secure the blessings of liberty and prosperity for our children, just as it was secured for us. This is our sacred duty to the past and to the future. We will succeed in this so help us God. Using your voice is related to the second thing I’d like to address, the subject of “lurking” on webpages. “Lurking” is something that I practiced for years. It involves intensely reading other people’s musings on various subjects online, but never commenting on it, even when you had a very strong opinion on that subject yourself for fear of angering others… especially your friends. Many people do get involved in commenting, but the majority use pseudonyms to... read more

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Welcome, Friends! It’s Brush Arbor Sunday here at The Porch. A prayer for all of us this week, as storm survivors, voters…Americans: I pray that the Lord will bless and protect you, and that he will show you mercy and kindness. May the Lord be good to you and give you peace. ~ Numbers 6:24-26 (CEV) In mentioning the 2008 election yesterday, I thought today you might like to see a few candid snapshots from that time:    Sarah returning to AZ on election day after voting in Wasilla.    2008 election night in Arizona… my kids, sister Molly’s kids, Todd’s niece.   Dad getting off the plane in Arizona.   Me by the stage in AZ where McCain conceded.   Iditarod champion Martin Buser on the plane with us flying back to Alaska from AZ after the election.   Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box in the lower right corner and watch for a verification email. (Lodge in Denali, AK image courtesy of Birch Leaf... read more

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Welcome, Friends! I posted a short video clip yesterday on Facebook and thought I would share it here too. As I mentioned there, there’s nothing really special about this video clip, but it gives you a tiny glimpse of Dad, his best friend Adrian, their dogs Cache and Bo, and my son Teko, heading into the gold mine. It is so beautiful out there and I wish you could all see it in person. — at Talkeetna Mountains, Ak. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Our thoughts are still with those of you dealing with the aftermath of the storm. Please keep us updated!       Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box in the lower right corner and watch for a verification email. (Old Wasilla, AK Train Depot image courtesy of Birch Leaf... read more

Tuesday’s Turning Point

As we approach this extremely important presidential election on Tuesday, I thought I’d share a couple of quick thoughts: As you all know, our family was right in the middle of all this four years ago. We got to experience some amazing things and meet many incredible people. We also got to see the dark, ugly side of politics where people spread lies, expected favors, and said some of the most terrible things you can imagine. If you’ve read our book, you already know what I’m talking about. Through it all, our family tried to rise above the attacks on Sarah, her children, and the rest of us. It wasn’t easy and it’s still not. I’ll never understand where the deep-seated hatred comes from in some people. As hard as it is sometimes, we still try to say a prayer for those people who feel the need to so viciously attack her. We really do hope that they’ll find some kind of inner-peace. As I said in our book, when the election results started filtering in on that November night in 2008 and we realized that a defeat was inevitable, we didn’t hang our heads and wallow in self-pity.  We knew that we (especially Sarah) had fought as hard as humanly possible to come out on top. Probably as the result of years involved in competitive sports, we handled the defeat with class and we sincerely wished our new president well. After all, the fate of our nation, and our children was now in his hands, so of course we wanted him to succeed. Well, the experiment didn’t seem to... read more

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Welcome, Friends! After yesterday’s salmon recipes,  I thought maybe today you’d like to see some pictures of Dad collecting salmon. Here are two photos of Dad’s fish wheel on the Copper River near Chitna, Alaska. Dad and five or six of his friends split time using the wheel. On a great day, like a few of them we had this summer, the wheel can catch 200-300 salmon. Our family has fished this same beach since the early 1970s.         In the next two photos are Dad and his friend, Adrian Lane, tending the wheel. Adrian was one of Dad’s former students in Sandpoint, Idaho. He, along with eight or nine of Dad’s other former students in Idaho, followed Dad’s lead and now live near him in Alaska. And then there’s always this method…   Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box in the lower right corner and watch for a verification email.   (Kennecott Mine near McCarthy, AK image courtesy of Birch Leaf... read more

My Salmon Recipes

By request, here are some salmon recipes I’ve come up with over the years. I hope you enjoy them as much as our family does. Feel free to share your own recipes in the comments. I know I’d like to see them!                     Cajun Alaskan Tempura Salmon Bites Ingredients: Salmon Kikkoman Extra Crispy Tempura Batter Midnight Sun Brewery’s Sockeye Red IPA Powdered Garlic Cayenne Pepper Paprika Salt White Pepper Olive Oil Lemon Juice Tartar Sauce In this recipe, I cut my salmon fillets into cubes, rinse and dry them, and then toss them into a bowl. I mix up a batter made of Kikkoman Extra Crispy Tempura Batter, but instead of the water it recommends, I substitute a like amount of Midnight Sun Brewery’s Sockeye Red IPA (India Pale Ale Beer). If you can’t get it in your area, use your favorite IPA or beer. Add a little powdered garlic, cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, and white pepper. Mix until you have the consistency of pancake batter, then dump the salmon chunks into it. Heat about a 1/2 inch of olive oil in a large frying pan (I do it outside on my grill to eliminate splatter and smell). Deep fry them until they’re golden brown on both sides. Drip fresh lemon juice on them and serve with tartar sauce. EVERYONE loves this! It’s healthier than traditional deep fry recipes and it tastes better too. This is an awesome halibut and cod recipe too.   Copper River Glazed Teriyaki Fillets Ingredients: Salmon Brown Sugar Soy Sauce Pickled Ginger Garlic In a glass... read more

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Welcome, Friends! Thank you all for sharing your storm experiences in the comments and for keeping us abreast of the current environment during clean-up and rebuilding. You are the best reporting eyes and ears we have! Here’s an incredible video of the Coast Guard rescue of the HMS Bounty crew. You can hear the serious tone and sounds of physical effort in the audio, as fourteen of the ship’s sailors are hauled to safety. From initial reports, it appears the captain of the Bounty, Robin Walbridge, thought the ship would fare better at sea than at shore and ended up sailing right into Hurricane Sandy’s path. As it stands, the ship is gone, the captain is still missing, and one other crew member, Claudene Christian, was found drowned. Christian was interestingly a descendant of the original Bounty mutineer and according to ADN.com, she was a 1988 graduate of West Anchorage High School and crowned Miss Alaska National Teenager in 1987 and Miss Alaska American Coed in 1988. As the days go by, there are sure to be more stories of heroism and self-sacrifice surrounding the events of the storm, as in the case of this remarkable Coast Guard crew. Thank God for those people who bravely go and do, so that the rest of us can live.   Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box in the lower right corner and watch for a verification email.   (Kennecott Mine near McCarthy, AK image courtesy of Birch Leaf... read more

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Welcome, Friends! How is everyone today? We continue to remember those who have been affected by the storm and hope life gets back to normal very soon. It has been saddening to see images of all the damage and learn of the loss of life. Here again is the link to what Samaritan’s Purse is doing to address storm related needs and how you can possibly help with time or donations: Responding to Hurricane Sandy   On a lighter note, Steven Crowder released a new video last night. What do you think?       Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box in the lower right corner and watch for a verification email. (McCarthy, AK image courtesy of Birch Leaf... read more

Heath Halloweens

Katie F. asked me in the comment section the other day about our family’s Halloween traditions growing up. Well, they were probably a lot like the rest of yours, only a lot colder. We didn’t have any money, so everything we wore, we made ourselves. Since it was usually freezing outside on Halloween night, most of the kids in town dressed up as ghosts. That way you could wear your snow pants and heavy coats under a sheet. We’d always carve a couple of big pumpkins (yes, we even got them in Alaska), and Mom, Sarah, Heather, and Molly would salt the seeds and roast them in the oven. Then they’d make a couple of delicious pies with the remaining pumpkin guts (I do not know what the technical term for the innards of a pumpkin is). We also tried to catch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on TV! In our little town, we didn’t have traditional subdivisions that you see nowadays… the houses were very far apart and we got a real workout trudging between them. And since we didn’t have the chance to eat much candy back then, trying to fill our pillow cases with goodies made that yearly trudge worthwhile. I remember being so disappointed when we’d knock on a door and have an apple dropped into our bag! We wanted real junk! After trick-or-treating, we’d return home, dump our candy out, count the pieces, and eat way too much of it, sometimes to the point of throwing it up. The next day at school, we’d all brag to our friends about how much we’d... read more
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