PEGGY MCKEE BARNHILL

Gimme a Smile: What do you like about Christmas?

"What do you like about Christmas?" Little Eir asks this question in Deborah Brevoort's oratorio, "King Island Christmas," and the villagers respond with delightful aspects of celebrating Christmas on a remote Bering Sea island. Read more

Gimme a Smile: A day in the life of a procrastinator

I would love to see statistics on what percentage of people identify as procrastinators, those lovable people who put off until tomorrow what they don't want to tackle today. I suppose I could look it up online, if I ever got around to it. Read more

Gimme a Smile: Vote your right to exercise

It’s surprising how much the presidential election and exercise have in common. It’s a presidential race, after all. In Britain, candidates “stand” for the election, but in the United States, they “run.” Read more

Gimme a Smile: Housework on a sunny Juneau day

Sing it with me, to the tune of "My Girl" by the Temptations: "I've got housework, on a sunny day. When it's nice outside, I don't get to play. Read more

Gimme a Smile: Life lists

I don't often find myself drawn to the newest craze. Until this summer, I proudly flipped my phone, resisting the urge to say, "Beam me up Scotty," when answering my calls. Read more

Gimme a Smile: Laundry withdrawal

I have laundry withdrawal. I never thought I would say those words. All I want to do is wash my clothes, and I can't. It's been two and a half weeks since I've had a working washing machine in my house. Read more

Gimme a Smile: A tale of three birds

Everybody loves a good personality inventory. Take the test and find out if you're an introvert or extrovert; Type A or Type B personality; phlegmatic, choleric, melancholic or sanguine. Read more

Gimme a Smile: Math, anyone?

They tell you to take math classes all the way through high school, so you can get into college. True fact - I did not take a single math course in college. Not one. Read more

Gimme a Smile: Colds, caucuses and skunk cabbage

It's a big responsibility writing a column for the newspaper, trying to touch on topics that readers will identify with while highlighting the humorous side of life. Read more

Gimme a Smile: Practically perfect in what way?

Another New Year, another chance to renew the elusive quest for perfection. Isn't that what New Year's resolutions are all about? This year I have decided to choose as my role model a great woman, worthy of emulation. Read more

Gimme a Smile: Cracking the Kid Code

As any parent knows, having a conversation with your children sometimes feels like speaking a foreign language. Successful parent/child communication involves cracking the code. Kids regularly speak in a code of their own making. Read more

Gimme a Smile: Fear and illusion: A trip to the airport

Anyone who's been on an airplane knows the unique mixture of fear and illusion that underscores the flying experience. Read more

Top ten ways to cope with the rain

Fall in Southeast Alaska means rain. Forget all thoughts of bright fall leaves and crisp evening football games. Let go of your fantasies of moonlit hayrides, and get used to being wet. Read more

Smile: How to get what you want

Cue the Rolling Stones: "You can't always get what you want . But if you try sometimes, well you just might find, you get what you need." Kids hate that song. Read more

Gimme a Smile: Unsolved Mysteries: The Kitchen Edition

Of all the rooms in one's house, the kitchen gets the most use. Even if you're not much of a cook, you still have to stop by the kitchen for a swig of orange juice straight out of the carton, or to grab a quick cheese stick from the fridge. Read more

Gimme a Smile: Life lessons from Alaska

On July 4, we celebrated the birthplace of our nation, but it's the day after that holds a special place in my heart. On July 5, 1993, at 2 a.m. my husband and I arrived in Juneau on the ferry. Read more

Gimme a Smile: When children move on

My oldest child just graduated from high school. Read more

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