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Lettrs to the editor

...Henderson has announced her retirement from KCHS. Renee became a part of our family long before I ever showed up. My mom and dad met her the month after they were married, when they moved into the apartment below her in Old Town Kenai after having moved...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/2014-04-17/lettrs-to-the-editor
Opinion
Pioneer Potluck: About Easter on the farm

...as we each got 6 boiled eggs and sometimes Dad would get in on it. We always made sure two eggs had Mom or Dad written on it with crayon. We also wrote...and eat the "cracked" Easter eggs with Dad, salt and pepper in hand, enjoying every...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/arts-entertainment/food/2014-04-15
Food
Rebel Without a Cause

Opens Friday, Apr 18, 2014 Synopsis: This landmark juvenile-delinquent drama scrupulously follows the classic theatrical disciplines, telling all within a 24-hour period. Teenager Jimmy Stark (James Dean) can't help but get into trouble, a problem that has forced his appearance-conscious parents (Jim Backus and Ann Doran) to move from one town to another. The film's tormented central characters are all introduced during a single night-court session, presided over by well-meaning social worker Ray (Edward Platt). Jimmy, arrested on a drunk-and-disorderly charge, screams "You're tearing me apart!" as his blind-sided parents bicker with one another over how best to handle the situation. Judy (Natalie Wood) is basically a good kid but behaves wildly out of frustration over her inability to communicate with her deliberately distant father (William Hopper). (The incestuous subtext of this relationship is discreetly handled, but the audience knows what's going on in the minds of Judy and her dad at all times.) And Plato (Sal Mineo), who is so sensitive that he threatens to break apart like porcelain, has taken to killing puppies as a desperate bid for attention from his wealthy, always absent parents.

The next morning, Jimmy tries to start clean at a new high school, only to run afoul of local gang leader Buzz (Corey Allen), who happens to be Judy's boyfriend. Anxious to fit in, Jimmy agrees to settle his differences with a nocturnal "Chickie Run": he and Buzz are to hop into separate stolen cars, then race toward the edge of a cliff; whoever jumps out of the car first is the "chickie." When asked if he's done this sort of thing before, Jimmy lies, "That's all I ever do." This wins him the undying devotion of fellow misfit Plato. At the appointed hour, the Chickie Run takes place, inaugurated by a wave of the arms from Judy. The cars roar toward the cliff; Jimmy is able to jump clear, but Buzz, trapped in the driver's set when his coat gets caught on the door handle, plummets to his death. In the convoluted logic of Buzz' gang, Jimmy is held responsible for the boy's death. For the rest of the evening, he is mercilessly tormented by Buzz' pals, even at his own doorstep. After unsuccessfully trying to sort things out with his weak-willed father, Jimmy runs off into the night. He links up with fellow "lost souls" Judy and Plato, hiding out in an abandoned palatial home and enacting the roles of father, mother, and son. For the first time, these three have found kindred spirits -- but the adults and kids who have made their lives miserable haven't given up yet, leading to tragedy. Out of the bleakness of the finale comes a ray of hope that, at last, Jimmy will be truly understood.

Rebel Without a Cause began as a case history, written in 1944 by Dr. Robert Lindner. Originally intended as a vehicle for Marlon Brando, the property was shelved until Brando's The Wild One (1953) opened floodgates for films about crazy mixed-up teens. Director Nicholas Ray, then working on a similar project, was brought in to helm the film version. His star was James Dean, fresh from Warners' East of Eden. Ray's low budget dictated that the new film be lensed in black-and-white, but when East of Eden really took off at the box office, the existing footage was scrapped and reshot in color. This was great, so far as Ray was concerned, inasmuch as he had a predilection for symbolic color schemes. James Dean's hot red jacket, for example, indicated rebellion, while his very blue blue jeans created a near luminescent effect (Ray had previously used the same vivid color combination on Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar). As part of an overall bid for authenticity, real-life gang member Frank Mazzola was hired as technical advisor for the fight scenes. To extract as natural a performance as possible from Dean, Ray redesigned the Stark family's living room set to resemble Ray's own home, where Dean did most of his rehearsing. Speaking of interior sets, the mansion where the three troubled teens hide out had previously been seen as the home of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. Of the reams of on-set trivia concerning Rebel, one of the more amusing tidbits involves Dean's quickie in-joke impression of cartoon character Mr. Magoo -- whose voice was, of course, supplied by Jim Backus, who played Jimmy's father. Viewing the rushes of this improvisation, a clueless Warner Bros. executive took Dean to task, saying in effect that if he must imitate an animated character, why not Warners' own Bugs Bunny? Released right after James Dean's untimely death, Rebel Without a Cause netted an enormous profit. The film almost seems like a eulogy when seen today, since so many of its cast members -- James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Nick Adams -- died young. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Cast: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Corey Allen, Sal Mineo, Dennis Hopper Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

Pioneer Potluck: About Dad, the farmer

...inspiring. The first thing that comes to my mind is our dad, John McClure. Dad got up at dawn or before to tend to the irrigated crops...kids packed in that old pea-green four-door Dodge. Dad would sing his heart out driving into town and expected...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/arts-entertainment/food/2014-04-08-3
Food

...young son and I visited, he sat there and taught Tommy to whittle with a pocketknife.Songwriter Steve Good man wrote of his dad: "And now the old man's gone, and I'd give all I own, to hear what he said when I wasn't listening, to my old man...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/community/2014-04-11
Community
Joe

Now Playing Synopsis: David Gordon Green's Joe stars Nicolas Cage as the title character, the foreman of a work crew hired to poison trees before they are cleared from land owned by people who plan to develop it. One day, 15-year-old Gary (Tye Sheridan) arrives at the worksite looking for a job for both himself and his alcoholic, shiftless father. Joe hires them both, but the self-destructive dad is quickly told never to return. Gary, however, earns his keep, and soon he begins to think of Joe as a father figure. However, Joe has a prison record, and a problem keeping his explosive anger in check, and when a local man develops a grudge against him, both Gary and Joe must take a stand. Joe screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Gary Poulter, Sue Rock Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Pioneer Potluck: About growing up on the farm

...to replace the dirt we used to play in, Dad put a swing in the Boxelder tree for us to...enough in the swing she would go to sleep. Dad also purchased a hammock (which none of us kids mastered). Dad would carefully crawl in the hammock and...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/arts-entertainment/food/2014-04-01-5
Food
Preview: High school track and field season begins

...in the sprinting events. The boys sprint team looks to have an early leader in freshman Josh Jackman, says Trujillo. "His dad still holds the long jump and 200 meters records at Kenai," Trujillo said. "I would not be surprised if his son changes that...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/sports/2014-04-05/high-school-track-and-field-season
Sports
I like the smell

...floats, or just to have in our room for fun. It's a lost art, I'm sure.I remember my mom's scent on nights she and Dad went out "to town." It was a warm smell, and I have no idea what it was, as she didn't use perfume. Nothing as garish...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/community/2014-04-05/i-like-the-smell
Community
Pioneer Potluck: About living on the farm

...I hauled off and did what my Dad did quite often in Moms kitchen...me to go wash my face before Dad came in from work or what if...I sat on my hand a lot when Dad or Grandpa or Grandma were around...Happy St. Patrick's Day, my Dads favorite holiday. We had to...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/arts-entertainment/food/2014-03-18
Food

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