Author Archives: Pat Tully

About Pat Tully

Librarian exploring effective leadership, local history and community service.

Henry Steinkamp’s Civil War

This Thanksgiving our stepmother Carolyn gave me copies of the letters of her great granduncle Henry Steinkamp. Carolyn’s father’s paternal grandmother, Angelina Magsig, was born Angelina Steinkamp in 1858. She was three years old when her older brother Henry enlisted … Continue reading

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In-Flight Adventures

I just got back from visiting family over Thanksgiving week. It was great to see everyone and share stories and memories. The last time I visited was 11 months ago, when I was driving across the country to my new … Continue reading

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Today I am Grateful …

(With apologies to the Ketchikan Daily News–I wrote this for their AdLib column but forgot to send it while on vacation last week.) For the past few weeks the Library has had a display across from the circulation desk, asking … Continue reading

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Uncertainty Principle

I recently listened to the book Under the Banner of Heaven, by Jon Krakauer. It is the story of the 1984 murder of a mother and her young child by Ron and Dan Lafferty, two of her husband’s brothers. The … Continue reading

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Life’s rich pageant

Time passes. Lately I have heard and seen a lot of stories on aging and the passage of time (or maybe I have just been noticing them more). Last weekend I watched two movies on TCM that were very different, … Continue reading

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Termination dust

Less than a month ago termination dust appeared on the mountains around Ketchikan. Termination dust is Alaskan for a light dusting of snow on the upper slopes of a mountain. Its appearance marks the end of summer. We did not … Continue reading

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Our Veterans

Our father, Robert Tully, served in the Air Force for four years after high school, from 1958-1962. Our parents had just married when Dad was sent to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington; I was born there. Shortly afterwards … Continue reading

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