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By Jeanne Devon: Return of the Truth Squad!

I know what you’ve been wondering for the last 10 years. What ever happened to Ed O’Callaghan?

On the off chance you haven’t been wondering this for the last 10 years, let me refresh your memory.

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Messy Nessy Chic

The Little Paris Beekeeping School
Paris as you know, is like a jewel box, hiding endless little gems; another of which I’m going to share with you today, nestled in the iconic Jardin du Luxembourg. Begin by finding the south west entrance to the gardens on Rue d’Assas, near Hemingway’s old stomping grounds, and turn right into the fruit orchard…

Escape to Sarah Bernhardt’s Seaside Fortress
This weekend, let’s escape to the seaside paradise Brittany, France, to peak inside the 19th century fortress that belonged to the eccentric, inimitable Sarah Bernhardt. As an actor, she was truly one of the first global superstars, and it was her flair for blurring the lines between performance and reality that made her an international sensation.…
Back to the Borscht Belt: Exploring the Ruins of another Doomed Resort Hotel
The Borscht Belt in the Catskill Mountains was once one of the New York’s premiere holiday destinations. Named after the Eastern European soup, during its heyday the Borscht Belt boasted around 500 hundred hotels. Catering to mostly Jewish holiday makers, the so-called ‘Jewish Alps’ were filled with everything from grand hotels and resorts, to more…
He Spent 20 Years in the Desert Carving a Village of Dolls
Welcome to Possum Trot, California. Human population: 2. Doll population:
Remember when you could Mail Order an Entire House in a Giant DIY Kit?
Sears was once the largest and most powerful retailer in the United States of America before Walmart stole the title in 1989. It first began as a mail ordering catalog company in 1892, when they started peddling watches, then expanding into hardware, furniture and nearly anything else the American household could desire, focusing business in small…
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Exploring Life & Love Stories – An Interview with Falguni Kothari

Bobbi Dumas interviews Falguni Kothari, author of ‘My Last Love Story’.

If you caught last week’s post, you’ll know that I’m interviewing authors who are at different stages of their careers. I started January with an interview of Rachel Gibson, a long-established, highly popular romance novelist who’s revisiting her first and most well-known series, The Chinooks.

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By Diana Urban: 45 Inspirational Marketing Tips from Authors [Free Flipbook!]

Marketing a new book can be a stressful endeavor. After all the hard work you’ve done to prepare for publication, you also need to take on promotional activities to reach your target audience and make the book rise in the rankings — whether you’re an indie or traditionally published author, a marketer at a publishing house, or a publicist.

The good news is, you’re not alone! To give you some inspiration for when it’s time to promote your next book, we compiled a flipbook of 45 quotes from authors in which they offer advice and tips on marketing a book — from high level inspiration to in-the-weeds promotional strategies.

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To give you inspiration for when it’s time to promote your next book, we compiled a flipbook of 45 quotes from authors. They had plenty of tips to share!

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Military January 19, 2018

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Charles Plouffe, 3rd Marine Division: Face of Defense: Marine Rescues 4 People From Rip Current in Okinawa
There’s An App For That: Marine Designs Mobile Solution for Common Problem

By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: DoD Launching Initiative to Get to #KnowYourMil Better

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan A. Conley, 171st Air Refueling Wing: Face of Defense: Musical Airman Sets Sights on Future Pursuits

By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: DoD Advises on ’12 Strong,’ Gives Take on Movie’s Accuracy
By Air Force Master Sgt. Philip Speck 379th Air Expeditionary Wing: Airmen Operate ‘Flying Ambulances’ for Evacuation Missions
Joy Lofthouse obituary
Pilot whose role during the second world war was to fly military planes between air bases for the Air Transport Auxiliary

In 1943 Joy Lofthouse, a 20-year-old bank cashier, replied to an advertisement she had seen in the Aeroplane magazine. It was for women to train for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), and although the competition was intense her application was successful. As a result she went on to become one of 164 female pilots during the second world war who were given the important job of ferrying military planes around the UK from one air base to another.

Lofthouse, who has died aged 94, showed great aptitude for flying. Her first solo flight was in a Miles Magister, an open, low-winged monoplane. After qualifying, her initial work focused on delivering Magisters and Tiger Moth biplanes to flying schools. Later she moved on to fighter planes, including Spitfires.



By Alex Snyder, Defense Media Activity: Medal of Honor Recipient and POW Whose Valor Was ‘Hard To Keep Secret’

Air Force Col. Leo Thorsness is a former state senator and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for the courage he displayed on a mission during the Vietnam War, just over a week before he was taken prisoner.

Thorsness was born Feb. 14, 1932, in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, where he attended school and earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts. He attended South Dakota State College in 1950. A year later, he enlisted in the Air Force and went on to graduate from the Aviation Cadet Program with a commission as a 2nd lieutenant.

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Leo Keith Thorsness (February 14, 1932 – May 2, 2017) was a colonel in the United States Air Force who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the medal for an air engagement on April 19, 1967. He was shot down two weeks later and spent six years in captivity in North Vietnam as a prisoner of war. After his military service, Thorsness served one term in the Washington State Senate.

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907 Updates January 19, 2018

Wish the Grunwald’s the best!
By Zaz Hollander: David Grunwald’s father is suing 2 teens he says swapped his son’s murder weapon for drugs. He’s suing their parents, too.
By Leroy Polk: UPDATE: 1 arrested, 1 still on the loose in Eagle River home invasion
By Daniella Rivera: APD arrested 10 people in 24 hours: Where are they now?
By KTVA Web Staff: Spring Creek prison in lockdown after 43-inmate riot
By Anchorage Daily News: Video and transcript: Alaska Gov. Bill Walker delivers 2018 State of the State address
By Victoria Taylor: New project aims to ease midtown congestion
An open house for the project is scheduled for January 30, from 3pm – 7pm at the Loussac Library.
By Samantha Angaiak: Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council passes resolution on tanker transit training
The resolution said, “Escort vessel crews deserve and must receive training and experience escorting tankers and practicing disabled
tanker towing saves throughout PWS over the full range of operating conditions in which they are expected to perform escort and disabled tanker towing services. Controlled training opportunities, including in adverse weather, can and should be stopped at any time that the risk to crews and/or vessels becomes unacceptably high.”
By Charles Wohlforth: How Saturday morning coffees in Anchorage translate into lives saved overseas
“You can use our democracy here in the United States to make use of the wealth and power we get by the luck of our birth,” Hudson said. “The table’s all set for us, all we have to do is work the levers of government and we can help our fellow humans all over the planet. It seems like a no-brainer.”
By John Tracy: The day an Alaskan held the White House accountable
Buzz Briefs: Bestselling authors visit Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

The book is the second in the popular “Heart of Alaska” series, which centers on the Curry Hotel located at the foot of Mt. Denali in 1920s Alaska.

Music January 19, 2018





Quotes January 19, 2018

Every soldier should learn survival on land, sea, and in the air.
Louis Zamperini
Soldiers are men…most apt for all manner of services and best able to support and endure the infinite toils and continual hazards of war.
Henry Knyvett
A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers.
Norman Schwarzkopf
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
Napoleon Bonaparte
There’s something about an American soldier you can’t explain. They’re so grateful for anything, even a film actress coming to see them.
Marlene Dietrich
Soldiers have many faults, but they have one redeeming merit; they are never worshippers of force. Soldiers more than any other men are taught severely and systematically that might is not right.
G. K. Chesterton
Our soldiers and their families are benefiting. They deserve good, quality housing and they need it.
Jim Walsh

Music January 18, 2018