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25 Gifts for Tough Homesteading Ladies – Idlewild Alaska

Listen up, guys, here’s the list of gifts for tough homesteading ladies – What they REALLY want for Christmas! No girly-girl gifts on this list!

25 Gifts for Tough Homesteading Ladies – Idlewild Alaska

NORN’S TRIAD PUBLICATIONS: Who are we? – Author Sahara Foley

Several weeks ago, hell, months, now, I was approached by my good friend, Julie Northup.  She asked if I wanted to be a part of her publishing company.  I say ‘hers’ as she’s the CFO and brains behind it.  I …

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FYI November 23, 2017

1936 – Life magazine is reborn as a photo magazine and enjoys instant success.
Life was an American magazine that ran weekly from 1883 to 1936 as a humor magazine with limited circulation. Time owner Henry Luce bought the magazine in 1936, solely so that he could acquire the rights to its name, and launched a major weekly news magazine with a strong emphasis on photojournalism. Life was published weekly until 1972, as an intermittent “special” until 1978, and as a monthly from 1978 to 2000.

After 2000 Time Inc. continued to use the Life brand for special and commemorative issues. Life returned to regularly scheduled issues when it became a weekly newspaper supplement from 2004 to 2007.[1] The website, originally one of the channels on Time Inc.’s Pathfinder service, was for a time in the late 2000s managed as a joint venture with Getty Images under the name See Your World, LLC,.[2] On January 30, 2012, the URL became a photo channel on[clarification needed][1][3]

When Life was founded in 1883, it was developed as similar to the British magazine, Punch. It was published for 53 years as a general-interest light entertainment magazine, heavy on illustrations, jokes and social commentary. It featured some of the greatest writers, editors, illustrators and cartoonists of its era, including Charles Dana Gibson, Norman Rockwell and Jacob Hartman Jr. Gibson became the editor and owner of the magazine after John Ames Mitchell died in 1918. During its later years, the magazine offered brief capsule reviews (similar to those in The New Yorker) of plays and movies currently running in New York City, but with the innovative touch of a colored typographic bullet resembling a traffic light, appended to each review: green for a positive review, red for a negative one, and amber for mixed notices.

The Luce Life was the first all-photographic American news magazine, and it dominated the market for more than 40 years. The magazine sold more than 13.5 million copies a week at one point; it was so popular that President Harry S. Truman, Sir Winston Churchill, and General Douglas MacArthur all had their memoirs serialized in its pages. Luce purchased the rights to the name from the publishers of the first Life but sold its subscription list and features to another magazine; there was no editorial continuity between the two publications.

Perhaps one of the best-known pictures printed in the magazine was Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photograph of a nurse in a sailor’s arms, snapped on August 14, 1945, as they celebrated Victory over Japan Day in New York City. The magazine’s role in the history of photojournalism is considered its most important contribution to publishing. Life was wildly successful for two generations before its prestige was diminished by economics and changing tastes.

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1915 – Anne Burns, British aeronautical engineer and glider pilot (d. 2001)
Anne Burns (23 November 1915 – 22 January 2001) was a British aeronautical engineer and glider pilot.

Early life
Anne Pellew was born in Haworth, Yorkshire. She attended The Abbey School, Reading, and then went to St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where, only the second woman to read Engineering Sciences at Oxford University, she was awarded the Edgell Shepee Scholarship and graduated with a First in 1936.[1] She also won a hockey Blue and squash ‘Half Blue’.

RAE Farnborough
She did research work under Professor Richard Southwell at the university’s engineering laboratory. Together they wrote one of the early theoretical papers on Rayleigh-Benard convection.[2] At the outbreak of the Second World War she applied to join the Air Transport Auxiliary as a ferry pilot, but her engineering expertise precluded this and in 1940 she was employed by the Ministry of Supply, joining what became the Structures and Mechanical Department at the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) at Farnborough, Hampshire, as a scientific assistant

Her early work concentrated on flutter problems and on the measurement of the loads imposed on aircraft structures during flight. Other wartime tasks included the development of windscreen wipers for bombers and the double windscreen enclosing a supply of warm air to improve visibility. During this time she made test flights in many types of military aircraft from Tiger Moths to Hawker Typhoons & Gloster Meteors.

In the late 1940s she was the first flight-test observer (FTO) in the UK to use strain gauges in an aircraft in flight. In 1953 she became a Principal Scientific Officer. During the investigation in 1954 into the crashes of the early de Havilland Comet jet airliners, she made many flights as an FTO in unpressurised Comets, sometimes up to 40,000 feet. It was known that the aircraft had broken up in flight while flying above 25,000 ft. In her own words “We flew about waiting for the windows to blow out.” The following year Burns was awarded the Queen’s Commendation in recognition of her bravery and her contribution to the investigation. In 1958 she was also awarded the R.P. Alston Medal by the Royal Aeronautical Society for this work.

She became an expert on clear-air turbulence due to “wind-shear”, caused by different air movement (wind) at altitudes close to each other, such as at the edge of a high-level “jet stream”.[3] Some of her research into turbulent air was conducted in a Fournier RF-4. In 1963 she was awarded a second Queen’s Commendation, this time for her flights in an English Electric Canberra carrying out low- and high-level-gust research. Some of the low level flights were carried out in high temperatures in Libya from the RAF Stations at El Adem near Tobruk and RAF Idris near Tripoli.

The Royal Aeronautical Society awarded her its Silver Medal for Aeronautics in 1966, and in 1968, when she was working on clear-air turbulence, flying as an observer in several countries, she was presented with the Whitney Straight Award for her services to aeronautical research and flying. She retired from the RAE in 1976 after accumulating 1,500 hours of flight time as an observer. She met her husband Denis Burns at the RAE and they married in 1947.

Although she had flown military assault gliders during the war, Anne Burns took up gliding as a sport in 1954 winning awards and establishing both national and international records. On her first cross-country flight, from Lasham, Hampshire in an Eon Olympia she reached RAF Ternhill, Shropshire in 4hr 55min breaking the British women’s distance record. In December 1956, she flew a Slingsby Skylark 3b following a bungee launch to 11,890 feet (3,620 m) setting new women’s British national and UK absolute altitude and gain-of-height records. Again flying a Skylark 3, she became the first woman to cross the English Channel in a glider in 1957.

By 1961 she held 10 of the 11 UK women’s records including the current altitude record of 10,550 metres (34,610 ft). In breaking the altitude record in South Africa she had entered the base of a cumulonimbus cloud at about 6,000 ft above ground. On the way up, there were electrical discharges to the pilot’s knees from various metal parts of the aircraft. At about 34,000 ft there was a nearby major strike which discharged itself violently through the left wing. A small panel from the wing was blown away. Anne was temporarily confused by this shock but, coming-to more or less instantaneously, she decided it was time to get out of the cloud and descend.[4]

In 1962, Denis and Anne Burns were jointly awarded the Royal Aero Club’s Britannia Trophy for their gliding achievements. In 1963 she claimed the women’s world record for speed over a 500 km triangular course of 103.33 km/h.[5] In 1966 she became British Gliding Champion, the first woman to hold the title.[6] She received many other awards for gliding achievements including the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Lilienthal Gliding Medal in 1966.

In 1977 her glider was hit by a bird and damaged. She bailed out but became tangled in the shrouds, nevertheless escaping with only an injured ankle by landing in a sycamore tree. She thus became the first woman since the 1930s to become a member of Irvin’s Caterpillar Club and aged 62, she was also the oldest person ever to join this club. She then gave up gliding and took up fly fishing and snooker, again winning awards in both sports.


By Katie McDonough: A Thanksgiving Guide to Fighting With Your Family About Long Buried Secrets and Stewing Resentments
By Columnist Mary Jane McKinney of The Canadian Record in Canadian, Texas: Texas columnist shows how modern times create a “whenever” Thanksgiving for many

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By Krista Vernoff: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Boss Offers Point-by-Point Rebuttal to Brett Ratner’s Assault Claim Denials (Guest Column)
And maybe this one was special because of how extreme the accusations against Ratner are, but the denials read as so absurd to me that they reminded me of that old Billy Madison quote, “Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard … Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul.”
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By Lisa Peet is Associate Editor, News for Library Journal: NYPL Unveils Plans for Schwarzman Building
By Gary Price: Tasty! Library of Congress Shares “A Brief History of Pumpkin Pie in America” & Some Thanksgiving Facts and Stats
By Gary Price: FTC Halts the Deceptive Practices of Academic Journal Publishers
A federal court has granted a preliminary injunction requested by the Federal Trade Commission, temporarily halting the deceptive practices of academic journal publishers charged by the agency with making false claims about their journals and academic conferences, and hiding their publishing fees, which were up to several thousand dollars.
By Margie Mason and Robin Mcdowell, Associated Press: VA Study Show Parasite from Viet Nam may be killing Vets
By Alan Taylor: Winners of the 2017 Epson International Pano Awards

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907 Updates November 23, 2017

By Ariane Aramburo: Colony High School Band performs in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The award was created to recognized Bob and Delores Hope’s love of music. Colony High School will perform around 11:18 a.m. Alaska time during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
By KTUU Staff: UPDATE: Skier killed in Hatcher Pass avalanche
By Leroy Polk: Snowmachiner struck, killed while driving on the side of the road
By Leroy Polk & Mike Ross: UPDATE: Woman arrested after police say gun went off, hitting passenger
By Leroy Polk: Wasilla man sentenced for sex trafficking through force, fraud, coercion
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – A man from Wasilla was sentenced on Tuesday for crimes the judge presiding over the case called “incredibly manipulative, coercive, and demeaning.”

The case dates back to an arrest made in January of 2016. At that time, troopers arrested Terry Lee Keehn II, 44, of Wasilla, for sex trafficking through force, fraud, and coercion.
By Melody Martinsen Acantha editor: Ideas sought for activities for NOWA conference here in 2018
The Northwest Outdoor Writers Association will hold its 45th annual conference, April 26-29, 2018, in Choteau, local tourism officials announced recently.

Gayle Fisher, executive director of the Central Montana Tourism Region, and Beth Barlow and Tom Frownfelder, both members of the Choteau Tourism Business Improvement District, said the conference will bring in outdoor writers from Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and, in Canada, British Columbia.
Waaaa Would they also welcome a later start date for a driver’s license such as age 18 or 20? What about the kids who can wake up and want to get going?

By Scott Gross: Local teens welcome new school start times
By Heather Hintze: New Hatcher Pass ski area gets $500,000 grant for chairlift
By Daybreak Staff: Workforce Wednesday: Career Coach
Cooking with Tracy: Bruschetta

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Quotes November 23, 2017

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant.
Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives.
Alexander Dumas
There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.
Linda Grayson
I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.
Jon Katz
Friends are the family you choose.
Jess C. Scott
The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families.
Jay McInerney
Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life–and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next.
Dean Koontz
A friendship that can end never really began.
Publilius Syrus
Friends give you a shoulder to cry on. But best friends are ready with a shovel to hurt the person that made you cry.

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
Anna Cummins

Music November 23, 2017

Kindle November 22, 2017

Drug of Choice: A Novel
by Michael Crichton (Author),‎ John Lange (Author)
When a Hell’s Angel is thrown from his bike at 110 miles per hour, he should probably end up in the morgue. But this Angel survives his crash without a scratch, and ends up sleeping peacefully in the hospital. When Dr. Roger Clark inspects him, he finds only one defect: blue urine. Similar reports start to trickle in from hospitals upstate. It seems that a strange new drug is sending people into comas, and only Clark can unravel its mystery.

His search for answers takes him on the strangest trip of his life, into a place called “Eden,” which looks like paradise, but feels like hell.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Michael Crichton including rare images from the author’s estate.

Murder Talks Turkey: Yooper Mystery #3 (A Gertie Johnson Murder Mystery)
by Deb Baker (Author)
In her third Yooper mystery (as in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, or U.P.), Baker’s lively protagonist, Gertie Johnson, is minding her own business, standing in line at the bank when it gets robbed. From her position on the floor, Gertie watches as a gunman on the roof of a nearby building shoots the bank robber dead. She quickly decides that she and the other two members of her Trouble Buster Investigative Company (all single women of a certain age) need to help their hapless sheriff solve the case. The trouble is feisty Gertie has a lot on her plate, what with her extended family, her other investigations, and a tentative new romance. The deeper into the bank robbery she goes, the more complicated and seriously dangerous it gets. Intrepid Gertie is a wonderfully drawn character, whose view of the U.P.’s denizens and their surroundings makes for enjoyable storytelling. ~ Booklist


Cisco Bandits: A Gwynn Reznick Mystery (Gwynn Reznick Mystery Thriller Series Book 2)
by Inge-Lise Goss (Author)
Newly trained and ready to rock her first assignment, Gwynn Reznick goes undercover posing as an accountant for the Prudell Energy Company. After fending off the unwanted advances of a company executive, she stumbles on a murder scene staged to look as an accident. Then she learns another employee died in a suspicious oil well accident and a large quantity of oil is missing from the Cisco field.

About the Author
Inge-Lise Goss was born in Denmark, raised in Utah, and graduated from the University of Utah, magna cum laude. She is a certified public accountant and has audited oil and gas companies for more than twenty years.

Bedtime Bubble Rhyme (The Adventures of Oli)
by Patrick Leifer (Author)
Funny and lighthearted yet creative and cute, Patrick Leifer’s Bedtime Bubble Rhyme takes daily activities and makes them bloom to life with humorous rhyming, beautiful imagery and playful language. Applicable for children of most ages it serves as not only a great gift for any occasion but a tool for making bedtime and bathtime fun!

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FYI November 22, 2017

1837 – Canadian journalist and politician William Lyon Mackenzie calls for a rebellion against the United Kingdom in his essay “To the People of Upper Canada”, published in his newspaper The Constitution.
The Upper Canada Rebellion was an insurrection against the oligarchic government of the British colony of Upper Canada (present day Ontario) in December 1837. While public grievances had existed for years, it was the rebellion in Lower Canada (present day Quebec) that emboldened rebels in Upper Canada to openly revolt soon after. The Upper Canada Rebellion was largely defeated shortly after it began, although resistance lingered until 1838 (and became more violent) – mainly through the support of the Hunters’ Lodges, a secret anti-British, US-based militia that emerged around the Great Lakes. They launched the Patriot War in 1838-39. The rebellion led directly to Lord Durham’s Report on the Affairs of British North America and to The British North America Act, 1840 which partially reformed the British provinces into a unitary system.

Some historians argue that the rebellions in 1837 should be viewed in the wider context of the late 18th and early 19th century Atlantic revolutions. The American Revolutionary war in 1776, the French Revolution of 1789–1799, the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804, the Irish Rebellion of 1798, and the independence struggles of Spanish America (1810–1825) were inspired by similar democratic ideals, although they were tinged with republicanism as well. The United Kingdom’s Chartists sought similar democratic goals.[1][2][3]

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1900 – Helenka Pantaleoni, American actress and humanitarian, co-founded U.S. Fund for UNICEF (d. 1987)
Helen Tradusa “Helenka” Adamowska Pantaleoni (November 22, 1900 – January 5, 1987) was a Polish American silent film actress and humanitarian. She was the founding director of the U.S. Committee for UNICEF, a role that she held for 25 years. Her granddaughter is American actress Téa Leoni.

Family and career
Pantaleoni was the daughter of Polish musicians Józef (July 4, 1862 – May 8, 1930) and Antonina (née Szumowska) Adamowski (born February 22, 1868, Lublin, Poland – died August 18, 1938, Rumson, New Jersey). After studying piano in Poland Antonina became the only known female pupil of Ignacy Jan Paderewski in Paris between 1890 and 1895, when she left for the United States. Józef was a cellist and a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.[1] Antonina, Józef, and Józef’s brother Tymoteusz (aka Timothee), made up the Adamowski Trio.

After touring Europe and the United States her parents settled in Brookline, Massachusetts, where Helenka was born.[2] She attended Miss Winsor’s School in Boston.[3] She studied dramatics and appeared in plays presented by the Junior League and the Vincent Club.[4] “In 1917, on the occasion of Paderewski’s presence in Boston in connection with aid for war victims, she appeared in a specially written play entitled “The Spirit of Poland,” which was given at Jordan Hall in Boston.[5] In the 1920s, she appeared in silent films[6] as well as on Broadway.[7][8] She subsequently became head of the Children’s Theatre Department of the Junior League of New York.[9]

She married Guido Pantaleoni, Jr., in 1935. Guido, a New York lawyer, was a widower with three children (Guido, Nina, and Hewitt).[10][11] He was a graduate of Milton Academy, Harvard University and Harvard Law School. Guido was a nephew of Italian economist and politician Maffeo Pantaleoni. He and Helenka had two sons, Anthony and Michael. In 1935, Guido and C. Frank Reavis, Jr., founded the New York law firm Reavis & Pantaleoni.[12]

Guido volunteered for service during World War II. As a Lieutenant Colonel attached to the Office of Strategic Services he was killed in action in Sicily in August 1943, leaving Helenka with five children to raise. Guido Pantaleoni died behind enemy lines while serving in the special forces.[13] He is memorialized in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery.[14] Helenka Pantaleoni founded the Paderewski Fund for Polish Relief in 1941.[15] She served the fundraising arm of the American Red Cross during World War II. After the war, she continued to serve in fundraising for the Polish Relief Commission.[16]

Helenka helped to found the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in 1947,[17] and served as the organization’s president from 1953 until her retirement in 1978.[18] Her service as president of the U.S. Committee for UNICEF was unpaid. The Executive Director of UNICEF, James P. Grant, wrote in 1994:

For 26 years, from 1953 through 1978, she served as volunteer president of the U.S. Committee. While she headed the Committee more than $113 million was turned over to UNICEF in the name of the American people …[19]

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By Henrik Edberg: The Power of Thankfulness: 5 Essential Tips

Suggestion for an upbeat and cheerful Thanksgiving! Keep handy a spray bottle filled with ice water for when folks start squawking about politics, gossiping, etc. Taser’s might be more effective.

By Anisa Purbasari Horton: How To Make Tense Holiday Conversations Civil (Or Even Productive)

By Erik Adams, Danette Chavez, Gwen Ihnat, and Alex McLevy: Feast your eyes: 37 TV shows to stream for Thanksgiving 2017

By Drew Magary: What’s On Your Thanksgiving Menu?
By Lyz Lenz for Intel: Help Your Kids Record and Edit a Family Documentary Project

By Erik Shilling: Horrifying LA Traffic Jam Once Again Creates Beautiful Holiday Light Display

By Jared Newman: This $5 Apple Pencil Hack Changed How I Use The iPad Pro
By Eillie Anzilotti: Every Day, This Satellite Company Takes A Snapshot Of The Entire Planet

By Adele Peters: Next To A Georgia Highway, This Plant Is Helping Fight Climate Change
The Land Institute has developed an intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium) grain trademarked as Kernza perennial grain, which is in the early stages of commercialization, launched commercially as a featured ingredient in Patagonia Provisions’ Long Root Ale (brewed by Hopworks Urban Brewery) in late 2016.[13][14][21] As of 2012, the domestication had doubled Kernza’s seed size and increased seed production by twenty percent.[11] Kernza had already been made into beer and bread, which are often served at the Prairie Festival.[18][20] Kernza contains gluten, but lacks the complement that enables bread to rise.[22] Wes Jackson predicted that Kernza would be released within another decade,[9][13] but the release of Long Root Ale and subsequent commitments by General Mills/Cascadian Farm mean that commercial development of Kernza is at this point ahead of that schedule.

By U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command: Navy Deploys Unmanned Submersibles in Argentine Submarine Search

By Tom Ley: Mike Leach Has Some Wedding Advice For All You Men Out There
“…To be as far out of harms way as you possibly can.”
By Maddie Stone: This May Be Why So Many Bats Are Getting Killed By Wind Turbines
By Bryan Menegus: 30 Years Later, the Max Headroom TV Hackers Remain at Large
By Dianca Potts: Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month with These 8 Reads
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By Limecello: Recipe: Dark Chocolate Espresso S’mores

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