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Quotes March 19,2018

“Only through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance the self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others.”
Harriet Lerner
What people think of you is their business. It has nothing to do with you.
by shchedrina
Everything the power of the world does is done in a circle.
Hehaka Sapa (Black Elk)
“Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you’re good enough, self-compassion asks what’s good for you?”
Kristin Neff
Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
Stephen Hawking
Laws and institutions are constantly tending to gravitate. Like clocks, they must be occasionally cleansed, and wound up, and set to true time.
Henry Ward Beecher,
clergyman and social reformer
“Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities.”
Terry Josephson

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On This Day

1649 – The House of Commons of England passes an act abolishing the House of Lords, declaring it “useless and dangerous to the people of England”.
The House of Commons of England was the lower house of the Parliament of England (which incorporated Wales) from its development in the 14th century to the union of England and Scotland in 1707, when it was replaced by the House of Commons of Great Britain. In 1801, with the union of Great Britain and Ireland, that house was in turn replaced by the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.

The Parliament of England developed from the Magnum Concilium that advised the English monarch in medieval times. This royal council, meeting for short periods, included ecclesiastics, noblemen, as well as representatives of the counties (known as “knights of the shire”). The chief duty of the council was to approve taxes proposed by the Crown. In many cases, however, the council demanded the redress of the people’s grievances before proceeding to vote on taxation. Thus, it developed legislative powers.[1]

The first parliament to invite representatives of the major towns was Montfort’s Parliament in 1265. At the “Model Parliament” of 1295, representatives of the boroughs (including towns and cities) were admitted. Thus, it became settled practice that each county send two knights of the shire, and that each borough send two burgesses. At first, the burgesses were almost entirely powerless; while the right to representation of each English county quickly became indisputable, the monarch could enfranchise or disfranchise boroughs at pleasure. Any show of independence by burgesses would thus be likely to lead to the exclusion of their towns from Parliament. The knights of the shire were in a better position, although less powerful than their noble and clerical counterparts in what was still a unicameral Parliament.Read more ->


Born On This Day

1933 – Renée Taylor, American actress, producer, and screenwriter
Renée Taylor (née Renée Wexler; March 19, 1933)[1] is an American actress and writer. She is known for playing Fran Drescher’s title character’s outspoken mother, Sylvia Fine, on the TV series The Nanny.

Taylor was born in The Bronx, New York to Charles and Frieda (née Silverstein) Wexler. Taylor worked as a comedian in the early 1960s at the New York City nightclub Bon Soir. Her opening act was a then-unknown Barbra Streisand.[2] In 1968, Taylor played Eva Braun in Mel Brooks’ feature film The Producers, a role she got while performing the play Luv with Gene Wilder, whom Brooks decided to cast as protagonist Leo Bloom.[3]

Taylor and her husband, Joseph Bologna, co-wrote the Broadway hit comedy Lovers and Other Strangers, and received Oscar nominations for having written the 1970 film adaptation. In 1971, the couple co-wrote and starred in the film Made for Each Other. Their screenplay received a nomination for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy. Taylor played Arlene Sherwood, co-producer of a television show along with Jerry Orbach and John Candy in the 1991 film Delirious.[4]

From 1992-94, Taylor played the overbearing Jewish mother of Brian Benben’s lead character on the HBO series Dream On. In 1993, she was cast as the mother of Richard Lewis, and the ex-wife of Don Rickles, in the Fox sitcom Daddy Dearest, which was cancelled after a two-month run in the fall. Also in 1993, Taylor was slated for sporadic guest appearances on the new CBS sitcom The Nanny, playing Sylvia Fine, the mother of Fran Drescher’s title character. After the cancellation of Daddy Dearest, Taylor was upgraded to a recurring cast member during the first season of The Nanny and eventually a full-time cast member by the third season. Her roles on the two broadcast network series were concurrent with her work on Dream On.[4] Taylor is most often recognized for her role in The Nanny. Her character is intent on helping daughter Fran find a husband and has a passionate love for food. Taylor’s husband, Joseph Bologna, made two guest appearances on The Nanny, the first as an egomaniacal actor named Allan Beck, who tormented Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy); and, in the final season, Bologna again guest-starred as a doctor and admirer of Sylvia in the episode “Maternal Affairs”.[4]

In recent years, Taylor guest-starred as Ted Mosby’s neighbor, Mrs. Matsen, on How I Met Your Mother. She also had a guest-starring role on the Disney show, Shake It Up, portraying a cranky, mean elderly woman in a retirement home as Mrs. Lacasio, as well as a guest-starring role on the Nickelodeon show, Victorious as Robbie’s cranky grandmother who needed Robbie’s help with the internet.[4]

In addition to her numerous guest-starring appearances, Taylor has worked as a voice-actor as the character Mrs. Start in the animated feature film Ice Age: The Meltdown, and in a recurring role as Linda’s mother Gloria in the animated Fox series Bob’s Burgers. Taylor also played Martha Benson in the film Opposite Day, released in 2009.[4]

Taylor also appeared on Fran Drescher’s latest show Happily Divorced as the best friend of Fran’s mother. In 2011, Taylor was cast in the short-lived Fox cartoon Allen Gregory, in which she voiced the character of Principal Gottlieb. In 2013, she starred in the Tyler Perry film Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor as Ms. Waco Chapman, the owner of Chapman drug company.[4]

In 2016, Taylor starred in the Netflix movie The Do-Over with Adam Sandler as the role of Mrs. Kessler and in the TV show Rock in a Hard Place.[5] Recently, Taylor appeared in the 2017 film How To Be A Latin Lover.[6]

Taylor had a role in Tango Shalom,[7] which she acted alongside her husband, in his final film role before his death.

Personal life
Taylor married actor Joseph Bologna on August 7, 1965, in Stamford, Connecticut. They have two children, a son, Gabriel who is an actor and a daughter, Zizi who works as a film producer.[4][8] They were married until Bologna’s death in August 2017.

Taylor is Jewish.[9]



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907 Updates March 19, 2018

Keeping up-to-date with Gov. Bill Walker.
By Michelle Theriault Boots: 3 people hospitalized in Anchorage shootings
By Assoicated Press: Child abuse cases increase in Southeast Alaska, expert says
Are criminals released on conditions of obeying some, not all, laws?~
By KTVA Web Staff: 2 tied to multiple vehicle thefts arrested, police say
Nolcini was on condition of release to obey all laws.
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By Nathaniel Herz: New forecast of Alaska oil revenue takes chunk out of state’s deficit
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Music March 19, 2018

The Floppotron: Mission: Impossible Theme





Military March 19, 2018

The Angry Staff Officer: Army Hair Throughout the Ages

Kindle March 18, 2018

Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta Book 22)
by Patricia Cornwell
It’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and she’s about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids’ game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car.
The Pretty Delicious Cafe
by Danielle Hawkins
One flaky family. One ex-boyfriend who won’t go away. And one handsome stranger who probably will … For fans of Doc Martin and and Monica McInerney, a warm, witty novel, brimming with the trademark romance, friendship and eccentricity that Danielle Hawkins’s readers love.

On the outskirts of a small seaside town, Lia and her friend Anna work serious hours running their restored cafe. The summer season is upon them, they have Anna’s wedding to plan and Lia’s ex-boyfriend seems not to understand it’s over.

When a gorgeous stranger taps on Lia’s window near midnight and turns out not to be a serial killer, she feels it’s a promising sign. But no one comes without a past, and his arrives in the form of a four-year-old son. Just as Lia decides to give things a try, problems from her own past rear up.
The Pretty Delicious Cafe reminds us of the joy – and hazards – to be found in family, friends and good food – and that being a little bit weird isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The Good Byline: A Riley Ellison Mystery
by Jill Orr
Meet Riley Ellison, a smart, quirky, young library assistant who’s become known in her hometown of Tuttle Corner, Virginia, as Riley Bless-Her-Heart. Ever since her beloved granddaddy died and her longtime boyfriend broke up with her, Riley has been withdrawing from life. In an effort to rejoin the living, she signs up for an online…

Images March 18, 2018

Low rainbow near Joshua Tree
The height of a rainbow depends on the height of the sun. The higher the sun, the lower the rainbow. Patty Singer caught this low rainbow outside Joshua Tree National Park on February 22.


Rose-colored Jupiter
This Juno spacecraft image, taken February 7, captures a close-up view of a storm with bright cloud tops in planet Jupiter’s northern hemisphere.

FYI March 18, 2018



On This Day

1938 – Mexico creates Pemex by expropriating all foreign-owned oil reserves and facilities.
Petróleos Mexicanos, which translates to Mexican Petroleum, but is trademarked and better known as Pemex (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpemeks]), is the Mexican state-owned petroleum company, created in 1938 by nationalization or expropriation of all private, foreign, and domestic oil companies at that time. Pemex had a total asset worth of $415.75 billion, and was the world’s second-largest non-publicly listed company by total market value (in 2006),[2] and Latin America’s second-largest enterprise by annual revenue as of 2009, surpassed only by Petrobras (the Brazilian National Oil Company).[3] The majority of its shares are not listed publicly and are under control of the Mexican government, with the value of its publicly listed shares totaling $202 billion in 2010, representing approximately one quarter of the company’s total net worth.[2][4][5]



Born On This Day

1870 – Agnes Sime Baxter, Canadian mathematician (d. 1917)
Agnes Sime Baxter (Hill) (18 March 1870 – 9 March 1917) was a Canadian-born mathematician. She studied at Dalhousie University, receiving her BA in 1891, and her MA in 1892. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1895; her dissertation was “On Abelian integrals, a resume of Neumann’s ‘Abelsche Integrele’ with comments and applications.”[1]

Baxter enrolled at Dalhousie University in 1887. Her primary courses of study were mathematics and mathematical physics. Despite the relative lack of female scholars in these areas, Baxter received her bachelor’s degree in 1891. She received multiple awards at graduation, including the Sir William Young Medal for highest standing in mathematics and mathematical physics.

Baxter completed her master’s degree at Dalhousie in 1892.

From 1892 to 1894, Baxter held a fellowship at Cornell University in New York. On the completion of her thesis, “On Abelian integrals, a resume of Neumann’s ‘Abelsche Integrele’ with comments and applications,” she became the second Canadian woman and the fourth woman on the North American continent to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics.[2][3]

Non-Academic Life
Agnes Sime Baxter was born on March 18, 1870, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Baxter family had immigrated to Canada from Scotland. Her father, Robert Baxter, was manager of the Halifax Gas Light Company, having managed a Scottish electric light company before moving to Nova Scotia.

Agnes Baxter married Dr. Albert Ross Hill on August 20, 1896. The marriage produced two daughters. Mrs. Ross Hill chose not to teach at the institutions where her husband was a professor, although Albert credited her with assisting him in his work.

Agnes Ross Hill died on March 9, 1917, in Columbia, Missouri, after protracted illness.[2][3]




Just A Car Guy: Peter Gregg, SCCA Trans Am winner of 1969 (under 2 ltr), 73, and 74(overall winner due to format change), successful Porsche race car driver, successful Porsche dealership owner, and at age 40 married a 25 year old piano playing, horse riding, art director turned racer. A life of tragedy. No joke

Peter Holden Gregg (May 4, 1940 – December 15, 1980) was a racecar driver during the golden age of the Trans-Am Series and a four-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona. He was also the owner of Brumos, a Jacksonville, Florida car dealership.


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907 Updates March 18, 2018

By Annie Zak: Anchorage police investigating death of man found in car as homicide
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KTUU: ITC confirms Iditarod winner to receive $50,612
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