Northrim Bank was a proud sponsor of Commonwealth North’s presentation of the 16th Annual Report to Alaska Shareholders - Alaska Assets 2022. The program details the financial performance of Alaska and its natural resources, financial and enterprise assets in fiscal year 2021 and features speakers: Mead Treadwell, former Alaska Lieutenant...
Today's selection -- from Why Sharks Matter by David Shiffman. Shark biodiversity and biogeography: "According to the latest edition of the field guide Sharks of the World, there are 536 recognized species of sharks. They range in size from the dwarf lanternshark, which could fit in your hand, to the school bus-sized whale shark. Many […]
Today's selection -- from The Horde by Marie Favereau. Chinggis (alternate spelling Genghis) Khan and his Mongol successors built an empire that, at its peak, covered some 9 million square miles of territory, making it the largest contiguous land empire in world history: "The Mongols interfered with the economic organization of their subjects and projected their […]
As we head into the holiday weekend, I hope everyone has a fun and safe time. In celebration, Independence Day (Time Patrol) is free until 5 July. My two main book on preparation and survival are both either .99 or Kindle Unlmited: The Green Beret Area Study Workbook The Green Beret Preparation and Survival Guide […]
Our students have compiled research in three topic areas. Below are the links to their research tables that can be downloaded for searching and viewing. For a state-by-state review of Mandatory Reporter laws, click here. For a state-by-state review of Background Check laws, click...
Our students spent the summer working on the inaugural project of the LDICP. Through their extensive research, massive databases of information on state statutes regarding the abuse of children ave been created and will be posted here as their work is finalized. Here are...
Whether you’re pursuing traditional or self-publishing, self-editing is one of the most crucial skills any writer can possess. It’s not an exaggeration to say that novels are made or broken by the revision process. But it’s very difficult to see your work objectively, and novels are wondrously complex. I find it helpful to be systematic […]
nothing like seeing a good humor truck in the summertime. what’s your personal go-to order? i’m all about the ice cream sandwiches or strawberry shortcake bars. — “there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” -charles dickens
It’s summer. Perfect time for some resting when you can get it. At least it is if you work in a school and need to fend off burn out. So, what are some good tips for being lazy? Stay in … Continue reading →
A small selection of posts I have enjoyed this week and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally. Pete Springer shares a post this week that highlights the horrendous statistic that there are an estimated … Continue reading →
We live in the most perfect area to have a staycation. The gulf with its white sand beaches are only five minutes away. We have the best restaurants with fresh seafood and seats with the best views. The charter fishing experience is top notch. Evidently, this is not a best kept secret anymore. The only […]
In this RSA produced video, the world of today is explained by Iain McGilchrist, a psychiatrist, writer, and former Oxford literary scholar. He came to prominence after the publication of his book The Master and His Emissary, subtitled The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. The words of McGilchrist, and the illustrative […]
Exciting news! I have a new book coming out on September 6, 2022. I created Out of Your Mind: A Journal and Coloring Book to Distract Your Anxious Mind to… The post Get Out of Your Mind appeared first on Positively Present - Dani DiPirro.
If you have an Alexa-enabled device, do you periodically check the voice recordings the device makes? You should. We have an Echo, and we've noticed that Alexa will sometimes speak up when someone—either in person or on TV—says something that prompts Alexa to listen in for a command.You may be surprised at what you find in […]
By: Stewart Brennan I look back on the disaster that was 2021 and do not find much of anything good to talk about as it was a year in which online censorship metastasized while the world plunged into a lockstep fascism, where friendships ended, families broke up, and all the celebrations of life came to […]
WASP Deanie Bishop Parrish, 44-W-4"Failure isn't failure unless you let it be. It's simply a change in direction. Just count your many blessings move on. With God's help, anything is possible!"Deanie Bishop Parrish passed away peacefully in her home in Waco, Texas, on February 24, 2022, just one day shy of her 100th birthday. She met every challenge […]
"Jacqueline Cochran was looking for WASP. They told me I would have to be interviewed and they would contact me when they came to the Wichita area. But I didn’t wait for that. I went down to Houston for my interview, to speed things up. And I think that’s one of the smartest things I […]
Today’s feature contains a set of photos taken in various locations in Florida. The lead image from the State Development Commission is dated by the source to 1957. The organization used it to promote the inland Central Florida Hill and Lake Regions to visitors. Please share with us what you find of interest in these...
This image dated to 1951 by the source contains a gritty industrial view of East Warren Ave. in Detroit, MI, looking east to Connor St. The area included a number of Chrysler plants then as well as today, and an Assembly Plant on Connor St. that Packard would lease in 1954 before it went defunct...
Stock footage might not sound too sexy or fun, but this is an easy one to start and doesn’t require any start up funding. In fact, you can start with your smartphone camera. Ready? You Ready Are You Ready GIF from Youready GIFs What is stock footage and how does it work? Stock footage […]
Not exactly a children’s book, nevertheless it is one of the earliest books I remember reading, and it was certainly the first mail-order book I ever bought.I heard this book being offered on the radio on a Gillette commercial, probably on a sports broadcast of some sort, sometime after the 1955 World Series had been […]
Something Wilder by Christina Lauren Narrated by Patti Murin and Jon Root Standalone Romantic Suspense/Adventure I am a huge fan of Christina Lauren. So when I heard they were releasing a treasure hunt romance a la Raiders of the Lost Ark, I was totally here for it. Something Wilder is part second-chance romance, part adventure, […]
Senior Sneak was the name applied to Marin Catholic High School's pre-graduation recreation getaway day, which for the class of 1955, including my brother and his roll of Tri-X film, was on May 18th that year. There was nothing particularly sneaky about it, since it was school-sponsored -- another shot depicts the principal at the […]
In reply to Boston Rooftops: 1906: The Quincy House lasted eleven decades after it opened on the corner of Brattle Street and Brattle Square around 1819. The photo below, circa 1860, shows it before an 1885 expansion to seven stories and 500 rooms--Boston's largest hotel. Across the street in the earlier photo is square-towered Brattle […]
In reply to Boston Rooftops: 1906: The building in the 1906 photo with the pitched roof and copula survives. It appears all else is no more. City Hall Plaza has replaced most of what is in the foreground. Click to embiggen. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is circled in white.
I’m posting this recipe for Ricotta-Stuffed Squash Blossoms and warn you: it’s NOT that difficult to make these scrumptious beauties! I found the recipe (including video) on Kitchen and Craft. This site is definitely worth a visit! I tried my hand at making these stuffed squash blossoms after a visit to a local farm-to-table style […]
Avoiding trouble when growing tomatoes in Florida can be challenging. While warm weather is conducive to growing tomatoes, it’s also the perfect climate for pests. From caterpillars to stink bugs, your tomato plant is prime eating for these beasts. NOT PRETTY–but don’t despair! While these critters have it out for your plants, you can outsmart […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 7, 2022 is: inscrutable \in-SKROO-tuh-bul\ adjective Inscrutable means "not readily investigated, interpreted, or understood." It often describes what is mysterious or difficult to comprehend. // The famously reclusive author remains an inscrutable figure even after the publication of some of her personal correspondence. See the entry […]
Dashing our collective dreams of also one day owning a cozy retirement abode that just happens to feature an extra-dimensional portal to a far-off world, Amazon announced this week that it was canceling its recent sci-fi drama Night Sky after a single season. As Deadline notes, the series starred J.K. Simmons and…Read more...
For a show about extra-dimensional threats that want to eat, possess, or just generally fuck up the human race, Netflix’s Stranger Things has had a relatively small body count across its four-season run. Sure, a number of Russian soldiers have probably bitten the bullet over the last few seasons, and there are always…Read more...
The best corn dogs you can make right at home – tastes just like the state fair. Sure to be a family favorite! There’s nothing better than a crisp golden-brown corn dog during these hot summer days served at the state fair. Except, now you can make this right at home with the easiest homemade […]
So sticky, so juicy, so tender! And the leftovers make for amazing pineapple chicken fried rice. SO STINKING GOOD! With the summer heat rolling in, I will very much be firing up the grill for these epic pineapple chicken thighs all season long. So juicy and tender, these bad boys are complemented by charred pineapple […]
I used to go to at least three conferences a year. Since Covid hit, I’ve only been to one–a local conference called Creatures, Crimes & Creativity held in my hometown of Columbia, Maryland. This year I’m going back to some of my faves. First up was ThrillerFest. Until this year, it’s regularly been held at […]
I have no idea who wrote this, but I saw it on the internet marked “author unknown.” It made me chuckle. My mother was born in the mountains of West Virginia in a town called Red Dragon. My father was born in Virginia, but grew up in Hinton, West Virginia. I come from a long […]
Last month, in a sad demonstration of how careless I can be, I managed to leave my Sony A5000 Camera on a park bench in Minnesota: LINKThat camera was actually a replacement for the Sony A5000 which went up in the fire that caused the loss of Fiona, my '99 Ural Patrol Sidecar Rig with […]
Saturday, July 2Busy day today for me. While Martha continues to recuperate from her so far mild Covid symptoms, I kept busy out in the garage.First was testing whether the office AC unit Martha had purchased years ago to cool down my home office would work with the Harbor Freight 2000 Watt Generator. It does! The […]
If you’ve read my book The Chaos Kind, you might remember a certain CIA SOG (Special Operations Group) character named Dutch. And while I don’t write characters based on real people, that doesn’t mean none of my characters were inspired by them...So yes, there is a real Dutch, who a long time ago I was extremely lucky to train […]
Not taking a position on last night’s Smith/Rock incident. But for anyone piously intoning some version of “Violence never solves anything, violence is never the answer, violence has no place in XYZ, etc,” have you considered what discourse would be like with zero possibility of offense to words leading to violence?Actually, you don’t have to […]
Long before we were a sailing family, Alisa and I were a young couple in love with adventuring in Alaska.The opportunity to introduce Eric and Elias to the delights of outdoor living in the Great Land was one of the big bright sides of our return to Alaska.Earlier this winter, the boys and I headed […]
So...this beautiful island is our home.See the barky?The boys just had their spring break. A week off from school and nothing to keep us from buggering off in Galactic. The weather was generally poor - nothing like the pics above for the most part - so we just snuck off to the west side of […]
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Jennie Flaming of Ordinary Adventures is a born-and-raised fourth-generation Seattleite and former Alaskan living back in her home, Seattle. She writes about outdoor adventure and travel in Washington, ... The post Spectacular weekend in beautiful Sitka, Alaska appeared first on Alaska Travelgram.
Mint is a reasonably cold-hardy perennial, meaning it grows back every year under the right conditions. Just like there are many different kinds of tomatoes (cherry, beefsteak, roma, etc.), there are plenty different varieties of mint, too. Here’s an overview comparison of three different kinds of mints that grow well for me in Anchorage, Alaska: […]
Do chickens still lay eggs in the winter? That’s a common question many curious poultry lovers ask me. The answer? It depends. Egg laying chickens will naturally taper off and cease egg production in winter months, assuming you live somewhere that gets darker in winter months than summer. In Alaska, where our winter months might […]
When you think of staple side dishes that make an appearance at your barbecues or get togethers, what comes to mind? Fresh fruit, corn on the cob, and my personal favorite, gluten free macaroni salad! This gluten free macaroni salad is a classic American recipe, just like gluten-free pasta salad or gluten free mac and... […]
I’m home now. I’m looking at the flea market couch I brought up from California; I had cushions made three times over the years till I got it just right. Now it’s just right. It’s been in my life 42 years. Tim has been in my life 34 years, but he had to be out of […]
I’m saying my goodbyes to Toronto. I’ve seen my last Hot Docs Festival film, and I’m just back from my last author program. I’ve probably had my last roti, checked out my last book at my local branch library, gone to my last art workshop. Horror of horrors, I’ve even watched my last play. The thing […]
It’s here. The big day. My memoir, the one I spent 15 years struggling over, launches today from Raised Voice Press. I’m feeling very exposed, very vulnerable. This is not at all similar to when Dolls Behaving Badly launched from Hachette Book Group. That was a novel, and while some of it was based on… […]
I had had Alaska writer Dan Walker’s YA novel SECONDHAND SUMMER on my list for a long time, and two weeks ago finally had the chance to dive in. I wasn’t disappointed. Walker’s book, geared for middle school readers (but still immensely enjoyable for adults), follows 14-year-old Sam’s move to Anchorage from the small fishing… […]
These cookies STAY soft and are totally addicting beyond delicious!!! Everyone asks for this recipe!!!This is NOT a crispy cookie, it hasthe texture of a blondie/brownie?2 1/4 cups flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 cup butter (room temperature)3/4 cup brown sugar1/4 cup regular sugar2 eggs1 teasoon vanilla1 box of BUTTERSCOTCH instant pudding (3.4 oz.)1 1/2 cups BUTTERSCOTCH chipsIn […]
My list of 10 Best Gifts for Cooks and Food Lovers helps last minute shoppers buy great presents for the food obsessed; most of the items on the list I’ve used and loved for years. Most importantly, if you act quickly, there’s still time to order most of my recommended gifts and have them arrive […]
It's Stick Figure Saturday again! Simple coloring pages with a lot of room to play with techniques, backgrounds and colors. I hope you enjoy this week's installment. Click the images below for larger versions to save/print/color! Stick figure dance coloring- small jpgStick figure dance coloring page- large transparent png
Kids, get your lucky fishing hats and join the party. The annual Kids Fishing Day is set for Saturday, June 11, at Swan Lake here in Sitka. The lake recently was stocked with wild rainbow trout, and with fish measuring … Continue reading →
I LOVE my grandmother’s navy bean soup, but it takes forever to make with soaking the beans overnight and then slow cooking the soup all day. I decided to try it in my Instant Pot and it was a success! Not only that, but my kids loved it…score! Ingredients: 1-2 Tbs. olive oil 1 onion, diced 3 […]
In reply to Bill Tweit. Thanks Bill - it was good to meet you as well. This week a Common Yellowthroat showed up where we chatted by the lake. Eurasian Collared-Doves have become scarce. Off the top of my head, I don't remember which year the numbers dropped sharply, but it was a few years […]
Matt, good to meet you at Swan Lake last week. I realized I did not see any Eurasian Collared-Doves on this visit to Sitka, and I did not find any eBird records after January 2022. It would be fascinating to track their rise and fall in the Sitka area. Bill
Since 2016 I have worked in Hoonah to help build a vision. The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership is a unique model of community-based forestry that seeks to meet the objectives of land managers and the needs of the community. The project relies on training a local workforce in natural resource inventory and landscape improvement. I’m […]
At the end of July we took the boat over to Halibut Cove to hike the Saddle Trail with the kids to picnic at Grewingk Glacier Lake. It's a great trail for kids to master themselves, and Riggs hiked the whole way himself. Raina was in the backpack, but more because we wanted to hike […]
A man who just moved to Homer about a year ago from Chicago has started a podcast interviewing people from the Homer community. He called up my husband a few months ago and asked him if he would be willing to be interviewed. My husband said sure, so the second episode of Alex's podcast features […]
Well, 2017 was not a good garden year in my area, even for those of us with greenhouses/high tunnels. I'm sure I didn't help my chances at all; we had a month between returning home from the States and getting the roof on the high tunnel, and I didn't start any seeds or work the […]
Who needs a great seasonal blueberry dessert recipe?? I know I did and so I made the PERFECT blueberry crisp! And you can make it even better with a big ... Read more The post Fresh and seasonal Blueberry Crisp appeared first on Little House Big Alaska.
Mountain View is in for a treat — a whole new store full of treats, in fact. Packed with dozens of varieties of handmade custom candies, classic favorites, and assorted other sweets, Sweet Creations Lollipop Boutique is one of the latest businesses to open doors in the neighborhood. Owner Missy Simms made it for the […]
During our time in Washington we also took some time to drive over to Kennewick to visit some of my family in that area. We camped in my aunt and uncle's driveway and visited them and some of my cousins. The highlight for the girls was the nerf war for sure (pictures here). It was […]
This is part two of our recent drive up the Dalton Highway in partnership with Go North Car and RV Rentals. Built for purpose, not comfort, the Dalton Highway is a 414-mile twisting, turning route between Interior and Arctic Alaska. Partially-paved but mostly dirt (or mud or ice, depending upon the conditions and/or season), it […]