The Alaska economy showed broad improvements in 2021 and the first quarter of 2022 as it rebounded from the pandemic lows of 2020. A steady recovery of jobs in nearly every sector resulted from improved tourism, rising oil prices, a strong housing market and consumer liquidity from government stimulus programs. We believe that the potential […]
Today's selection -- from Frequently Asked Questions about the Universe by Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson. Einstein teaches us that mass and energy are different forms of the same thing: "If there's one physics equation most people know, it's probably E = mc2. It's the most famous equation in physics, likely because it's easy to […]
Today's selection -- from Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond. The complicated history of the Japanese and Korean peoples: "Whereas archaeological deposits in the United States were left by peoples (Native Americans) unrelated to most modern Americans, deposits in Japan, no matter how ancient, are believed to have […]
The first book in a new non-fiction series of Little Black Books comes out today. Each of these books offer over 100 bite-sized snippets of information. Besides being informative, they make excellent gifts. As we hit graduation month, Life’s Little Black Book would be an excellent gift. It’s guaranteed there’s something you don’t know in […]
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...
Song lyrics inspire a lot of writers. Often a song that means a lot to you may be what inspired your book in the first place. Or you may need to quote those Garth Brooks lyrics to give an authentic tone to that bar scene in your memoir. The band played that song the night […]
i can identify with this little one when i was a child i believed when i had my sunglasses on no one could see me now, i’m left wondering… — “vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” -jonathan swift
Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians – Tribal Housing Design RFP REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) FOR ARCHITECTURAL/ENGINEERING DESIGN OF TEN (10) TRIBAL HOMES ***** PROJECT NAME: Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians – Tribal Housing Design I. Project Description The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok ...
To explain the gif, the guy is swallowing the mummified finger of a power demon. He swallowed one early on without knowing what it would do and the series pretty much follows that trend. Entertainingly, of course. We’re not here … 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 […]
This animated video offers hope for creating together the world that honors our collective needs by building on what unifies us. To make personal change that scales up to social change requires meeting our most important needs and recognizing that people are different. These differences can add color and richness to life and they can […]
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about content consumption — what we consume, how we consume it, and why we do. As someone who spends a ton of time creating,… The post Considering Content Consumption appeared first on Positively Present - Dani DiPirro.
May has been a challenging month—details below in case you're interested—but I finally have a few moments of normality.So life is good and giving thanks reminds me of why life is good despite everything.Challenging Times Build Strong PeopleCoVid, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, senseless murders every week.Senseless hatred based on: the color of one's skin […]
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 […]
After having posted the “Four Fun Kodachrome Car Photographs” on Friday for over seven years we decided to change the day of the week from Friday to Wednesday. It’s the same feature just published on a different day in the middle of the week. The reasoning behind the change is Wednesday is busiest day of...
Today’s images date to 1955 and may have been shot by a “Sioux City Journal” photographer for press coverage of the local Auto Show. The vehicles in the foreground of the lead photo and the enlargeable version below contain one GM-provided a Cadillac concept car in the grouping of cars on display by C. J....
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 […]
As a small child in the early 2000s I compulsively read a picture book in the school library but for years have been unable to track it down. It followed the history of a single hilltop in I believe England. Every page would open to a new period of history with a new drawing, as […]
Flirting with Fifty by Jane Porter ARC provided by Berkley via Net Galley. Releases 5/24/22. “She didn’t need a man telling her what to do, or where to be, or what time to be home. She didn’t want to ask for permission to meet friends, see a movie, or take a barre class. She was […]
From September 1957 in Columbus, Georgia, comes this next entry from the Amateur Radio file, starring K4JNL (Eddy Kosobucki). Plus: Riddles, Riddles, RIDDLES. Air conditioning by Philco. 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.
From November 1946 comes this sighting of the rare Double-Breasted Ham, now believed to be extinct, in its natural woodsy habitat. The male's distinctive call could be heard for miles. 4x5 inch acetate negative fron the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.
My mom Thérèse Helene (Larochelle) Lavoie (1943-2019) when she was around 20 years-old in the early 1960s near Saint-Isidore, Dorchester, Québec, Canada. A similar photograph taken at the same time was captured in an oil painting.
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 May 19, 2022 is: kibosh \KYE-bosh\ noun Kibosh refers to something that serves as a check or stop. It is usually used in the phrase "put the kibosh on." // The rain put the kibosh on the Fourth of July fireworks display. See the entry > Examples: […]
Disney+ is set to bulk out its already hefty documentary section soon, with Deadline reporting that the streaming service has just closed a deal to acquire the new Elton John documentary Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances And the Years That Made His Legend. The film, directed by The September…Read more...
Part of the appeal (and occasional frustration) of Adult Swim’s Rick And Morty is that it can functionally be a show about anything; one blast of Rick’s portal gun, or some wild new invention, and Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon, and the rest of the show’s writers can make any episode about pretty much anything. (If […]
In the normal course of events, we probably wouldn’t write up a 19-second teaser for a movie, especially if the teaser’s purpose is to let you know that a more full trailer is coming in just a handful of days. But, then, most movies aren’t George Miller’s follow-up—lo these many years later—to the relentlessly…Read more...
When Martin Shkreli became a “thing” back in 2015—which is to say, when he became generally infamous for unrepentantly hiking the price on life-saving medicines while possessing a truly awful case of Resting Shkreli Face—it was in a world where his behavior could be charitably written off, by many, as an outlier. (The…Read more...
Taco night just got even better (and quicker!) with the juiciest, most flavorful shredded salsa chicken! What’s better than build-your-own taco night? Tacos that you can make so effortlessly right in your pressure cooker. It starts with boneless, skinless chicken thighs (of course!) cooked in your IP for 8 minutes in a pool of the […]
SO EASY + family-friendly! Keep it plain with cheese or add all your favorite toppings – pepperoni, sausage, and/or veggies! This pizza has been my go-to for those busy weeknights when I have some people coming over. It yields a big batch (perfect for feeding a big crowd) and the crust comes out perfectly thick […]
What does the warm weather mean to you? To me, it’s gardening season. That also means I need to get in shape. Here’s a chart that should make you happy about spending time weeding and trimming. Need a butt lift? Move loads of soil or compost around! Continue Reading → The post Chill Out in […]
KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR Dear friends, I hope all of you are doing well and hanging in there through these rough, crazy times. Personally, I am going through the worst time of my life, having lost my dad on May 8th to lung cancer. I’ve always sympathized with people who fight this horrible disease every second, helped […]
Now that the Sammy appears to be willing to be operational, it was time to do some other things for her.Some of you were aware that the Sammy sported a sticker on the spare wheel which read: "0 to 60, Eventually". Something to perhaps give clueless drivers a hint that perhaps the Sammy doesn't accelerate […]
Should have kept my mouth shut and not incurred the wrath of the gods of things mechanical....Yesterday, Thursday, May 12I'd just taken Thing One to work with the Sammy and had returned home noting that the engine seemed to be overheating a bit.Once I got out of the car, it was obvious why. There was […]
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 […]
Someone asked me in another thread why I’m not outraged about Ukraine.Of course the question assumes that if a person isn’t obviously displaying an emotion, it follows that he isn’t experiencing it. But that’s trivia. What’s important is the underlying notion that outrage is desirable. My response:"I don’t parade my outrage and in fact distrust […]
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 […]
Caregiving is well-trodden terrain in Parkinson's circles, but what of the reciprocal practice of caregetting? It is a critical skill that doesn't get the same attention. Read some caregetting tips here.
Plan now to get to Whittier for your “26 Glacier Cruise” aboard the m/v Klondike Express with Phillips Cruises and Tours! See it all in one day, departing from Whittier! ... The post 26 Glacier Cruise special: join the Klondike Club and save $$$! 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 […]
This is the easiest, best gluten free pizza crust! With minimal ingredients and no kneading, you can have gluten-free pizza your whole family will love on the dinner table in no time. If you’re new to baking gluten-free, this is the perfect recipe to start with. With my step-by-step directions, there’s no need to be... […]
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 […]
Here I am now – culturally-infused, foot-sore, and exploration-happy – in my latest Urban Infusion Month. Hooray! I’m back in Toronto – three years to the day – but this time for two months. So far, I’ve done Manhattan, London, Toronto, and the Covid-aborted Philadelphia; but Toronto was my favorite of them all. I’ve been thinking […]
More bad news about the long-term effects of the pandemic has emerged from Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State University, and it isn’t about long-Covid. It’s worse. Publishing in peer-reviewed Clinical Obesity, […]
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… […]
This is a GREAT recipe to have. It's super easy to make (2 bowls and a spoon) and the muffins are moist and super chocolate-y. It's my "go to" recipe for sure.In the 1st bowl, stir together:2 cups flour1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup unsweetend cocoa powder1 cup semi-sweet […]
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
There will be eagles and jellyfish and herring, Oh My! Join us at 3:30 p.m. this Earth Day, Friday, April 22, for the 2022 Parade of the Species. After missing two years due to Covid-19, this is the 19th Parade … 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 […]
Thanks for the question Michi - trailing currant does grow wild in Sitka. I notice it most commonly along the edges near beaches, but have seen it at other locations also. The berries are blue, but have a whitish bloom on them (link goes to a picture I took of them a few years ago)
Good Day, I was curiosed at the Foto of the Trailing Currant (Ribes laxiflorum). It looked to me familiar and when I looked it up in german it confirmed my guess. Do they grow wild in Sidka? What color berries do they have? Thank you for sharing, Michi, Switzerland
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 […]
This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Affiliate if you purchase through those links I earn a small commission. Thank you! I don’t know if you have had the ... Read more The post BROOKIES From Scratch 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 […]
Alaska has lost its longest serving member of Congress, Don Young, who took office in 1973. He was 88 years old and the majority of Alaskans have never known another Congressional Representative. He’s like the Queen Victoria or the Ramses II of the Great Land. Young has yet to be interred, awaiting March 29 when […]
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 […]