May 22, 2020 No. 20-17 JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska’s job count was down 13.1 percent in April from the same month last year, a loss of 42,200 jobs. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate jumped to 12.9 percent, up from 5.2 percent in March. The comparable U.S rate rose from...
A seafood worker in Valdez has tested positive for COVID-19. But state health officials say they aren’t sure how the man, who works for Peter Pan Seafoods, contracted the virus because he has been in the state for a month, went through quarantine and has not left the city.
Today's selection -- from Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister by Jung Chang. In the late 1940s, Chiang Kai-shek's forces were engaged in a war with Mao Zedong's communist forces to establish who would rule China. Chiang had the decided advantage, but lost that advantage in a series of mistakes: "[In the middle of the conflict], […]
Today's selection -- from Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter by Tom Clavin. In the 1870s, Buffalo Bill Cody had opened a new play called Scouts of the Plains to take advantage of Easterners' fascination with the exploits of the frontier. One of the characters in the play was Wild […]
Humans beings once crowded men, women and children, including newborns, into gas chambers by the hundreds and killed them. Again and again and again. That is a fact. It happened. Those humans who did that were not from another species or a breed apart. Human history is full of people who have done, and are […]
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...
I get asked a lot about adding video, audio, and other bells and whistles to ebooks. I’ll answer those questions — but they’re not always the answers the questioners want to hear. One of the most exciting things about ebooks is that they’re not confined to the capabilities of print. Color is free; type sizes […]
met this musician while out on a walk playing just to make people feel better music and compassion flowed from him. — “the banjo is truly an american instrument, and it captures something about our past.” -steve martin
Running out of ways to introduce these things. Found that I didn’t show much of the The Spirit Well in the past. Need to change that at some point. It could be because I couldn’t find a spot that didn’t involve … Continue reading →
Firstly, with the results of sleuthing on the Internet are some funnies from Debby Gies followed by some jokes from Sally. D.G. Writes is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, … Continue reading →
I’ve always been a homebody, but after having no choice but to stay at home, I’ve learned that I miss being able to come and go as I please – go being the operative word. I’ve learned to order groceries online and pick them up. What are all those people doing in Walmart? The parking […]
With spectacular visual images, this film reminds us of the necessity of connecting with the sacred in everyday life. It honors the sacred through sensory feelings of connection, with both the vast expanses such as mountain tops and waterfalls, and with the single dandelion sending its seeds into the future. This connection is further enhanced […]
Another list featuring things to do during stay-at-home time? I don't blame you if you're rolling your eyes. But, after doing some research, I've found that a lot of these curated lists rely heavily on two things: having someone else in your home with you and having the money to purchase all kinds of stuff […]
Do you meditate? Despite my best intentions, I never make the time to do so.My daughter does, and I often joke that I try, but I fall asleep every time.I have as much stress, or maybe more, than most people so I decided to make an effort and try guided meditation. YouTube has some good […]
Progressive Rock Through the AgesBy: Stewart BrennanProgressive Rock is one of several experimental genres that evolved out of Rock n Roll in mid 1960’s. It was a purely creative genre that carried at its initial core, reflections of morality, philosophies, political views and the social economic conditions of the times.The genre had a wide range […]
"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 […]
"My first flight was with a barnstormer at the age of five. I loved it! I also tried to 'fly' out of the barn loft with an umbrella. This was less than successful..." WASP Jean Terrell McCreery, 44-10 The indomitable Marguerite Jean Terrell Moreo McCreery has "...slipped the surly bonds of Earth. And danced the skies on […]
Today’s lead image taken with a flash about sixty years ago is a view of a porte-cochère in front of a hotel lobby at an unknown location, although there are enough clues in the image to home in on the area where the photo was shot. Share with us what you find of interest in...
Today’s featured image contains either a Douglas DC-2 or a DC-3 taking off or coming in for a landing at the Hoover Field located in Arlington, VA. While the airfield was in operation (1925 to ’41,) it was considered to be one of the most dangerous flying fields in the country. Military Rd., visible in...
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I read this book in the late 1980s, and really enjoyed it, despite finding his wife slightly infuriating. The story started in the 1960s, and went through to the 1970s. On his first date at a diner with his (red … Continue reading →
A Favor for a Favor (All In book 2) by Helena Hunting Narrated by Erin Mallon and Jason Clarke Book 2 in a related Series. Can stand alone. Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy. (My reviews don’t reveal more than the blurb does. If you want a quick review, skip to the Down & Dirty) While A Lie […]
In reply to The Olbiston: 1906: Those façade faces are pretty creepy. I found an article which offered an explanation for their presence: "On the side of the building facing Genesee Street, several faces are carved into the brick, and while there is no real answer as to their origin, there are some theories ... […]
There are countless ways you can earn money online from home. In comparison to a decade ago, the number of opportunities available for online ventures is many magnitudes higher. Today, you can build new online businesses either from scratch or through using a range of existing platforms such as Amazon. If you’re wondering about some […]
Readers occasionally send me suggestions for furniture that they consider safe because they are free of flame retardants. Flame retardants are among the most harmful of chemicals found in traditional furniture but unfortunately, they are not the only chemicals of concern. Fire retardants became common additives to polyurethane foam used in furniture in response […]
Question from Kendall I have received a pair of eyeglass frames from Warby Parker (try at home option). I have multiple chemical sensitivities and can detect some kind of sanitizer/antibacterial residue on them–I imagine as a covid precaution. Do you have any recommendations for removing the sanitizer residue–I can smell and taste it. Lisa’s […]
A new study has discovered that bumblebees actually bite plants to induce flowering so they can get to the business of pollinating. “In a sense, the bees are signaling, Hey, we need food. Please speed up your flowering, and we’ll pollinate you.” It’s an incredible discovery. Bees can actually force plants to flower up to […]
My pineapples are finally popping! Woohoo–what a great day to be a gardener! Not only have they sprouted, but look at these beauties. Beautifully formed to plump perfection beckoning my palate with their promise of juicy fruit. Remember when they were just tops in the ground? I posted this photo (shown below) back in July […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 26, 2020 is: homonymous \hoh-MAH-nuh-mus\ adjective 1 : ambiguous 2 : having the same designation 3 : of, relating to, or being homonyms Examples: "The Chelyabinsk meteorite became a media celebrity after the videos of its explosion in mid-air, occurring in February 2013 near the homonymous […]
It’s still too early to tell exactly how the coronavirus pandemic will impact fashion, but we’ve been given little hints over the last few weeks. First, there was the Maryland bar that introduced wearable inner tubes to promote social distancing; then there was the German concert where people came to dance around at a…Read more...
Reid McCarter on News, shared by Reid McCarter to The A.V. Club
Can someone be both hot and also, unequivocally and simultaneously, not? The answer to that question is: Zachary Quinto in NOS4A2. The tepidly-acclaimed AMC series adaptation of Joe Hill’s festively frightful novel is returning with a second, hopefully much-improved season on June 21. One thing is painfully clear from…Read more...
Britt Hayes on News, shared by Britt Hayes to The A.V. Club
In news as historic as it is completely unsurprising, FX has officially renewed It’s Always In Philadelphia for a 15th season. As Deadline notes, this makes the series the longest-running live-action comedy series of all time, having now surpassed ABC’s The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet. Read more...
Randall Colburn on News, shared by Randall Colburn to The A.V. Club
In Netflix’s new comedy series Space Force, John Malkovich and Ben Schwartz play character that are, in almost every way, diametric opposites. Malkovich’s Dr. Adrian Mallory is dry, scientific, and has spent his life in pursuit of a sustainable colony on the moon. Schwartz’s F. Tony Scarapiducci—the “f” stands for…Read more...
Marah Eakin on TV Club, shared by Marah Eakin to The A.V. Club
Super simple, quick and easy with a very short ingredient list! SO GOOD, so comforting, and a sure hit with the entire family! Remember that homemade gnocchi I posted last month? Well, I promised you a “baked gnocchi recipe coming soon, smothered in marinara sauce, ground beef and all the cheese.” Well, here it is […]
This is truly the only way to prepare asparagus! Roasted perfectly until crisp-tender and served with a refreshing tarragon vinaigrette, soft-boiled eggs and freshly shaved Parmesan. Our Spring doesn’t feel exactly like spring time just yet here in Chicago. It’s cold – like 35 degrees, still wearing Uggs, a parka, and a beanie/gloves type cold. […]
I’ve given in to the call of spring and decided to share some green thumb secrets with you. I tried to resist spring’s siren call, but I couldn’t ignore neither the fragrant jasmine outside my kitchen window nor the soft evening breeze that brought with it the smell of roses. So I had a meeting […]
We’ve arrived. It’s May! Hopefully, those April showers bring us May flowers. I am looking forward to everything blooming. It can be difficult to see the BEAUTY in the world right now, and yet, it is there. Here are a few beautiful things that have stood out to me recently: Mother’s Day certainly was different, […]
Picture of the day Berlin central station, as seen from south-east. The building is reflecting in the water of the Humboldt harbour. It was designed by architect Meinhard von Gerkan of Gerkan, Marg and Partners and was opened on May 26, 2006.
Picture of the day Winged altar at the pilgrimage church St. Wolfgang ob Grades, municipality of Metnitz, Carinthia, Austria. Shrine statues by an anonymous master probably of the elder Villach Workshop, 1490; reliefs and arrangement by the younger Villach Workshop, around 1520.