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 If We Can Keep It by Michael Tomasky. 1854 saw the establishment of a new party with an old name -- the Republican Party: "On March 20, 1854, [in the wake of the passage of the divisive Kansas-Nebraska Act] … a group of Conscience Whigs, Northern Democrats, and men associated with the new Free Soil […]
Today's selection -- from American Cowboy John Wayne: The Duke. John Wayne became the quintessential American hero of the 1950s and early 1960s, standing taller in his era than perhaps any before or since. His towering, iconic presence quickly lost its preeminence in the iconoclastic 1960s and 1970s: "Howard Hawks' coaxing of a new kind of […]
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...
Hey, amazing authors! Today I’m going to talk about how to do front matter in a book. It’s something you need to know If you’re self-publishing for the first time…and even if you’ve self-published many books, this still may give you some new ideas! What is front matter in a book? Basically, it’s everything that […]
i first crossed paths with this brave and amazing future author (trish kearney) years ago on her blog: “my thoughts on a page” https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/8642668 where she wrote about her family, her careers, her loves and losses, her daily life in ireland when i later traveled to ireland we met in person (even though her children […]
News Release Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) has selected six Native Communities to develop cultural plans and establish community-based Native Arts and Culture Councils (NACC). The selected Cohort ...
A while back, I started re-watching the BBC show called ‘Merlin’. It’s clearly about Merlin from the Arthurian legend. This time he’s a young wizard who is working as Arthur’s servant. Uther is the king and hates all magic, so … Continue reading →
A small selection of post I have enjoyed in the last week or so and I hope you will head over to read in full and also explore the archives of these amazing bloggers. Today the media is focused on … 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 […]
Today we feature a trio of 1950s and ’60s images that include “Joe’s Used Cars” dealership at 4500 Florida Ave. in Tampa. A Thunderbird coupe at a Dingus Real Estate branch office in Hudson, and a view of the Mitchell Motors Oldsmobile Showroom in Pensacola during the 1960 model year. Please share with us what...
From Paul Simon’s 1973 album “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon,” the popular song line from “Kodachrome,” “They give us those nice bright colors,” certainly applies to the lead image of a spring wedding. Note the richly saturated colors; blue, green, and red in this picture of this type of film is famous for. Learn about Kodachrome’s...
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 […]
The Reunion by Meghan Quinn Narrated by Lidia Dornet, Teddy Hamilton, Laurie West, Rock Engle, CJ Bloom, and Stephen Borne The One Night is a prequel, but The Reunion can stand alone. Family life fiction/Romance. Meghan Quinn has always been a top 5 author for me. I’ve never met a Meghan Quinn book I didn’t […]
From around 1960 in Columbus, Georgia, comes this News Archive snap of Baker Lion No. 13 liberating the basketball from an opposing player who does Not. Look. Happy. But that's the way the ball bounces in high school hoops. 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.
My mother's older sister Mary in a glass plate negative taken about 1916 in the family home in San Francisco. She's also been seen on Shorpy here in the same room and with her Model T Roadster here. Mary's was a short life; she died from tuberculosis in 1922. View full size.
A highly unusual Open Front, Hand Propelled Lever Driven Velocipede Tricycle. Date is ca 1867 but likely earlier. Steering is with the feet controlling the front wheels. One half of an Albumen Stereoview. Rider identified on the reverse as C.A. Way of Charlestown, New Hampshire. These types of vehicles were all a part of the […]
In reply to Double Barreled: 1910: The third rails which supply power to the electric locomotives are "under running". The contact face of the third rail faces downward, with an inverted "U" shaped insulating wooden cover over the top of the rail. The locomotive contact shoes slide on the underside of the rail, held up […]
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 […]
So I recently had a meet and greet with this interesting visitor. Startling experience to be sure, but intriguing, too. I mean, just look at this spider! Incredible. It’s quite large, about the size of my thumb, and a bit intimidating. As I’ve never met a spider this large (I’m happy to say) and wasn’t […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 16, 2022 is: epithet \EP-uh-thet\ noun An epithet is "a characterizing word or phrase that accompanies, or occurs in place of, the name of a person or thing" or "a disparaging or abusive word or phrase." // Richard the First is frequently referred to by the […]
Since its fifth season premiered in 2019, Black Mirror’s episodes covering the terrors (and rare joy) of advancing technology have felt far more relevant than usual, showing us that a dystopian future could truly be within our current timeline. After three years of dealing with our world’s own mess, Variety reports…Read more...
Apple TV+ has finally released a trailer for the third season of For All Mankind, one of its most thrilling (and highly underrated) dramas. The space race has clearly intensified in the ten years between seasons two and three of the alternate-reality sci-fi series. The show jumps to the ‘90s when the U.S. and Russia…Read […]
Though it seems like no one else would be fit for the lead role of Evelyn Wang in Everything Everywhere All At Once besides the inimitable Michelle Yeoh, director duo the Daniels originally wanted Jackie Chan as the star of the film. The two even flew to China in pursuit of the martial arts master, […]
In the Star Trek episode “A Taste of Armageddon,” William Shatner’s Captain Kirk gives a memorable speech to the head a planetary faction engaged in a seemingly intractable civil war. “We’re human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands, but we can stop it. We can admit that we’re killers, […]
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 […]
I’m sure that even readers have heard of Writer’s Block — which means the writer is stuck in a wheel, spinning ideas in their heads but not on paper. It happens to the best of us; even Stephen King has experienced this dreaded circumstance where you sit at your desk ready to deliver magic on […]
Everywhere I turn there’s a new movie, television series, video game, heavy metal bands, even costume-partygoers celebrating this ancient culture that hailed from the icy regions of Northern Europe. Why are modern men and women of the twenty-first century so enchanted by Vikings? Perhaps it is a yearning to return to what we believe […]
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 tender gluten free Victoria sponge is perfect for when you crave a light and fluffy vanilla cake. Air is whipped into the batter resulting in a luxurious feather-light and springy texture. Sandwiched between the luscious sponge cake is a filling of sweet tangy jam and dairy-free whipped cream. Have you ever watched The Great... […]
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 […]
Picture of the day Christ church or Christuskirche, Windhoek, Namibia. The church, built beween 1907-1910 and designed by architect Gottlieb Redecker, was originally known as the Church of Peace as it was built following the wars between the Germans and the Khoikhoi, Herero, and Owambo. It was constructed from quartz sandstone mined from the vicinity […]