Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development August 21, 2020 No. 20-30 JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska’s July job count was down 11.2 percent from last July, a loss of 39,900 jobs. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 11.6 percent from 12.4 percent in June. The comparable U.S rate...
Shortly before the announcement that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died Friday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said in an interview that if she was presented with a vacancy on the court, she would not vote to confirm a nominee before the election. Ginsburg died in her home in Washington D.C. at the age of […]
Today's encore selection -- from Sunny Days: The Children's Television Revolution That Changed America by David Kamp. Young Fred Rogers: "[Fred] Rogers had moved to [New York City] to work in television out of a sense of calling as much as career. In Rogers's case, the religious overtones were even more explicit -- he put off attending divinity […]
Today's encore selection -- from Fortune's Formula by William Poundstone. During World War II, a British-American team that included Claude Shannon and Alan Turing created the first digitally scrambled, wireless phone known as SIGSALY: "Declassified only in 1976, it was a joint effort of Bell Labs and Britain's Government Code and Cipher School at Bletchley Park, north […]
We’ve noticed this summer in Tennessee has been more humid than usual. To the point where working outside is fraught with the danger of heat exhaustion event though the temperature is not extreme, perhaps 90 degrees. My wife and I are talking about moving. But where? Welcome to the future. The Mississippi valley, extending to […]
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...
A ragged bird is swallowed by dark trees and stirring water, grey as packs of rats, runs widdershins, below the heavy cloud. Marge, swaying on the dock drops to her knees. Her long dark hair trails down to touch the boat, but cargo handed over, up she jumps, her tanned face cracking with both smiles […]
day two of our return to school we all find comfort in our own way a donkey, a pillow, a bus, a dragon each makes all the difference to someone. — “cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.” -hippocrates
(I should just make this one my theme song.) Hey, anybody hear that I released a new book? It’s called War of Nytefall: Ravenous and it’s a really good read. Just click on the cover: Now, I feel like I’ve done … Continue reading →
By special request I am sharing Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story and I hope those of you who have not read his adventures will enjoy… Last time we discovered Sam’s love of sausages, ice cream, snow, Christmas and the ‘love … 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 […]
Mark Redding survived a devastating traumatic brain injury in an auto accident when he was in his early 20s. Almost 30 years later, Mark met Doug Kline through the PALS (Providing a Link for Survivors) program at Brain Injury Services, a program that enables clients and community volunteers to connect in a mutually enriching friendship to build […]
It's hard to believe it's been months since I've written a post! This year, for all of us, has been such a strange one. For some, it's been heartbreaking. For others, merely unusual. But, regardless of what's happened in your life, 2020 has been a year of change. Like it or not, 2020's smacked us […]
Best waffles I ever ate? These Yeast-Raised Waffles. I've had this recipe for years, but I make these only on special occasions because they must be mixed up the night before and left to rise.Since the kids are grown and gone, I no longer have to plan every meal in advance so I usually fix a […]
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 […]
Rudy Fick was a Ford dealer located at the intersection of 1920 McGee Street and 24th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This pair of post-war Ford sedans his salesmen drove undoubtedly got the point across that he was in the market for used cars. The enlargeable image below contains the car sales “representative” Willard Woods...
Today’s featured image maybe a photo taken by someone of their new car, what we refer to as a “new car moment.” In contrast to its working class neighborhood and the derelict Chevrolet behind it this spotless two-door hardtop with white mud flaps and clear plastic seat covers really stands out in it’s environment. As...
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 […]
Science fiction "They were not like us." Spaceship investigates a post-Nova star, passes a world whose civilization was destroyed with the Nova, then makes first contact with an alien ship. They aliens appear "horse like" on video. When asked about … Continue reading →
Rebel Heir and Rebel Heart (Rush Duet) by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward Narrated by Sebastian York and Maxine Mitchell I was listening to Midnight Sun and needed a break, so I went through my library for books I bought but never listened to. I was so excited when I found Rebel Heir by Vi […]
Washington, D.C., circa 1901. "View of 12th Street N.W., west side, from near G Street." Merchants and tenants seen here include Morton C. Stout, Tailor, at the corner of 12th and F; a dealer in Sundries and Bedding; a hardware emporium whose name we can't quite make out, as well as a [Something] School; the […]
Photo taken on the boardwalk of Coney Island around July, 1948 by my mother on a family outing from the Bronx. The Dodgers were still in Brooklyn and Steeplechase park was one of the most creative and exciting amusement park rides of its day. Dad was a milk truck driver for Sheffield Farms Dairy one […]
In reply to Needful Things: 1901: I always find it entertaining, in fin de siècle photos, to see bicycles parked below the curb, as if they were either horses or motor vehicles, though this convention is not strictly observed here. I will also observe, with considerable amusement, that the woman parking her bike in front […]
A sharp-edged bandsaw is what you need for cutting raw purified metal or making straight cuts in a block of wood. There are multiple uses of bandsaw in the industry. However, it is one of the most common tools you find in small shops to ease up the workload. A brandsaw provides perfect settings for […]
I was helping a reader evaluate a product made from polyethylene terephthalate and thought it would be helpful to share the information because it can be confusing. This material has more than one chemical name as well as many brand names. Also, surprisingly, it is not a phthalate! Debra Lynn Dadd wrote the following article […]
Question from Marcella I was just browsing all the clothing websites you have for plus size women. It is a shame that I cannot find 100% linen whether organic or not for plus size women (22W or above 3X) that is affordable. It appears that these designers are making clothes for the rich and famous […]
Sun hemp is a perfect cover crop for building the quality of your soil. And soil is everything when it comes to the garden. Soil provides nutrients for plants to be absorbed via their roots and retains moisture for the plant. Well-aerated soil is important and can be achieved by adding compost to your soil. […]
At last, I have achieved a successful pineapple harvest from my backyard garden. It didn’t require much effort, but it did require patience. Years of patience. Generally pineapples take about two and a half years to harvest. On the advice of a friend, I planted these pineapple four and five years ago. He said it […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 20, 2020 is: ubiquitous \yoo-BIK-wuh-tuss\ adjective : existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : widespread Examples: "Within China, WeChat is ubiquitous, serving as an all-in-one app that's important for making payments and even for displaying someone's coronavirus test results." — David […]
Our weekly thought-starter asks you (and us) a simple question each week: What pop culture did you consume this weekend, and what did you think of it? If you have suggestions for AVQ&A questions, big or small, you can email them to us here.Read more...
As far as subplots in already tasteless and trashy docuseries go, the “Who killed Carole Baskin’s husband?” parts of Netflix’s Tiger King went even less tasteful and more trashy than the standards already slunk under by the show’s general tone. That aura of ill-repute wasn’t helped by the fact that the primary…Read more...
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Amazingly creamy, so bright, and super quick + easy. Comes together in 30 min! Serve with additional fresh Parmesan. SO SO GOOD. Whoa. Just whoa. This has been on my dinner table almost every day this week. It’s creamy. It’s bright. It’s quick. It’s easy. And it’s seriously got EVERYTHING you need – pasta, vodka, […]
Amazingly creamy orzo with juicy chicken, mushrooms and baby spinach. All made in one skillet, even the uncooked pasta! The creamiest orzo with all the fix-ins and the juiciest, golden brown chicken thighs all made in one. single. pot. It’s quite possibly the easiest dinner one can ask for, and you can easily substitute chicken […]
England, in fact all of the British Isles, are beautiful and intriguing. Ancient to modern often stand side by side. The countries of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales at one time ruled independently. Kingdoms were eventually joined, yet each remains unique and distinct. There is mystery, too! The story of King Arthur and the […]
Right now, with the end of summer, a lot of tomato vines are wilting, leaving green tomatoes on them. Among the treats you can make are fried green tomatoes. You want tomatoes that are not too deep a green, more a greenish yellow. Avoid ones that have already started to turn red, as they won’t […]
Picture of the day Rabelos in the Douro River with the city of Porto in the background, Portugal. Rabelos are traditional Portuguese wooden cargo boats used for centuries to transport people and goods from along the Douro River. Wine was brought in rabelos from the interior of the country to Porto, home to many wine […]