State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development September 18, 2020 No. 20-33 JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska’s August job count was down 10.5 percent from last August, a loss of 37,000 jobs. Pandemic disruptions continued to spur large over-the-year losses in all industries except federal government, which was up...
Today's selection -- from Wyoming: A History of the American West by Sam Lightner Jr. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Buffalo Bill Cody was among the most famous people in the world, and his Wild West show was perhaps the most popular theatrical event in the country: "Custer's defeat at the Little Bighorn […]
In today's encore selection -- from The Prize by Daniel Yergin. With the price of oil dropping again, it is worth recalling the beginning of the oil era. It was in 1859 in the obscure town of Titusville in northwestern Pennsylvania, when 'Colonel' E.L. Drake and 'Uncle Billy' Smith successfully drilled the first oil well […]
I hope everyone is enjoying cooler fall weather. My latest release, The Green Beret Guide to Seven Great Disasters (2) is out today. This series of books is about learning from past disasters to prevent future ones. From the misconceptions on both sides that led to Pearl Harbor to the last Tsar’s leadership failures which […]
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...
on Writers Helping Writers: Developing characters is one of the joys of writing and it’s a dream when we understand them and what they’re about. Inevitably, though, there comes a time when our characters do and say things that don’t make sense to us, we feel they’re one-dimensional, or we just don’t know how they […]
Here’s the last of the Monster Maker posts for October 2020. These 3 have been donated by Deby Fredericks. Hope everyone enjoyed this yearly event and return in 2021 for another round. Enjoy. Bastremus Hovering over volcanic regions, these hazy … Continue reading →
I was going through my ‘funny’ folders and I am sharing my favourites….. Starting with undercover agents.... And you do know that they understand every word….don’t you! And to finish…things that kids say…. After the christening of his baby brother … 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 […]
Jafta and Katriena are not people who take pills - they prefer to rely on nature's medicine. Even when he was a young boy, Jafta would visit the mountains to collect healing herbs. Now aged 84, he still cycles out to the mountains to hunt for herbs. He doesn't sell these herbs, but shares with […]
It's hard to believe, but this is the TENTH year of the Positively Present Gratitude Challenge! I've been doing this for a decade (and I know many of you have too!), and I'm so excited to begin this year's challenge on November 1. There's always something special about celebrating gratitude during the month of November […]
I've written and published SlingWords since 2005. I've consistently posted new content, rarely missing 2 days in a row—until the last few months.Several reasons explain the lapse in posting new content, but the one most to blame is moving.Moving SucksOne of my goals this year was to sell our 2-story house and buy a 1-story. […]
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 marks the first appearance here of a Burger King restaurant and a small 1970s GM economy car rusting away on a Bicentennial year at a state located in the “Rust Belt.” It appears it was a pleasant spring day, and the local gearheads were hanging out at the fast-food burger joint and no doubt...
The lead image is a view of Montague Roberts posing in a 1908 Thomas-Flyer 50 hp model DX double chain-drive racing car on a one-hundred and fifteen-inch chassis. This is definitely a PR shot as only twine, and small diameter rope used to tie down the spare tires. It wasn’t uncommon for racing cars to...
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 […]
The first book has a scene where the student almost dies due to a werewolf-like creature and is saved and recruited to a magic school. The school has a sanctuary for animals. The cooks at the school are Bob the … Continue reading →
Show Time (Juniper Ridge 1) by Tawna Fenske Narrated by Sebastian York and Emma Wilder Contemporary Romance with comedy and suspense. First in a series of stand-alones. This was my first Tawna Fenske book and I can’t wait to read more. Show Time by Tawna Fenske had everything I love in a book, it made […]
1902. "Lizzie Bourne monument, Mount Washington, White Mountains, New Hampshire." Miss Bourne, who succumbed to exposure, was just a few hundred feet from the summit house when she expired on that blustery September night in 1855. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.
October 1950. Salt Lake City, Utah. "Mormon boys receiving Communion." Acetate negative from photos by Jim Hansen for the Look magazine assignment "Mormons: We Are a Peculiar People," written by Lewis W. Gillenson. View full size.
1918 circa, Java, Dutch East Indies, a portrait of my father-in-law's parental family. My (late) father-in-law, Marinus Wennekes, is the boy in sailor suit, who is sitting prominently in the middle in front. He was born in 1912 in Magelang, Java, Dutch Indies. He is surrounded by his parents and siblings. The father, my wife's […]
Cars drive on the beach in New York, San Diego or Virginia. The tower on the right does not appear in any other commonly available photos of New York-area beaches, so I could be completely off base. It's from the early 50s, as best I can tell from the makes of the cars depicted, and […]
In reply to Fatal Stroll: 1902: "Along with two relatives, her cousin Lucy Bourne, and her uncle George Bourne, Lizzie tried to climb Mount Washington without a guide. They left the Glen House, at the bottom of the mountain at about 2 PM. About 4 PM they had made it half way to the top." […]
In reply to Fatal Stroll: 1902: 150 Years of Misadventure on the Presidential Range of New Hampshire by Nicholas Howe Read about her and countless other hapless souls who greatly underestimated the challenges they faced when they set out on a hike woefully unprepared for the sudden weather changes that can occur instantly, even to […]
The majority of people fall trap and end up losing more money than saving any. And that’s because they conduct limited searches for best priced financial products such as credit cards or auto loans. As hard as that is to believe, most people do not even use comparison websites to find the best deals. According […]
Question from Mathew Does pu leather pose the same risks as PU foam? Is PET (PE) foam generally safer than PU foam? I work at a preschool where all the mats are 100% Polyurethane foam. I want to find safe and viable alternatives. I’ve just started learning about the unsafe nature of these materials. […]
Question from Madelyn Hi Lisa! I have some questions about the toxicity of burning candles. My husband and I completely revamped our lifestyle a few years ago to a more healthy and non toxic life. We are very careful with what we buy and or bring into our home, especially with 2 young kids. So […]
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 October 23, 2020 is: guttersnipe \GUTT-er-snype\ noun 1 : a young vagabond : an outcast boy or girl in the streets of a city 2 : a person of the lowest moral or economic station Examples: "He had blackmailed another ten dollars out of the urchin, also […]
Tim Heidecker’s early work as a master of scatalogical short-form comedy has since blossomed into a number of corners: film, podcasting, music, and parody (Decker is probably comedy’s best indirect skewering of Donald Trump). With his first official stand-up special, An Evening With Tim Heidecker, the comedian draws…Read more...
Randall Colburn on TV Club, shared by Randall Colburn to The A.V. Club
Earlier this week, we wrote about an unsettling scene in Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Borat sequel in which Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, acts like a creep with the “15-year old daughter” of Borat, who he believed to be a young female journalist. Read more...
Randall Colburn on News, shared by Randall Colburn to The A.V. Club
In order to appear on the ballot for mayor in the city of Chicago, a candidate must submit a petition with 12,500 registered voters’ signatures. This is significantly more than what is required by far larger cities, like New York and Los Angeles (3,750 and 500, respectively). It’s even more than what’s required to run…Read […]
Laura Adamczyk on TV Club, shared by Laura Adamczyk to The A.V. Club
In some episodes of The Great British Baking Show, the producers push the bakers, presenting complicated and obscure challenge briefs. Some episodes, they play it safe, teeing the contestants up for success. For season 11’s “Pastry Week” however, the producers seem less interested in the bakers’ experience and more…Read more...
Kate Kulzick on TV Club, shared by Kate Kulzick to The A.V. Club
The coziest, most wholesome meal. With golden brown chicken, tender potatoes, white wine, fresh rosemary + thyme. Say hello to the coziest meal of 2020. Perfectly-seared golden brown chicken thighs, tender baby golden potatoes, juicy mushrooms, and an herb-wine sauce that you can basically guzzle down. It’s perfection on a crisp, 55 degree Fall day […]
Seriously SO SO GOOD. Perfect for burritos and/or burrito bowls! And it’s even better than Chipotle, but shhhhh! This recipe has been such a lifesaver. I have been incredibly busy with work/errands/adult chores lately that I have been (shamelessly) ordering delivery a few times a week. And with all the surcharges, tips and fees, I […]
I love Christmas, don’t we all? But, yup, the Christmas holidays are my absolute favorite. I was born in England but have spent Christmas in a number of different countries, England of course, but also France, Singapore, and America. What I most love about Christmas is the nuances in traditions that people have. Even back […]
I’m thrilled that my new sweet holiday romance, A Chocolate-Box Christmas Wish, is 1 of the books in the fabulous Dear Santa Collection. I wanted to write a story centering around the characters in my “Chocolate-Box” series, and chose a character from a previous book, Cora, plus a new character, Patrick, to share a winter […]