Commonwealth North has launched a new website to assist Alaskans in better understanding the State's fiscal challenge. The site allows Alaskans the opportunity to make revenue and spending choices to address the projected $1.3 billion shortfall in the 2022 budget. Designed by the group's Fiscal Policy Study Group, the site...
Today's encore selection -- from Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners by Sandy Nairne. Stealing famous art brings the challenge of overcoming heightened security measures as well as the difficulty of selling an easily identifiable work. Often, the motive is to provide collateral for a large drug deal: "Theft of really valuable […]
Today's selection -- from Einstein's War by Matthew Stanley. Albert Einstein published his special theory of relativity in 1905, and by 1915 had done additional work to present his general theory of relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences. This theory was a leap beyond Sir Isaac Newton’s laws, and Britain’s establishment was slow to […]
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...
on Fiction University: A great scene is a lot like a great meal. It whets an appetite for more, it fills up the senses, and it satisfies the hunger. A lot of things can happen in a scene. Plot things, character things, backstory things. We even describe them as “this is the scene where […]
October breathed poetry — beautiful and glowing. — ~Terri Guillemets, “Tenth verse,” 2018, blackout poetry created from Octave Mirbeau, The Diary of a Chambermaid, 1891 — painting credit: ‘autumn tree’, deborah mcgee, watercolor on paper
(Previously on Immortal Wars.) (Again, we shall revel in my teenage originality. Everyone groan in unison.) Disclaimer: Immortal Wars was the book I came up with and wrote in high school. I hadn’t even hit college by the time I wrote the … Continue reading →
D.G. Kaye shares the horrifying story of a house viewing that she and her husband conducted with an agent ten years ago that threw up some interesting home decorations…. and also a disturbing aftermath. Spying – The Story about House … 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 tender animation on the theme of isolation reunites filmmaker Andrea Dorfman with poet Tanya Davis ten years after their first collaboration on the viral film "How To Be Alone." "How To Be At Home" speaks to what so many of us are going through these days with quarantines, lock-downs and stay-at-home orders. "Lean into loneliness—and know you’re not […]
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 […]
Introductory Price of 99¢ goes away in 2 weeks!The Key To Kristina, my new Mystery Romance, is priced at only 99¢ this first month of release. The price rises to $3.99 in October.Bookzilla, TOP 500 REVIEWER, said: "Surprise ending. Intriguing storyline...twists to keep the reader’s interest. Realistic procedures, actions and reactions. Believable characters with distinct […]
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 […]
The 1957 “Survival Car I” was a joint venture of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company of Boston, MA, and Cornell College. The Insurance Company began research into and funded an auto safety program in the early 1950s, focusing on making vehicles safer for the occupants. The Cornell College Aeronautical Laboratory in Buffalo, NY, soon joined...
AM Radio station WBAP has served the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, Metropolitan area since 1922. The radio news business has always been competitive, and apparently, to get a jump on its competitors, instead of using full-sized domestic sedans, WBAP put this pair of Mustangs into service in an effort to get to the story first. The...
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 […]
I am (and have long been) searching for a children’s anthology I read and re-read as a child in the early 1960’s. With the passage of time, my memories of the book have faded, but here’s what I still remember: … Continue reading →
New Kindle and Audiobook Releases, Sales and Freebies Updated almost daily Are you in our FB Group, Ana’s Attic After Dark? See the full September Release Recap here Holy cow, it’s October! Many of these sales will end October 1st, and I will not have the list updated until the evening. I have fallen a […]
August 1941. Coffee County, Alabama. "Josh Smart family participates in the FSA Food for Defense program. Mrs. Eulia Smart says: 'I never had a pressure cooker before, an' when I got this one, I canned everything in sight' -- 264 quarts since spring." Medium format nitrate negative by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration. […]
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 Prepped: 1941: That Mrs. Smart had time to put her feet up and enjoy a good meal, including a double helping of cornbread. She's worn herself down to a nub. In other news, I'd give an hour or so off my life for a few of the square jars in those boxes. […]
Do you find yourself wondering if there’s a better way to do grocery shopping? If so, you’re not the only person on the planet that asked the same question. You can still follow the traditional way of going to and from every aisle in the grocery store to complete your shopping. Otherwise, you can follow […]
Both slow cooking and pressure cooking are thought to be healthier cooking methods and they are certainly convenient but are the materials used in the appliances safe? Why I Prefer Pressure Cookers to Slow Cookers There is no perfect pressure cooker or slow cooker and there are issues with the materials in each […]
Question from Debra I painted an old childhood piece of furniture with Kitz oil based sealer. I waited two days to dry and then I painted it with a latex paint which you could use on furniture. The smell is horrible. It’s getting better with the fan that’s facing the open window, But we can’t […]
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 1, 2020 is: inordinate \in-OR-dun-ut\ adjective 1 : exceeding reasonable limits : immoderate 2 archaic : disorderly, unregulated Examples: "The goalie in hockey, like a quarterback in football, has an inordinate amount of influence on a game." — Dave Hyde, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 31 July […]
If there’s anything that can brighten these otherwise dismal days of 2020, it’s the promise of new mega-mashups courtesy of the two producers behind The Hood Internet. From their distillation of 40 years of hip-hop to this genuinely-great-when-it--shouldn’t-be mashup of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” and Ginuwine’s “Pony”Read more...
Andrew Paul on News, shared by Andrew Paul to The A.V. Club
As reported by Deadline, a bunch of big-name filmmakers have teamed up with the Directors Guild Of America, The National Association Of Theatre Owners, and The Motion Picture Association to sign a joint letter asking the U.S. Congress to redirect unused money from the CARES Act—the COVID relief fund passed back in…Read more...
Sam Barsanti on News, shared by Sam Barsanti to The A.V. Club
Super Mario Bros. 35 is an interesting social experiment: Pit 35 players against one another in a contest for survival while playing through classic Super Mario Bros. levels. Unfortunately its charm is already wearing thin.Read more...
Ethan Gach on Kotaku, shared by Erik Adams to The A.V. Club
Here’s a nightmare scenario: The father of your soon-to-be-born child is killed in a tragic accident and, amidst your grieving, a mysterious illness confines you to the home of his offbeat and overbearing family. Such is the fate of Tamara Lawrance’s Charlotte in IFC’s Kindred, a new psychological thriller from…Read more...
Randall Colburn on News, shared by Randall Colburn to The A.V. Club
The most amazing pumpkin pancakes – so light + fluffy and made with semisweet chocolate chips. PERFECTION. HELLO FALL. It’s been incredibly beautiful here in Chicago with its crisp Fall days. The leaves are changing colors, the sweaters are coming out, and the pumpkin pancakes are legit taking over all of our kitchens. I […]
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, […]
When a person experiences a catastrophic event, it changes the way they breathe, work, play, eat, everything – I’m sure you get my meaning. My husband Joe died seventeen months ago and, not only was he my soulmate and lover, he was the inspiration for the Cindy’s Crusades series. He and I collaborated the […]
Tuesday, September 29, will be my mother’s 93rd birthday. She and my dad were married almost 70 years when he died on October 1, 2019. Losing the love of her life was devastating, and while she’s still with us, she’s not the same. She lives in a delusional world of her own making. Within three […]
Iran-backed militias launched rockets targeting U.S. troops that landed near Erbil airport in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq, a Kurdish security agency said on Wednesday, hours after Iraq's premier pledged to protect foreign missions
Picture of the day Church of San Juan el Real in the center of Calatayud, province of Zaragoza, Spain. The baroque church was built in the 17th and 18th century and hosts among others some of the oldest remaining paintings by Francisco de Goya in the pendentives of the main dome.