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...
Today's selection -- from The Great Influenza by John M. Barry. Once President Woodrow Wilson decided that America should enter World War I, he did so with fire and fury, brushing aside individual liberties and crystalizing Americans around the single focal point of war: "His fire informed virtually everything that happened in the country, including fashion: […]
Today's selection -- from Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter by Tom Clavin. The history of the circus in America, with the very first attended by George Washington himself: "'Following the White Tops' was the phrase describing people who were with the circus. The first equestrian display dubbed a 'circus' in […]
That sums up the apocalypse that is the United States. Betsy DeVos, Sec of Education, summed up this administration’s approach to the pandemic this morning by insisting schools re-open but when asked if there is a plan, she said schools were on their own to figure out how to do that. And how to support […]
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...
Originally posted on Uninspired Writers: Writing required commitment, but it’s not always easy to find time in ourbusy lives. Yet, if it’s something we want to pursue, it’s something we have to do. Recently, alongside fitting writing in whenever I can, I’ve set aside designated writing time. Two hours on a Sunday, when I shut…
With summer here, many people find that they want to spend as much time outside as possible. Usually because I’m writing this in May, so I have no idea if we’re still under lockdown or not. Last thing I heard … 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 […]
Empathy and sympathy are not just two different approaches to confronting the emotional challenges of others; they are diametrically opposite responses in many important ways. Sympathy places another's problems at a distance from us, places us in a position of superiority, and "drives separation", says the film's narrator, Dr. Brené Brown. Empathy, on the other […]
Throughout the years of working on Positively Present, I've discovered that one of the most essential aspects of living a positive and present life is this: keeping an open mind. This sounds much easier than it is, so I created a digital workbook to explore what I believe are the necessary steps needed to truly […]
Anyone know anything about Google? I've used Blogger for years with a non-gmail account. I decided to create a Gmail account for a special use.Now that Gmail account has taken over as Admin on all my Blogger Dashboards and other Google apps.Help! I can't get Blogger to recognize my previous email that I've used for […]
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 […]
Boone, North Carolina, named after Daniel Boone, the famous early American explorer, is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northwestern part of the state. Today’s circa 1957 featured image was taken during a parade in the town. Note all of the double-parked cars next to the Todd & Higgins Esso Service Center, and...
The first aftermarket tops for convertibles went on the market in the teens’ when the “California top” became a popular addition on roadsters and touring cars. A clear plexiglass top appeared on a Plymouth show car in 1939. After producing thousands of clear plastic domes and canopies for aircraft during WWII, a few of 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 […]
A Secret In Onyx by Jessica Florence Book One in a Trilogy. Post-apocalyptic Fantasy. I’m not normally a fantasy reader, Sure, I have read a few (The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning…OMG), and there have been fae as side characters or mentions in other paranormal books that I have read, but it’s not […]
July 1941. "Port Kelley, where wheat belonging to members of the Walla Walla Grain Growers is stored and shipped by barge to Portland. Walla Walla County, Washington." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
My mother Judy (on the left) hams it up with her best friend Bobbie at the New York Historical Society in 1951. It was Mom's first job after graduating from college. The picture appears to have been taken professionally, as there are others from the same shoot. Not sure what the intended use was. NYHS […]
In reply to Walla Walla Wheat: 1941: It looks like the driver has a desert water bag hanging off the front bumper of the truck. To me it looks vulnerable there but that may be the only place to get enough airflow. There is still a grain terminal at the same location. https://www.moonrandolphhomestead.org/homestead-journals/2018/7/16/the-d...
In reply to Second City: 1941: Mr. Lee may have been using 'brownstone' as a synonym of townhouse, but these were most likely Chicago Greystones. Greystones were made from Bedford limestone mined in nearby deposits in Indiana.
So, you want to shower your lady love with diamonds. Well, there is nothing more she could love. But, are you afraid of getting ripped off? Or, do you not want to waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on something worldly. Although diamonds are elegant, flawless, and sophisticated, there is no denying that they are […]
Last week I wrote about the toxicity of silicone and revealed that while research is still limited, studies show that silicone does leach potentially harmful chemicals into food, particularly at temperatures above 300°. Following the precautionary principle, I recommend avoiding cooking and baking with silicone. What Do I Buy to Replace my Silicone Bakeware? […]
Silicones are made from silicon, a naturally-occurring element that is abundant in sand. However, in order to make silicon available for industrial processes, it’s heated to very high temperatures and reacted with fossil-fuel derived hydrocarbons.1 This may explain why some people who are sensitive to petrochemicals may react to silicones. In order to make […]
The African winds are blowing Sahara desert dust across the Atlantic Ocean to the shores of the United States. Some see this as a terrible nuisance. Some see it as a health risk (which it definitely can be). Others–like me–see this as a garden gift from the heavens. Or universe. Why? Because the dust blowing […]
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 […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 13, 2020 is: parsimonious \par-suh-MOH-nee-us\ adjective 1 : exhibiting or marked by thrift or economy; especially : frugal to the point of stinginess 2 : sparing, restrained Examples: "A Monopoly board sat on a makeshift table in the center of the room, with each player's signature […]
Actress Kelly Preston—the star of films like Jerry Maguire and Twins—died Sunday morning at 57. “Kelly Preston, adored wife and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer,” People reported from a family representative early Monday morning. “Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been…Read more...
Patrick Gomez on News, shared by Patrick Gomez to The A.V. Club
Money talks. After years of ignoring requests from Native American tribes to change the name, the Washington Redskins are listening to their main sponsor and changing their name. Multiple outlets had source reporting Sunday night that the official announcement of the name change will be made Monday, though the…Read more...
Patrick Gomez on News, shared by Patrick Gomez to The A.V. Club
A crowd favorite! Loaded with baby spinach, fresh strawberries, juicy, tender chicken thighs + the dreamiest poppy seed dressing! Say hello to my favorite part of summer: all the vibrant, beautiful, colorful salads. With juicy, grilled chicken thighs seasoned with some salt and pepper, this makes for a hearty meal for any time of the […]
FOOL-PROOF and only 4-ingredients! So hearty and rustic with the most amazing crust + fluffy, soft, chewy inside. Seriously, SO GOOD. Guys, please say hello to my COVID baby. Yes, that’s exactly right. My bread baby. My bread baby I made every single week starting in March. My first loaf was…well, it wasn’t the prettiest […]
“Put ice on it and sit and watch TV.” That advice from my doctor would have been great except he also told me to stay off the computer. I tore the ligament in my shoulder and needed to keep from using it while it healed, so I watched a lot of TV. Still not healed […]
So, the pandemic is still a thing. Christopher and I both work from home as writers and June 1st we each finished big projects. The state of the world has emphasized how important family is and we needed to safely lay eyes on our loved ones. June 15th we embarked on a road trip toward […]
Since the onset of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the U.S. Air Force and Army basic military training programs have seen hundreds of recruits test positive for COVID-19, with the majority of them showing no symptoms