March 24, 2023 No. 23-5 JUNEAU, Alaska — February’s job count was up 2.5 percent from February 2022, an increase of 7,700 jobs. Nearly all industries recorded growth. Gains were largest in transportation, warehousing and utilities (+2,300), leisure and hospitality (+2,100), and professional and business services (+700). Transportation, responsible for...
Today's encore selection -- from Financial Founding Fathers: The Men Who Made America Rich by Robert E. Wright and David J. Cowen. French-born Philadelphian Stephen Girard, an international merchant and trader, was perhaps the richest man in America in the late 1700s and early 1800s. With assets of $7 million at his death ($200 million in […]
Today's selection -- from This Mortal Coil by Andrew Doig. Observations on the impact of starvation from a 1944 study: "A fascinating, though ethically dubious study on the psychological effects of starvation was carried out at the University of Minnesota in 1944, led by American physiologist Ancel Keys. The study recruited thirty-six young men, chosen for […]
On July 29, 1976, serial killer David Berkowitz – who would become known as the Son of Sam – committed the first of his murders in New York City. I remember these events because that was my senior year of high school and the first shooting occurred just blocks from where I lived. One of […]
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 Nicholas C. Rossis: After my host’s sudden passing back in January, I spent a couple of months moving over 100 clients to our new ISP – without any passwords that would let me do so in a seamless way. What ensued was a Sisyphean task of convincing various ISPs to share with…
a return to la casita pacifica my tiny peaceful house. — “why do you go away? so that you can come back. so that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” -terry pratchett
(Exaggeratingly based off a true story. One that will forever live in infamy and be included somewhere in the Phi Beta Files series.) Stuck in class Breakfast now long dead I feel my stomach twist Forcing me to stumble As I … Continue reading →
Firstly, some funnies from Debby Gies who is on winter vacation in Mexico but has left us some funnies to enjoy. D.G. Writes is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, … 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 […]
What if you knew that the way to access the very best in yourself - the light side of your humanity - was by facing your darkness?...One of the most powerful turning points in life comes when we begin to understand the shadow as a great teacher.
Welcome to the 12th Annual Positively Present Gratitude Challenge! There’s always something special about celebrating gratitude in the month of November, and this year’s challenge has an extra special twist.… The post The 12th Annual Gratitude Challenge! appeared first on Positively Present - Dani DiPirro.
Famous Authors are often quoted—especially the quotes I'm sharing today.When I started writing, about the time Conestoga wagons rolled across the mountains, I found the following bits of advice inspiring, useful, and witty.Robert Heinlein SaidYou must write. You must finish what you write. You must refrain from rewriting except to editorial order. You must put […]
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 […]
All-American patriot, artist, designer, entrepreneur, flower arranger, chef, and joyful servant, Sunny Lou Starling, was carried on the wings of angels to the arms of her savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, January 6, 2023. She once said her mission was to “Gather and feed all you can, as often as you can, because you never know if […]
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 […]
In this weekly series, we ask our readers to tell us the year, make, and model of all of these vehicles along with the location where the image was taken and anything else you find of interest in the photos. You can look back at all the earlier parts of this series here. The images are...
Today’s feature contains a 8 mm film by Tommy Lorbeer contains rare footage showing prewar racing on the Harper dry lake in California in 1940. In addition to the many home-built Ford-based racing cars and a four-cylinder powered Chevrolet streamliner, Bob Rufi set a record of 140 mph; some thoroughbreds are to be seen, Don...
Are you interested in Affiliate Marketing, but don’t know where to start? You don’t really have an audience yet and it takes time to build one? Maybe you are also a little uncomfortable with “selling” and don’t want to bother all your friends? Well… I’ve good news for you, because today I’m sharing 5 easy […]
I read this book in the 90s, but I think I may have been published in the 80s.It was a modern era story. There are two sisters, one is responsible with an adult daughter getting married. I remember at least one woman wore a tartan sash across her chest, but I am not convinced it […]
The Girl in the Woods (Misted Pines 2) by Kristen Ashley Male POV Thriller with some romance. Early copy provided in exchange for an honest review. Affiliate Links included. “This town is f*cking crazy. Dead girls in the lake. Dead girls in the motel. Wives texting videos to everyone in town of their cheating husbands […]
Detroit circa 1905. "Woodward Avenue north from Jefferson." A phantasmagoria of signage advertising vaudeville, soap, cigars and the mandatory Painless Dental Parlors (your choice of Laughing Gas or "Vitalized Air"). 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.
This despondent looking crew are the drawn from the various Scandanavian, German, and Irish families settled in or near Wadena, Minnesota during the late 1800s. Wadena, located in the west-central part of the state, was (and is) a pretty small town, so some of these kids probably had an epic daily commute, by foot, from […]
In reply to Teeth Without Plates: 1905: Into the 20th century, cigar brand names were an index of celebrity and popular culture. Wikipedia has a historical list, but it doesn't include 'Ben-Hur', a Detroit brand. Hardly anything was better-known than 'Ben-Hur'. It started as a novel published in 1880 by Civil War general Lew Wallace […]
Apollo Box Deal – 20% Off Decor and Gifts Get some cute decor and personal items with Apollo Box's End of March Sale. Get 25% OFF site wide at Apollo … The post Apollo Box Deal – 25% Off Decor and Gifts appeared first on Shopping Kim.
Hydroponic Towers Made Easy will chronicle my journey into the hydroponic gardening world. At first, I was intimidated by the mere thought of growing food in hydroponic towers. I thought, that’s WAY too much work and involves way too many aspects I know nothing about. Chemicals, pH balance, water pumps, special sprouting trays… UGH. Just […]
I’m posting this recipe for Ricotta-Stuffed Squash Blossoms and warn you: it’s NOT that difficult to make these scrumptious beauties! I found the recipe (including video) on Kitchen and Craft. This site is definitely worth a visit! I tried my hand at making these stuffed squash blossoms after a visit to a local farm-to-table style […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 30, 2023 is: golem \GOH-lum\ noun Golem refers in Jewish folklore to an artificial humanoid being endowed with life. It can also refer to someone or something (such as a robot) resembling such a being. // She came to regard her punctilious supervisor as a golem […]
The day is finally here: Noted Hollywood foodie Florence Pugh is this week’s guest on Hot Ones, the beloved YouTube interview series featuring celebrities struggling to answer questions as they eat increasingly spicy wings. The A Good Person star is a natural fit for the show, thanks to her delightful Instagram…Read more...
An anime adaptation of 2010's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, first announced back in January 2022, is coming to Netflix, and the entire main cast is set to reprise their roles via voiceover. Yes, even Chris Evans.Read more...
Don’t worry, fans of “protecting and defending Americans”; the U.S. army will still be running its previously-stalled “Be All You Can Be” ad campaign during the NCAA final four–just without its star player. Read more...
Yesterday, I was in the doctor’s office and as soon as I got a seat, I pulled out my phone and began checking my emails. Being a rather busy author, there’s always work I can do, so I began flipping through the new messages. Suddenly, I realized there was an older woman (older than me […]
Blurb construction is an art form that either comes easily or bugs the dickens out of some authors. In order for me to concoct a description of my story to attract would-be readers, Mother Earth has to be tilted just so. The weather has to cooperate, and the mood must equate to the whimseys of […]
So today, I decided to check the valve clearances on Yagi, my TW200 motorcycle. This was part of the continuing diagnosis as to why she was suffering severe power loss when above 2d gear.The Z's dropped off a new spark plug and a torque wrench for me at the junction of I-5 and Ogilvy Road […]
This morning's sunrise was pretty good:The morning was spent charging up Scarlett's battery. She wouldn't start on her own this morning, but started just fine when I jump started her using the VRRV's house battery.I think the battery is toast, as it's almost 5 years old, having been installed November of 2018. I also noticed, […]
Had a blast talking with Tony Blauer, an innovator in self defense I've learned a ton from over the last 20 years or so.As we discuss in the podcast, I first met Tony when he wrote to me around the time my first book was published. He praised me for my fictional depiction of various aspects of violence, […]
In 2018, at the suggestion of novelist Andrew Vachss, I did what I could do get out the word about Amazon Smile—a program that enabled Amazon customers to direct a portion of their purposes to a favored charity. Mine was an organization Andrew established: the Legislative Drafting Institute for Child Protection.The good news is, you can still donate […]
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 […]
It’s a wrap! Thanks to all those who attended last weekend’s Alaska Summer Showcase! You came for the deals, had lots of fun–and stayed for the prizes! B-i-g thank-you to ... The post Alaska Summer Showcase–it’s a WRAP! appeared first on Alaska Travelgram.
Here’s a delicious fall-time spin on classic blueberry muffins. If you’re a solo adult who likes good food, this recipe is for you. Or if you’ve got extra kitchen “helpers” around (read: kids who need entertainment), turn baking these Halloween muffins into a fun toddler snacktivity. Pumpkin BOO-berry Muffin Recipe Ingredients: 2 boxes Jiffy brand […]
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: […]
Slightly sweetened gluten-free scones that are perfectly tender inside with just the right amount of crisp and crumbly around the edges. And who can deny the sweet indulgence of a perfectly drizzled powdered sugar glaze? Use this master scone recipe to build your gluten-free scones. It’s a recipe you’ll repeatedly enjoy, changing the flavor profile every... […]
I’m home now. I’m looking at the flea market couch I brought up from California; I had cushions made three times over the years till I got it just right. Now it’s just right. It’s been in my life 42 years. Tim has been in my life 34 years, but he had to be out of […]
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 […]
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… […]
We love this recipe, not only because it is easy and tasty, but because of it's excellent leftover possibilities. Green chile roast leftovers make great cold sandwiches or it can be torn apart and tucked (hot) into warm tortillas (with a little bit of the chile gravy & some pepperjack cheese?) It is one of […]
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 […]
Sorry I haven't updated in a while. It's harvest season. The berries, the mushrooms, all those other things wild and cultivated that my family picks and creates the jams, sauces, syrups and jellies we use through out the year and give to our friends. Also, I'm going to do something weird and give you the […]
All about women in science is the theme for the next session of Sitka Sprouts on Tuesday, March 28. To recognize and celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re going to be doing fun, engaging activities that focused on the work of … 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 […]
Overcast with occasional light rain. Temperatures in the 40s and breezy. I went out for a bit this afternoon. There were still plenty of gulls in the channel, but not on the Japonski Island side shore. I spent a few minutes scanning without spotting anything unusual. From Kerr Island pullout I saw whales in the […]
Mostly sunny, becoming overcast. Light raining begining this evening. Calm winds. I was not feeling too ambitious today. I did go out to Silver Bay. I didn’t see much action out there on the water. Snow has been shedding a bit on the slopes above treeline. Clouds were beginning to form over the mountains. I […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
So easy and delicious, and these freeze beautifully allowing you to bake them whenever you get a craving for them...Yield: 8 Hand PiesPrep: 20 Mins.Bake: 15 Mins. INGREDIENTS FILLING:1 TB salted butter1 TB all-purpose flour1 TB packed brown sugar1/2 cup water1/2 tsp vanilla extract1/2 teaspoon lemon juice1 tsp apple pie spice blend1 large honeycrisp apple, peeled, cored […]
It's imperative to let the flavors meld for a minimum of 12 hoursprior to cookingthis wonderful moose sausage...Yield: Four 2-1/2 lb. portions (total of 2 lbs.)Prep: 20 Mins.Cook Patties: 3-4 Mins per side (7-8 Mins total)Meld Flavors: 12 hours INGREDIENTS 2 pounds lean ground moose (venison or other meats and poultry work well too)1 tablespoon red wine […]