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...
Amidst a budget crisis University of Alaska leaders propose campus mergers. And, Oil company BP shares a digital program it uses to track worker health. Plus: an ecologist tries to crowd source information about fungi.
Today's selection -- from The Whole Equation by David Thomson. In the first half of the 20th century, Hollywood actors were governed by contracts with the major studios, which dictated their roles, their schedules, and their pay—leaving many to feel they were little more than "slaves" to the studio system. Only the most powerful stars […]
Today's encore selection -- from Achieving Our Country by Richard Rorty. John Dewey (1859-1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer; Walt Whitman (1819-1892) an American poet, essayist and journalist. Both hoped for a thoroughly secular "democracy" as a civic religion displacing conventional religion: "Whitman and Dewey were among the prophets of [an American] civic […]
The official death toll passed 100,000 in the United States today. We know its vastly under-counting in many ways. For example, pneumonia deaths in Florida this past month were recorded at five times the rate they were a year ago. The same is true all across the country. A number of dead, who were not […]
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...
Over the years, I’ve written many posts about point of view (POV). Several of my guest posters have added even more. But why is POV so important to understand? We might know that a character’s POV is about their voice or word choice, their thoughts or emotions. However, a strong POV is about more than […]
doing virtual early childhood parent-teacher conferences online did not feel natural but i give parents so much credit some went to elaborate lengths to find a space and time where their child wouldn’t find them so we could openly talk and share stories about how their child touched our hearts this year we talked to […]
As I’ve said, editing is one of the hardest parts of writing. It would be great if our first draft was the best and we never had to change a thing. Some people believe this is what it’s like and … Continue reading →
I’ve always been a homebody, but after having no choice but to stay at home, I’ve learned that I miss being able to come and go as I please – go being the operative word. I’ve learned to order groceries online and pick them up. What are all those people doing in Walmart? The parking […]
Dreams don't always turn out like we envision. It takes real courage to let go of those cloudy visions and embrace what we find in the light of day. This is a wonderful story about how to use our dreams like stars to travel by while still keeping our hearts open to life as it […]
Another list featuring things to do during stay-at-home time? I don't blame you if you're rolling your eyes. But, after doing some research, I've found that a lot of these curated lists rely heavily on two things: having someone else in your home with you and having the money to purchase all kinds of stuff […]
If you loved Lord of the Rings and, yes, even Stranger Things, The Letter for the King should be on your Netflix watch list.A young messenger. A secret mission. A kingdom in peril.Created by William Davies and FilmWave for Netflix Original programming, this fantasy series based on the Dutch novel De brief voor de Koning, […]
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’s featured images were taken in the Service Departments of car dealerships in Victoria, BC, Canada, between 1946 to ’48. The lead photo was taken in 1946 at the Service Department of Wilson and Cabeldu. The automobile is a pre-war Packard, and it is in the shop for an “in-the-chassis” engine overhaul. The mechanic doing...
The Bargain Fair opened in 1956 on the west side of the City at 2609 Venice Road on the western side of Sandusky, OH. It was a self-service, no-frills discount store handling a wide variety of inexpensive merchandise. The parking lot at the Bargain Fair is filled with an array of 1950s automobiles, including a...
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This is a YA book from, I believe, the 80s. It’s about a preteen (named Sunday or Sundae) whose mother gets her an agent, so she can audition for TV commercials. I remember that her signature look is a French … Continue reading →
A Favor for a Favor (All In book 2) by Helena Hunting Narrated by Erin Mallon and Jason Clarke Book 2 in a related Series. Can stand alone. Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy. (My reviews don’t reveal more than the blurb does. If you want a quick review, skip to the Down & Dirty) While A Lie […]
When people think of making good money choices, it is easy to think of things like saving money, cutting costs, paying off debts and investing in stocks and bonds; very rarely is the importance of making good investments in household items discussed or advised. No doubt, a home should be a safe haven and a place […]
Readers occasionally send me suggestions for furniture that they consider safe because they are free of flame retardants. Flame retardants are among the most harmful of chemicals found in traditional furniture but unfortunately, they are not the only chemicals of concern. Fire retardants became common additives to polyurethane foam used in furniture in response […]
Question from Kendall I have received a pair of eyeglass frames from Warby Parker (try at home option). I have multiple chemical sensitivities and can detect some kind of sanitizer/antibacterial residue on them–I imagine as a covid precaution. Do you have any recommendations for removing the sanitizer residue–I can smell and taste it. Lisa’s […]
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 […]
My pineapples are finally popping! Woohoo–what a great day to be a gardener! Not only have they sprouted, but look at these beauties. Beautifully formed to plump perfection beckoning my palate with their promise of juicy fruit. Remember when they were just tops in the ground? I posted this photo (shown below) back in July […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 29, 2020 is: assail \uh-SAIL\ verb 1 : to attack violently : assault 2 : to encounter, undertake, or confront energetically 3 : to oppose, challenge, or criticize harshly and forcefully 4 a : to trouble or afflict in a manner that threatens to overwhelm b […]
Second Life, the online game where people get together to role-play alternate digital lives, has long maintained a fully-functioning economy that players use to generate both virtual and real-world money. Naturally, because of this, its audience has replicated just about every aspect of our actual markets, including…Read more...
Reid McCarter on News, shared by Reid McCarter to The A.V. Club
There’s a lot of music out there. To help you cut through all the noise, every week The A.V. Club is rounding up A-Sides, five recent releases we think are worth your time. You can listen to these and more on our Spotify playlist, and if you like what you hear, we encourage you to […]
The A.V. Club on Music, shared by Alex McLevy to The A.V. Club
In the past few days, an alarming headline has made the rounds: “Half of Fox News viewers think Bill Gates is using pandemic to microchip them, survey suggests.” This idea is nonsense, of course, but coronavirus conspiracy theories have spread almost like the virus itself across the meticulously calibrated algorithmic…Read more...
Nathan Grayson on Kotaku, shared by Erik Adams to The A.V. Club
If one is forced to leave the comforts of college for a world that’s quite literally on fire, it’s nice to at least do so with a few laughs. Let’s give thanks, then, to Conan O’Brien and John Waters, two cultural treasures who both recently gave some excellent commencement speeches to 2020 graduates. Read more...
Randall Colburn on News, shared by Randall Colburn to The A.V. Club
Super simple, quick and easy with a very short ingredient list! SO GOOD, so comforting, and a sure hit with the entire family! Remember that homemade gnocchi I posted last month? Well, I promised you a “baked gnocchi recipe coming soon, smothered in marinara sauce, ground beef and all the cheese.” Well, here it is […]
This is truly the only way to prepare asparagus! Roasted perfectly until crisp-tender and served with a refreshing tarragon vinaigrette, soft-boiled eggs and freshly shaved Parmesan. Our Spring doesn’t feel exactly like spring time just yet here in Chicago. It’s cold – like 35 degrees, still wearing Uggs, a parka, and a beanie/gloves type cold. […]
I’m sure most of you will agree that as far as having things go wrong, COVID 19 takes the prize, but this week things got really crazy around here when the modem for my Internet service died. Considering we are still under stay home orders for the most part, that spelled disaster! I had no […]
I’ve given in to the call of spring and decided to share some green thumb secrets with you. I tried to resist spring’s siren call, but I couldn’t ignore neither the fragrant jasmine outside my kitchen window nor the soft evening breeze that brought with it the smell of roses. So I had a meeting […]
Picture of the day View of the ceiling of the main nave of the church and Monastery of St. Francis, Quito, Ecuador. The Roman Catholic temple, finalized in the 17th century, is the largest architetural ensemble among the historical structures of colonial Latin America. The church is also featured by the mixture of different architecture […]