Today's selection -- from The Rigor of Angels by William Egginton. The mysteries of one of the most important breakthroughs in physics--quantum mechanics: “For all its astonishing, mind-bending complexity--for all its blurry cats, entangled particles, buckyballs, and Bell's inequalities--quantum mechanics ultimately boils down to one core mystery. This mystery found its best expression in the […]
Today's selection -- from Once Upon a Time World by Jonathan Miles. In the late 1800s, the French Riviera became one of the most popular destinations for the world’s wealthiest people. One of those was James Gordon Bennett, the scandalous owner of New York's most successful newspaper, the New York Herald: “The wealthiest enclaves on […]
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 spend the summer working on the research project of the LDICP. Through their extensive research, massive databases of information on state statutes regarding the abuse of children have been created and will be posted here as their work is finalized. Here are...
on Live Write Thrive: Curiosity is the magic ingredient that keeps readers turning pages. The reader’s mind nudges them with unanswered questions, concerns about the character, and the unexpected plot twist. The reader becomes part of the adventure, laughing, crying, celebrating, and sometimes running for their lives. Recently, a writing client and I were editing […]
(the ever-elusive arizona road runner) arriving in arizona last night, phoenix today, on to sedona. — “then the wind blew cool through the pinyons on the rim. there was a sweet tang of cedar and sage on the air and that indefinable fragrance peculiar to the canyon country of arizona.” – zane grey […]
(This one is pretty simple. It was a short poem about the four moons of Windemere. They debuted in Legends of Windemere. I still have to stop and consider the season whenever I write night scenes. With each one being … Continue reading →
Firstly, some funnies foraged from the web from Debby Gies – D.G. Writes is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, social issues and book reviews. My thanks to Debby … 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 […]
As the child of Holocaust survivors and a World War II refugee herself, peace builder Georgette Bennett was stunned by the human toll and tragedy of the Syrian civil war. She got to work, bringing together historical enemies to build an aid pipeline from Israel to Syria -- a feat many considered impossible, but she […]
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.
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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 on all the earlier parts of this series here. The photos are via Kodachrome...
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 on all the earlier parts of this series here. The photos are via Americar.
The book was found on the shelf of my grade school library near the Boxcar Children and my best guess of pub date is 1960s to 1990s-early reader chapter book/ middle school reading level. In the first book of the series a young boy jumps from the roof of the family barn with homemade (airplane?) […]
Off The Grid (Full Throttle #1) by K. Bromberg First in a Formula 1 Series. Stands alone so far. If you know me, you know that Formula One Racing is the only sport I watch (and I’m a little obsessed) so I was begging for an author to write an F1 series. Yes, there is […]
August 19, 1932. The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. "The Navy airship Akron appeared in the morning and after circling the city released several of her small fighting airplanes over Hoover Field. These were later drawn into the hangar constructed on the interior of the airship." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full […]
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 […]
It's seventy years ago in Idyllic Larkspur™, where we find me (bottom left corner) with Bob, David, Bob, Jim, Jim, Margaret, Sandy, Donna, Rae Ann, Roberta, Virginia, Jerry, Buzzy, Fred, Gordy, Frances, Alice, Alice, Sheila, Mrs. Madeline Drew and others whose names I forget. This was taken within a month of losing nearly half our […]
In reply to TRX: 1910: Here we see the diminutive 181-foot Norwegian steamer Bodø, launched as the Xenia in 1894 at Bergen by Bergens Mekaniske Versteder for Bergh & Helland of that city. At 666 gross and 398 net tons, it was powered by a triple expansion steam engine supplied by a Scotch boiler. It […]
What are some of the first things to consider about living in Chicago? For some, it might be skyscrapers and pizza (both entirely valid), but for others, it might be … The post Where To Stay in Chicago for an Authentic Local Experience appeared first on Shopping Kim.
Microgreens seem to be all the rage these days and for good reason: they are packed with nutrients and easy to grow! The USDA and University of Maryland found that leaves from microgreens had more nutrients than the mature leaves of the same plants. And great flavor. Plus, you don’t need a lot of space […]
I’ve been growing cauliflower for years, but only recently did I learn this cauliflower growing tip from a farmer friend of mine. I was showing her my garden and she wrapped her hands around the leaves of my young cauliflower plants and folded them upward. “When your cauliflower begins to form a bud, pull your […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 21, 2023 is: regimen \REJ-uh-mun\ noun Regimen refers to a plan or set of rules about food, exercise, etc., designed to make someone become or stay healthy. // Sherry’s personal trainer at the gym started her on a workout regimen of 30 minutes on the treadmill […]
Ah, the un-renewal: Is there a more ignominious fate for a TV show, or its creators? You get the go-ahead to make more of your thing, get excited to plot out new storylines and character arcs, and then, whoops: Lucy pulls the corporate football away, and you go flying off into the miserable distance.Read more...
The saga of Oliver Anthony—the self-published recording artist who garnered national attention, mentions by major politicians, and a whole ton of YouTube views with his sudden breakout hit “Rich Men North Of Richmond”—has now taken a turn for the corporate, it seems. Deadline reports that Anthony (who’s hesitated to…Read more...
Although we have never, personally, spent millions of dollars and god knows how many hours of human creativity to make a Star Wars TV show—hey, fingers crossed for next year, though!—we have to assume that it’s probably pretty hard to do. Certainly, it seems like the sort of thing where, once you’ve done it, you’d like…Read […]
Today, it’s impossible to imagine David Fincher directing a superhero movie. Honestly, in 1994, it was kind of impossible, too. Considering the hell Fincher went through making Alien³, it seemed like he was done with franchise filmmaking entirely. But leave it to screenwriter David S. Goyer to reveal that he and…Read more...
Perfectly seasoned chicken baked to perfection on ONE SINGLE PAN! Serve in warm pitas for a quick weeknight meal! Who doesn’t love a good chicken sheet pan dinner? It’s quick, it’s fast, and there’s minimal clean up involved. And I for one love this shortcut gyro sheet pan dinner. The chicken is seasoned oh-so-perfectly with […]
Hands down THE BEST sloppy joes made from scratch! So saucy, so hearty. Serve in hamburger buns for a quick dinner! Let’s just say that sloppy joes aren’t just kid-friendly. They are 100% a family-favorite for EVERYONE including all grown-ups. I mean, saucy, tender ground beef goodness with a hint of sweetness served on toasted […]
During difficult times, we remain frozen in one place and moving seems almost impossible. We focus on what we can’t do rather than do something different, and yet changing directions may bring up new opportunities and open new doors. A needed change, a ‘turning point’ in a novel, a ‘momentum shift’ in tennis games, a […]
Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and 1st Armored Division conduct Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction System training at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air base in Romania, Nov. 10, 2022. (Sgt. Nicholas Goodman/U.S. Army).The US military’s force posture in Europe will remain the same. The post 101st and 82nd Airborne Division soldiers headed to Eastern […]
Soldiers from the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, deliberately detonate a known roadside bomb trigger point near Qedar, north of Baghdad, Iraq. (Sgt. John Crosby/U.S. Army).Once triggered, an EFP turns a copper or steel warhead into a molten projectile that can punch through the main armor of almost any vehicle in the […]
Not much got done yesterday, Monday. I did do some riding at the Great Sand Dunes NP after a decent sunrise:As I'm waiting on Martha's arrival to tackle the sand dunes, I didn't do any dune climbing/hiking. The light was very flat too so no further pics of the dunes for Monday:The weather turned overcast […]
Sunday, September 17A good day of riding today. I left camp shortly before 9AM and rode in brisk mid-40s temperatures the 20 miles or so to the trailhead within the Great Sand Dunes NP.The sun was out, and kept things warm enough, especially once I started moving under 25 mph due to the conditions of […]
According to numerous recent polls, Americans believe the economy is in bad shape and don’t trust President Biden to manage it.In response, the president’s supporters have been arguing strenuously that the gloom is mistaken because in fact the economy is doing well—“extremely well,” according to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman; “astoundingly” well and “better than any other […]
If you care about privacy, please stop referring to "privacy advocates." This reflexive phrase implies that certain individuals are trying to increase privacy or otherwise change the status quo--an uphill battle regardless of the issue at hand because most people instinctively distrust and even fear change.In fact, privacy is under increasing assault by government and […]
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 […]
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 […]
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Jennie Flaming recently completed a road trip from Fairbanks to the Arctic Ocean in Tuktoyaktuk, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. This is her report. I have done a lot ... The post On the Road to Tuktoyaktuk appeared first on Alaska Travelgram.
Devil’s Club is a common wild plant in Alaska that’s large & covered in hidden sharp thorns, growing everywhere from remote forests to even well-groomed Anchorage city trails. Just because you’re “in town” doesn’t mean you won’t run into devil’s club. It’s smart to stay on the trails, particularly if you’re not confident spotting it. […]
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 […]
Sugar-free pumpkin spice creamer is a flavorful and healthy alternative to traditional store-bought pumpkin spice creamer loaded with sugar, corn syrup, and artificial flavor. Made with natural ingredients, like real pumpkin puree, this healthier recipe offers a creamy texture and a delicious blend of fall spices. Now, you can enjoy the taste of a pumpkin... […]
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 […]
Canadians target sales of Alaska salmon Stealing a page from the playbook Alaska commercial salmon fishermen and some environmental groups used in an effort to kill net-pen salmon farming more than a […]
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… […]
I kid you not, these chicken thighs are the BEST of the BEST and quick and easy to make. They are SUPER moist, SUPER tender and SUPER flavorful. We couldn't stop eating them and they are going straight to the TOP of my FIVE STAR recipe list. 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (thawed) Milk to cover 1/4 cup melted butter […]
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 […]
Oh that's a mess isn't it? It's also very delicious. See, for the Amazing Turnip Girl's birthday, being in July, we do either ice box cakes or ice cream treats. This year has been well, interesting. To say the absolute least. She asked for a "Twinkie Cherry Cheesecake". And I was going to give her whatever she wanted. So […]
All about salmon is the theme for the next session of Sitka Sprouts on Tuesday, Sept. 19, which is the program’s first after a summer break. According to Science Education Coordinator Kari Paustian, “We’ll have a bunch of cool salmon-themed … 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 […]
Download Radio Show The August 13th show featured a conversation with Starling Birch, videographer and mountain adventurer. We talked about the pleasure and pain of adventuring into the mountains. We also considered the motivations that drive us to put ourselves in often unpleasant and potentially regretful circumstances when exploring the challenging landscape that surrounds us […]
Download Radio Show The July 30th show featured a conversation with Derek Sikes, curator of insects at the Museum of the North and Professor of entomology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. We spoke about bug camps, collecting, more generally about terrestrial arthropods in Alaska, and some particular questions of current interest. If you have […]
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 […]
My husband loves this cakeso much he had two pieces 'after' eating lunch...Ingredients2 Eggs1 ½ cup Canola Oil2 cups Granulated Sugar3 cups A-P Flour2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon½ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg½ teaspoon Kosher Salt1 ½ teaspoons Baking Soda4 cups Chopped Apples (peeled and cored): measure after chopping1 cup chopped Pecans: measure after chopping1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract⅔ […]