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...
Billy Crumm, owner of Elite Sports Performance in Anchorage, says even when the gym is allowed to open to 100 percent capacity, their class sizes will stay smaller and they’ll keep other measures in place for the foreseeable future, too.
Today's selection -- from Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter by Tom Clavin. In the 1870s, Buffalo Bill Cody had opened a new play called Scouts of the Plains to take advantage of Easterners' fascination with the exploits of the frontier. One of the characters in the play was Wild […]
Today's selection -- from Thunderstruck by Erik Larson. Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) invents wireless communication: "The idea arrived in the most prosaic of ways. In the summer of 1894, when [Marconi] was twenty years old ... he happened to acquire a copy of a journal called Il Nuovo Cimento, in which he read an obituary of Heinrich Hertz [the discoverer […]
Humans beings once crowded men, women and children, including newborns, into gas chambers by the hundreds and killed them. Again and again and again. That is a fact. It happened. Those humans who did that were not from another species or a breed apart. Human history is full of people who have done, and are […]
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...
One of my personal writing issues is I tend to pack my books and stories with way too many characters. If a fascinating person walks into one of my stories, I feel it would be rude not to let them join the party. I suppose my inner Manners Doctor takes over. 🙂 This drives my […]
Most people feel that this is an inevitable trial. You finish the first draft and know that it isn’t where it should be. Why would it? You were still discovering the story as you went even with your detailed outline. … Continue reading →
A full post from D.G. Kaye with her Writer’s Links.. including the following: Writer’s Tips – #Blogging Tips, #Scam Alerts, #Editing, Show and Tell May 22, 2020 Welcome to this edition of Writer’s Tips where I collect and curate articles … 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 […]
With spectacular visual images, this film reminds us of the necessity of connecting with the sacred in everyday life. It honors the sacred through sensory feelings of connection, with both the vast expanses such as mountain tops and waterfalls, and with the single dandelion sending its seeds into the future. This connection is further enhanced […]
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 […]
Do you meditate? Despite my best intentions, I never make the time to do so.My daughter does, and I often joke that I try, but I fall asleep every time.I have as much stress, or maybe more, than most people so I decided to make an effort and try guided meditation. YouTube has some good […]
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 lead image taken with a flash about sixty years ago is a view of a porte-cochère in front of a hotel lobby at an unknown location, although there are enough clues in the image to home in on the area where the photo was shot. Share with us what you find of interest in...
Today’s featured image contains either a Douglas DC-2 or a DC-3 taking off or coming in for a landing at the Hoover Field located in Arlington, VA. While the airfield was in operation (1925 to ’41,) it was considered to be one of the most dangerous flying fields in the country. Military Rd., visible in...
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I read this book in the late 1980s, and really enjoyed it, despite finding his wife slightly infuriating. The story started in the 1960s, and went through to the 1970s. On his first date at a diner with his (red … 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 […]
A bright and sunny New Year's Day 1960 found me walking along Grand Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri. I snapped this photo because three days later the streetcars would cease running, owing to the closing of a nearby viaduct for replacement. The Fox Theater in the background, opened in 1929, fared a little better, lasting […]
In reply to The Old Met: 1905: You can read the history of this lovely house here: http://www.nypap.org/preservation-history/old-metropolitan-opera-house/ The Opera wanted to make sure that no competing opera company moved in after the Met left for Lincoln Center.
In reply to The Old Met: 1905: My parents were not opera people but they were friends with folks who were. Through them they were able to attend the closing gala event held in the Old Met in 1966. It was their first (and obviously last) visit. I remember the night because I'd never seen […]
There are countless ways you can earn money online from home. In comparison to a decade ago, the number of opportunities available for online ventures is many magnitudes higher. Today, you can build new online businesses either from scratch or through using a range of existing platforms such as Amazon. If you’re wondering about some […]
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 […]
Question from Jesse Curious if you could post thoughts on non toxic Coronavirus related home cleaning. Specifically, I’ve read conflicting reports about in home UVC air sanitizers and wands (particularly if they are safe to use around people, pets, kids). Lisa’s Answer The concerns around the technology is that they can cause harm to […]
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 25, 2020 is: instigate \IN-stuh-gayt\ verb : to goad or urge forward : provoke Examples: "The big thing about effective advertising is that it uses data effectively to instigate behavior." — Nicole Ortiz, Adweek, 14 Apr. 2020 "In his usual genuine and silly fashion, [Chris] Martin […]
This year’s Memorial Day is mainly be marked by what it lacks—but it shouldn’t be devoid of entertainment. A long weekend with nothing interesting to do or any interesting people to see is the perfect time to dig into all the great podcasts you haven’t gotten around to yet. This week on Podmass, we present […]
Marnie Shure, Morgan McNaught, Benjamin Cannon, Dan Neilan, Elena Fernández Collins, and Craig D. Lindsey on AUX, shared by Marnie Shure to The A.V. Club
Stargirl is part of a long history of shows that use their genre premises to comment on the realities of high school. Buffy The Vampire Slayer is the most famous example and maybe Stargirl’s biggest point of inspiration, but you can also see shades of everything from Smallville to X-Men: Evolution. Yet because …Read more...
Caroline Siede on TV Club, shared by Caroline Siede to The A.V. Club
Throughout her life, Maggie Krause, the protagonist of Ilana Masad’s ambitious, cinematic debut novel, All My Mother’s Lovers, has been shaped by her mother, Iris, despite her best efforts to resist. Like her mother, Maggie has a hard time with commitment, in part tied back to Iris’ absences during long work trips…Read more...
Joshunda Sanders on AUX, shared by Joshunda Sanders to The A.V. Club
Today is Memorial Day, the day when Americans get the day off of work so they can spend some time solemnly honoring people in the military who have died. Generally, this is accomplished by barely acknowledging the military at all and instead having barbecues with family and enjoying some warm weather, but this year is…Read […]
Sam Barsanti on News, shared by Sam Barsanti 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’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 […]
We’ve arrived. It’s May! Hopefully, those April showers bring us May flowers. I am looking forward to everything blooming. It can be difficult to see the BEAUTY in the world right now, and yet, it is there. Here are a few beautiful things that have stood out to me recently: Mother’s Day certainly was different, […]
“I tell military service members all the time, what they are experiencing now, the friendship, there’s no occupation in their life that they will go to where they will ever experience that relationship again."
Picture of the day Winged altar at the pilgrimage church St. Wolfgang ob Grades, municipality of Metnitz, Carinthia, Austria. Shrine statues by an anonymous master probably of the elder Villach Workshop, 1490; reliefs and arrangement by the younger Villach Workshop, around 1520.