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 selection -- from The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. Acclaimed Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, on the verge of her affair as a nineteen-year-old with the much older and very married Harrison Ford: "I am someone who wants very much to be popular. I don't just want you to like me, I want to be […]
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 […]
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...
on Just Publishing Advice: It is disheartening when you believe no one reads your writing, and it can lead to self-doubt, lack of motivation, or even quitting. Writing is a challenging art that requires a lot of dedication, creativity, and effort. You need passion and commitment, but sometimes you might get the feeling that it’s […]
https://youtu.be/4VdMdboymT8 (if you have 2 minutes, watch the above scene from ‘take the money and run,’ what i consider to be woody allen’s funniest film of all time, to get in the proper mindset for a recent local story. ) — accused bank robber allegedly passed notes to tellers on the back of his paycheck […]
Oh man . . . This week definitely felt like I got strapped into a roller coaster with duct tape and it went haywire. Can’t even say I hit the ground running. I definitely hit the ground, but more of … Continue reading →
Some more poetry and flash fiction from one of my collections. Although we are heading into Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, here is a reminder of the changing seasons and crab apples. Sally Cronin – Smorgasbord Blog Magazine · … 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 […]
When we acheive anything in life, we is the operative word. We are supported by the life choices and dreams of others. Kris Bowers, a virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer, recounts the collective story of his family. His 91-year-old grandfather traces their shared choices and dreams from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney […]
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.
On one of my New Year's posts, I stated that I had only 1 New Year's Resolution aka Goal aka Challenge.Every day I just want to be happy to be here.Almost 3 months have passed so I thought I'd share some thoughts on my be happy to be here goal.To be candid, I chose that goal […]
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’m afraid I don’t have a lot of details in trying to identify this book, but here’s what I’ve got: It was a young adult book that came out in the early to mid-‘80s – I want to say no later than 1985. It was told first person from the view of a teenaged girl […]
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 […]
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 All Lit Up: 1910: Smith's double chairs appear to be simply the famous Atlantic City rolling chairs for two. We know the exact date they were introduced there: June 11, 1887. TripAdvisor says that that 50-cent ride will cost you about $40 today.
In reply to State Street: 1910: of the "Seven Sisters" of Chicago Retailing - Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. - Mandel Bros - Boston Store fronted on this, The World's Busiest Corner (The Fair, Rothshild's, and Sigel-Cooper lie behind, while Marshall Field lies a block ahead) Today, while it isn't quite so quiet that "you […]
Video games have come a long way and so have their prices. For well over a decade, video game prices were maxed out at 60 dollars, which, for many gamers … The post The Reason Why New Games Cost $70 Now 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 April 1, 2023 is: shenanigans \shuh-NA-nih-guns\ plural noun Shenanigans is an informal word used to refer to mischievous or bold activity or behavior, or to dishonest or questionable practices or conduct. Its oldest meaning, and the one most likely to be encountered as the singular shenanigan, is […]
Earlier today, we were talking about the traditional April Fool’s day pranks, which tend to range from genuinely irritating to “Actually kind of clever and cool!” Every once in a while, though, you get the best kind of pranks: The ones that actually make something new, or at least as-yet-unseen, and then surprises…Read more...
Today is April 1, the one day out of every year where the standards of rigorous fact-checking on the internet are relaxed, and we all have a little fun telling some funny lies—sometimes labeled “pranks”—for the simple delights of others. Whereas every other day of our existence is a stolid and honest exploration of…Read more...
HBO Max might be inviting Stephen King fans back to Derry, Maine, soon, but don’t expect Bill Skarsgård to be there with the welcome wagon. The Pennywise actor, who played the part in both of Andy Muschietti’s film adaptations of It, has confirmed that he has no current plans to reprise the role of King’s […]
One and a half years after the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the low-budget Western Rust, the first conviction has been handed down in the criminal investigations into the incident. Specifically, Variety reports that David Halls, 1st assistant director on the film, has formalized a plea deal…Read more...
Visit the Island of Phuket When I was still at University preparing for a Ph. D. in Analytical Chemistry I became a good friend with Tumany, a graduate student from Bangkok, Thailand. She talked daily about her home town, its history and many treasures. When she offered to have her brother act as our guide, […]
Speaking bedtime affirmations can be life changing. This practice fosters positive-thinking and self-empowerment. Developing a positive mental attitude can help you achieve success in life, in love, in…anything. When we sleep, our conscious mind takes a break and our subconscious mind takes over. Our subconscious mind is powerful and influential. Bedtime is the perfect time […]
The objective when I started the ride on my TW200, Yagi, was to ride to the American Girl Mine to see what was there. The mine was a source of gold back in the day.According to Google maps it was 1.8 mi from my campsite so what the hell, why not?What I found was that […]
Sunny and warm today, light breezes and high temperatures in the low 70s, basically ideal weather.I took Yagi, my recently repaired TW200 motorcycle out for a test ride. She sounded good, no loud tapping noises anymore and her usual peppy performance is back!I really lucked out, finding that missing lock nut for the intake valve's […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Mostly cloudy, sun broke through occasionally. Temperatures in the 40s, breezy out of the north. I went for a drive out the road this afternoon. 95 Barrow’s Goldeneye at the mouth of Starrigavan Creek were the most I’ve seen this year. It could be some have come from further south, or maybe they’re moving around […]
Clear. Frosty overnight with temperatures in the 40s. Becoming breezier as the day progressed. The tide has been trending well below predicted. After a call this morning I went to Little Magic Island to check the tidepools. I forgot my light which limited what I could try and photograph, especially when I realized the camera […]
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 […]
Picture of the day Detail of the head of a Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii), Lobos Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. The blue-footed booby is a long-winged seabird with a wingspan of up to 1.5 m (4.9 ft). The species is 90 cm (35 in) high and is easily recognizable by its distinctive bright blue feet. Although the blue-footed boobies are […]