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...
Today's encore selection -- from Gulp by Mary Roach. In the early 1900s, Horace Fletcher convinced many Americans and Europeans to chew their food until it became almost liquid, which usually involved hundreds of "mastications" per bite: "What amazes me [about Horace Fletcher] is the degree to which he was taken seriously. "Fletcher was the […]
Today's selection -- from Cosmos: Possible Worlds by Ann Druyan. The first proto-city: "Welcome to one of the mothers of all cities, Çatalhöyük, a community on the Anatolian plane that is now part of Turkey. ... [Nine thousand] years ago ... Çatalhöyük consisted of attached dwellings covering 33 acres. ... The city was so new back […]
For over three years we’ve been subjected a nonstop barrage of “alternate facts”. In essence, an alternate reality as envisioned in the mind of the president and echoed by his sycophants. Every time it doesn’t seem it can get worse, it does. The strange thing is that none of what he does is secret. He’s […]
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...
Helping Writers become Authors: Editing your novel can bring a host of its own challenges, concerns, and questions. Many of those questions are ultimately the same questions you ask when writing: How to properly structure a story? How to create a strong character arc? How to write a sentence that makes sense? But some of […]
(Previously on Immortal Wars.) (Again, we shall revel in my teenage originality. Everyone groan in unison.) Disclaimer: Immortal Wars was the book I came up with and wrote in high school. I hadn’t even hit college by the time I wrote the … Continue reading →
Firstly, with the results of sleuthing on the Internet are some funnies from Debby Gies followed by some jokes from Sally. D.G. Writes is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, … 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 […]
This past Saturday night I was waiting for Darling Hubby to come home from our house in the country.I'd finished my writing and was flipping through Netflix and Prime Video, looking for some mindless entertainment.On Prime Video, I came across County Line, starring Tom Wopat, Jeff Fahey, Patricia Richardson, Grant Goodeve, and Abbi Butler.About County LineWhen […]
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 […]
Pismo Beach is located one-hundred and seventy-five miles north of Los Angeles, California, in San Luis Obispo County, which is in the Central Coast area of the state. Due to an abundance of clams on the long and wide beach, it was named “The Clam Capital of the World” in the 1950s, not long after...
Motor Tires Inc. opened this new Goodyear tire store at West 2nd Street and South La Brea Avenue, in Los Angeles, CA, in 1931. At the time, many of the Goodyear tire operations in the area that offered gasoline displayed one of the Company’s Blimp symbols over the gas pump island. The Goodyear Tire and...
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I am looking for a children’s mystery book about several siblings who are spending the summer in an old house and find several paintings hidden in the house by a deceased but famous painter. It seems as though their grandmother … Continue reading →
New Kindle and Audiobook Releases, Sales and Freebies Updated almost daily Are you in our FB Group, Ana’s Attic After Dark? It’s June. School is over, but that hasn’t made any difference here. I had gotten my reading mojo back before the protests began, but I am back to being glued to the TV and […]
In reply to Whitefish Bay: 1904: The fishing vessel seen here appears to be an example of -- or at least a close approximation of -- the ubiquitous 19th-century Whitehall pulling boats once commonly seen in taxi or delivery service in every North American or English harbor. Still offered today by numerous specialty builders in […]
In reply to Albany Armory: 1905: The three lines are transmission lines for electricity at high voltage. Many utilities have relocated distribution lines (those that provide electricity to consumers) to underground conduits.
If you follow this handy guide to selling your home, it should help you to speed the process along. However, a lot of people struggle to sell their home because they don’t set it up right before viewings. Home staging is so important because you need to make sure that you are showing off all […]
A reader submitted a question to Toxic Free Q&A about how to minimize lingering odor from zero-VOC paint. Andy Pace, from The Green Design Center, wrote in with a comment that was so helpful I want to share it with everyone. According to Andy, “Lingering odor is almost always caused by moisture trapped in […]
Question from Marilyn I’m planning to redo a bathroom with an open shower. The contractor tells me it involves some kind of hot tar layer to make the floor water proof before laying tile. Do you know of a non-toxic option that meets California code? Lisa’s Answer I am not familiar with California code so […]
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 June 4, 2020 is: posture \PAHSS-cher\ verb 1 : to cause to assume a given posture : pose 2 : to assume a posture; especially : to strike a pose for effect 3 : to assume an artificial or pretended attitude : attitudinize Examples: "During the rut, grabbing […]
Scott Adams, most notable for creating Dilbert, The Dilbertito, and a septic tank explosion’s worth of pop psychology articles about Donald Trump’s political genius, believes he’s figured out why so many people are out in the streets right now.Read more...
Reid McCarter on News, shared by Reid McCarter to The A.V. Club
Trump goons are a dime a dozen these days, and they’re desperate for those dimes. This, incidentally, makes it difficult to figure out which kind of MAGA chud is shittier—the true believers, or the nihilists in it for the grift. That’s something to ponder as we watch this video of Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former…Read more...
Andrew Paul on News, shared by Andrew Paul to The A.V. Club
During the second half of his impassioned speech at a U.K. Black Lives Matter protest, John Boyega acknowledged a risk that many other marginalized performers face when they speak candidly about racism and discrimination. “Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but fuck that,” Boyega said firmly…Read more...
Shannon Miller on News, shared by Shannon Miller to The A.V. Club
Every day, Twitter suspends or bans accounts due to all manner of violations, from harassment to threat of physical violence to hate speech. Donald Trump has repeatedly engaged in all three, but—for some strange reason—hasn’t suffered nearly any of the same repercussions. Well, earlier this week, someone on Twitter…Read more...
Andrew Paul on News, shared by Andrew Paul 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. […]
Last year, I received a Save The Date card for a huge destination wedding of a family member that was to take place this month. But then COVID-19 hit our country hard and large gatherings were prohibited. The bride and groom have decided to postpone their wedding until 2021. This young couple are going to […]
My handsome son traveled from his home in New York State to help this old prune transfer data from her old computer to a new one – for those of you who’ve heard Mack the KnifeI, I had Mac the Dinosaur, and it had to go. My family and I had been careful about social […]
President Donald Trump's Pentagon chief shot down his idea of using troops to quell protests Wednesday but then reversed course on pulling part of the 82nd Airborne Division off standby in an extraordinary clash between the U.S. military and its commander in chief
The Army will likely end up spending upwards of $1.57 billion to develop a replacement for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle that's served the U.S. military for nearly four decades, according to a new assessment from the Government Accountability Office — and that's just for a fleet of 28 prototypes
Picture of the day Long exposure of the Seattle Great Wheel, Elliott Bay, Seattle, Washington, USA. The giant Ferris wheel is 175 feet (53.3 m) high and was the tallest Ferris wheel on the West Coast of the United States when it was inaugurated in June 2012.