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...
The Anchorage School District outlines its plan for fall. And, a small commuter airline in Southern California- with some Alaska experience- will revive Ravn. Plus, pandemic challenges forced a Sitka farmers market to adapt, but it continues to operate in part to address food insecurity caused by the pandemic:
Today's encore selection -- from Edward Hopper by Gail Levin. Edward Hopper was one of America's greatest painters. He was able to masterfully convey powerful emotions through genuinely American landscapes and scenes that were simple, stark and spare. Among those themes most often recurring in his work were disenchantment, solitude and eros: "When he wanted […]
Today's selection -- from Spooky Action at a Distance by George Musser. Jenann Ismael on the idea that physical locality may not be the deepest level of reality. "One of the strangest aspects of quantum physics is entanglement: If you observe a particle in one place, another particle -- even one light-years away -- will instantly change […]
Wildfires can be devastating. They’ve wiped out entire communities. They can occur in many different places. They’re fast, often over-running those who wait too long to flee. They push a wall of heat far ahead of the flames that is deadly. How do you prepare for and deal with it? Over 30 free survival slideshows […]
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...
“I’m not a bestselling author, I’m just a ‘nobody’ who uses storytelling to encourage others to find their purpose and save their souls.” Hello, my name is Chiara Talluto. I’m a wife, busy mom, author, and a woman after God’s heart. As I ponder this declaration, I find it more appropriate to claim that I […]
oh, audrey, class of 2020 – this harkens back to my days in the 70s painting on my best friend’s parents’ new car (my parents said absolutely not) proudly plastering on the glory of our days in school the coming glory of our leaving driving around all day in the hot sun noticing with surprise […]
(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 →
Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore where I share recent reviews for authors on the shelves. The first author with a recent review is Olga Nunez Miret – for her contemporary novel – You’re Never Too … 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 […]
Empathy and sympathy are not just two different approaches to confronting the emotional challenges of others; they are diametrically opposite responses in many important ways. Sympathy places another's problems at a distance from us, places us in a position of superiority, and "drives separation", says the film's narrator, Dr. Brené Brown. Empathy, on the other […]
Throughout the years of working on Positively Present, I've discovered that one of the most essential aspects of living a positive and present life is this: keeping an open mind. This sounds much easier than it is, so I created a digital workbook to explore what I believe are the necessary steps needed to truly […]
Image by Arno Hartmann from PixabayI'm as busy as a bee today. I'm not making honey but writing publishing contracts.As soon as I told someone I was "as busy as a bee" I wondered what the origin of that expression is.To my surprise there was a definitive source.It's from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, (the Squire's Tale), […]
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 […]
Reminiscent of the popular head-on steam locomotive crashes of the period, this staged “Auto Wreck” was a big attraction at the 1918 Fresno Fair. Now known as the “Big Fresno Fair,” the fifth largest fair in California, its roots can be traced back to 1884. Banking on the strong Kaiser Wilhelm II and anti-German attitude prevalent in the...
Two of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definitions of hack: “to cut or sever with repeated irregular or unskillful blows” – “to cut or shape by or as if by crude or ruthless strokes.” Today we feature what we believe (correct us if we are wrong) originally was a 1930s Model “J” Duesenberg with a roadster body...
Stock footage might not sound too sexy or fun, but hear me out, because this is an easy one to start and doesn’t require any start up funding. In fact, you can start with your smartphone camera. Ready? You Ready Are You Ready GIF from Youready GIFs What is stock footage and how does […]
Caitlin Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org[/private role] I have been trying to figure out the name of a book I used to rent from a library in RI with my grandmother when I was young. It was about a little girl (I think … Continue reading →
Pike and Pawn (The Pawn Duet) by T.M. Frazier Gritty Contemporary Romance with Anti-Hero Can stand alone as a duet, but MUCH better if you read the whole King Series first. “Logan’s Beach. It’s a town made up of equal parts sand and sadists. Beach and blood. Saltwater and sins. Canals and chaos.” Oh how […]
My mother Judy (on the left) hams it up with her best friend Bobbie at the New York Historical Society in 1951. It was Mom's first job after graduating from college. The picture appears to have been taken professionally, as there are others from the same shoot. Not sure what the intended use was. NYHS […]
In reply to Splendor in the Grass: 1942: I had to study this to mentally attach the random idle hands to the correct arms belonging to the couple in the foreground. It was a challenge; at first I thought they'd brought Thing Addams along just for kicks and giggles.
In reply to Our Treasures: 1941: What a unique and creative idea for a Fourth of July float ... darling tykes spilling out of a treasure chest. Just weeks before Pearl Harbor and America's entrance into WWII. And the little guy with his back to the camera, holding the lid, seeming to embody every American […]
Looking to make a diamond purchase on a budget? Don't worry, you're not alone! Diamonds can be expensive, but they're also perfect stones for any jewelry piece. That said, it's not impossible to save big on a new diamond stone. Here's everything you need to know about how to save money on diamonds. Buy Online […]
Last week I wrote about the toxicity of silicone and revealed that while research is still limited, studies show that silicone does leach potentially harmful chemicals into food, particularly at temperatures above 300°. Following the precautionary principle, I recommend avoiding cooking and baking with silicone. What Do I Buy to Replace my Silicone Bakeware? […]
Silicones are made from silicon, a naturally-occurring element that is abundant in sand. However, in order to make silicon available for industrial processes, it’s heated to very high temperatures and reacted with fossil-fuel derived hydrocarbons.1 This may explain why some people who are sensitive to petrochemicals may react to silicones. In order to make […]
The African winds are blowing Sahara desert dust across the Atlantic Ocean to the shores of the United States. Some see this as a terrible nuisance. Some see it as a health risk (which it definitely can be). Others–like me–see this as a garden gift from the heavens. Or universe. Why? Because the dust blowing […]
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 […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 9, 2020 is: bromide \BROH-myde\ noun 1 : a binary compound of bromine with another element or a radical including some (such as potassium bromide) used as sedatives 2 a : a commonplace or tiresome person : bore b : a commonplace or hackneyed statement or […]
Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend?Read more...
Alex McLevy on Games, shared by Alex McLevy to The A.V. Club
Authorities have set sobering expectations for how the search for Naya Rivera will end. In a statement released Thursday evening, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department—who have been searching for the former Glee star since she was reported missing Wednesday after spending the day swimming in Southern California’s…Read more...
Patrick Gomez on News, shared by Patrick Gomez to The A.V. Club
Hulu has released the teaser trailer for Lamorne Morris’ Woke, a brand new comedy that will begin streaming in September. Based on a true story from artist and musician Keith Knight, the New Girl alum will star as Keef, a Black cartoonist on the cusp of mainstream success. Not one to shake the political table, […]
Shannon Miller on News, shared by Shannon Miller to The A.V. Club
FOOL-PROOF and only 4-ingredients! So hearty and rustic with the most amazing crust + fluffy, soft, chewy inside. Seriously, SO GOOD. Guys, please say hello to my COVID baby. Yes, that’s exactly right. My bread baby. My bread baby I made every single week starting in March. My first loaf was…well, it wasn’t the prettiest […]
Everyone’s favorite Swedish meatballs with pasta noodles tossed right into that cream sauce goodness. So heavenly, so good. Is there anything better than Swedish meatballs? The answer to that is yes. And that is Swedish meatballs with perfectly cooked elbow macaroni stirred into that heavenly cream sauce gravy. I know. It’s mind-blowingly-fantastic. Now if elbow […]
So, the pandemic is still a thing. Christopher and I both work from home as writers and June 1st we each finished big projects. The state of the world has emphasized how important family is and we needed to safely lay eyes on our loved ones. June 15th we embarked on a road trip toward […]
Life goes on, but it’s not exactly the same. In normal times, I alternately call my husband Mr. Travel or Mr. Restaurant. Traveling and eating out are two of his favorite activities, but we’re not doing either at the moment. And every conference I was going to attend has been canceled. That leaves the focus […]