August 20, 2021 No. 21-24 JUNEAU, Alaska — July’s job count was up 5.8 percent from July 2020, an increase of 17,700 but still 30,100 below July 2019 levels. Industries hit hardest last year grew the most, although few have reached their pre-pandemic employment levels. Leisure and hospitality was up...
Today's selection -- from Don't Know Much About History by Kenneth C. Davis. Today is the anniversary of the vote to approve the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution was a radical document in its day. One of the founding principles, "that the government of the United States exists to serve the people, not the people […]
Today's encore selection -- 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann. Native Americans systematically used large-scale fires to transform the American landscape in the centuries before European dominance of the continent:"Adriaen van der Donck was a Dutch lawyer who in 1641 transplanted himself to the Hudson River Valley. ... He […]
I’ve been in Tennessee a while now and never really thought about the state’s name. I assumed it was Native American, but figured it might mean “Lots of Rocks” or “Hilly on one end, flat on the other”. I was on a All Who Wander wander the other day in the Jeep. I have two […]
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...
russian festival day a little taste of everything lots and lots of happy dancing traditions, tea, wine, beer, language, music, religion, art, history loved experiencing this culture the people so passionate about it and all so new to me. — “a nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” -mahatma […]
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 […]
The ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest are home to giant old-growth trees, and many secrets, which science is just beginning to understand. These forests are our best climate change allies, storing huge amounts of carbon and retaining water, protecting communities from droughts, floods, and wildfires. But these forests are at risk of disappearing. In British […]
Yesterday my neighbors, who have lived across the hall from me for years, moved out unexpectedly. People move in and out all the time where I live, but something about… The post Do You Really Love It? appeared first on Positively Present - Dani DiPirro.
Paraphrashing Mark Twain who once said the difference between the right word and a similar word is like the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.I was thinking about that last night after working through my clogged up Inbox. One email was the Merriam-Webster Word of the Day for August 1 of this year.Pulchritude.That was […]
Montreal poet, analyst, writer, and World United Music creator, Stewart F. Brennan; combines his memoirs, poetry, and political commentary in this masterpiece weaving together the experiences, impressions and observations made during the economic decline of North America between 1970 and 2021. - Book now on sale at Amazon Link to book in CanadaLink to Book in UKAbout […]
"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 […]
In 1896 beef cattle, and ranching interests in Forth Worth, TX, began the Texas Stock Show to promote the cattle industry in the City. Later in 1901, the name was changed to the Texas Fat Stock Show, and in 1918 the Rodeo was added to stir up interest. In 1987 the name was changed again...
For the fun and enjoyment of our readers being able to join in and solve mysteries, in this weekly Friday series, we ask you to tell us the year, make, and model of all of these vehicles, along with the location of each scene. You can look back on over three hundred of the earlier...
Stock footage might not sound too sexy or fun, but 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 it work? Stock footage […]
I'm writing with a book stumper request. I checked out this book from the Evanston Public Library in Evanston, IL sometime between 1994 and 1999. It is an adult fiction book with a thief as the narrator. I remember it … Continue reading →
Wrecked Palace (The Wrecked Series Book 3) by Catherine Cowles Narrated by Ava Erickson and Joe Arden Emotional Romance. Third in a series but can stand alone. The Wrecked Series by Catherine Cowles just keeps getting better! I listened to Wrecked Palace last spring and because I was on hiatus, never reviewed it, but I […]
Fort Dix, 1917. That's my 5'2" grandfather prior to being shipped over to France as part of the Allied Expedition Force. While there, he won a boxing medal and was subsequently caught in a mustard gas attack. He lived for another 52 years with seared lungs and had to expectorate into the ever-present paper sack […]
Last updated on September 17, 2021 Did you know that over 1.2 billion pairs of blue jeans are sold around the world each … Stores to Buy Now Pay Later Jeans Read More » The post Stores to Buy Now Pay Later Jeans appeared first on Shopping Kim.
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Upon first inspection of this photo, you might be wondering if I’ve lost my mind. The tomato hornworm is not a beneficial in your garden. They can do extreme damage to tomato, pepper and eggplants in a matter of hours, destroying en entire plant within days. Definitely not good, especially when you’ve been salivating over […]
Back to school means back to the school garden–at least in my community, it does. And how fortunate are we? Not only do we have school gardens, we can garden year round due to the fabulous climate of Central Florida. However, while fruits and vegetables are fun to grow, so are regular plants. Particularly succulents. […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 20, 2021 is: collude \kuh-LOOD\ verb Collude means "to conspire or plot." // The two companies had colluded to keep prices high. See the entry > Examples: "Seven … maintenance managers were federally charged … with bilking the transit agency out of hundreds of thousands of […]
The 2021 Emmys will be remembered as the year when The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit helped Netflix cement its reign over the television kingdom, Conan O’Brien proved you can make great TV while not winning awards for making great TV, and someone in the writers’ room thought there were still a few more laughs to […]
The actor: From the moment he sauntered into Withnail And I, Richard E. Grant’s innate magnetism was apparent. As told in his book With Nails: The Film Diaries Of Richard E. Grant—a sharp account of the actor’s first decade in the entertainment industry—Withnail stuck with him, opening doors in Hollywood, and paving…Read more...
The streamers are here, they’re clear, and they’re coming for awards. With Apple’s Ted Lasso cleaning up at the Emmys this evening, all eyes were on Netflix to see if the original streaming spoiler could pull out a few more victories by broadcast’s end. Thankfully, for the sad Netflix stans of the world (mostly…Read more...
Years ago, my mother-in-law decided to teach me crochet. My first reaction was to protest. With a full-time career and an overwhelming schedule as a lab manager, I hardly had time to cook for the family, let alone sit on a chair for hours and crochet, but she insisted I would learn without effort. With […]
Happiness and goals: these are gifts we give ourselves. It’s been four years now and I’m still smitten with the happiness virus. Mine is fed by giving in to my love of writing. Such happiness is not to be cured but should be spread. Fortunate is she who has found her love and followed it. […]
By 9AM, I was basically alone in the Delta County Fairgrounds once again. All the rally attendees had departed for home and the rally was over.Spent the rest of the morning just relaxing in the newly returned solitude. Closer to lunch, I decided that since no riding was planned for the afternoon, might as well […]
Today I rode again with Dan K. Both of us on our respective Ural Patrols and we headed out of Hotchkiss to the Leroux Creek Road. We took this road north towards the Grand Mesa National Forest a few miles away.Once the road turned from pavement to dirt, it became quite wash boarded and the […]
I always try to visit the places I depict in my novels--realism matters to me personally, and has also become a key aspect of my brand as a novelist. This is why I have a Photos and Places page on my website, and more importantly a Mistakes page--people won't trust you to get it right if you don't […]
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 I headed […]
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 side of […]
In a development that came as a complete surprise to me, I got an email from a promoter of something called the Parkinson's Games, taking place in the Netherlands next year. It bills itself as the Olympics of Parkinson's Disease. That's the 50 yard festination and the dyskinetic Decathalon? No, it will be made up […]
This post began as an e-mail to a friend with a beloved relative who has Parkinson’s. It is by no means exhaustive, but I’ll bet if you follow these precepts, you will have a gentler descent into disability than if you ignore them. We are the first generation of PD patients who have most of […]
This post contains affiliate links. Need a unique breakfast idea? Make this Tiramisu Stuffed French Toast. Filled with an espresso-laced mascarpone cream, it’s topped with a mocha glaze. The best thing about Tiramisu Stuffed French Toast is that you can assemble it ahead of time and make it the next morning! Remember me? It’s been a […]
Longtime subscriber Kristian Erickson (pictured, below) just returned from a trip to Berlin. Below is his trip report, along with some great photos. Enjoy! –Scott Year after year I saw ... The post TRIP REPORT: “Ich bin ein Berliner” appeared first on Alaska Travelgram.
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: […]
Do chickens still lay eggs in the winter? That’s a common question many curious poultry lovers ask me. The answer? It depends. Egg laying chickens will naturally taper off and cease egg production in winter months, assuming you live somewhere that gets darker in winter months than summer. In Alaska, where our winter months might […]
These gluten-free zucchini muffins are soft and delectable, sweetened just right, and studded with lots of grated zucchini. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract, this easy gluten-free muffin recipe is one you’ll make again and again. Do you grow zucchini? We have four zucchini plants on our back porch; this is our second year... […]
I’ve felt fear, I’ve felt angst, I’ve felt panic, I’ve worried. I’ve been a scared little rabbit, a scaredy cat, and a wimp. I’ve even detailed the finer points between fear and worry in a blog called “Not a scaredy-cat – a worrywart.”Yes, I’m occasionally brave, land on my feet, am tough as nails. But […]
I was watching an old YouTube clip of musicians doing an impromptu street concert in New York City.Then, at :46, I spotted my father in the crowd!My father died in 1980. I haven’t “seen” him for 41 years, but this man had his build, his eyes, nose, white hair. He was even wearing clothes my […]
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… […]
This recipe is one of my original recipes; it is also one that I could probably "live on" if need be (I like it just that much!!) It is my "go to" recipe when picky-picky husband is grilling some huge slab-o-meat (and I want something a little lighter).This recipe is also very quick and easy, […]
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 […]
Today's coloring page is a bit different. I've been entering Spoonflower contests because it's a good challenge, and after I finished the one for this Spoonflower Design Challenge, I decided it would be a good coloring page. I hope you enjoy it!Download the pages, print and color them! Small jpg version Beaded Flowers:Large tranparent PNG version Beaded Flowers
Join us from 9 a.m. until noon this Saturday, Sept 25, at the Sitka National Historical Park for “Birding for Beginners” activities in celebration of National Public Lands Day. Family friendly activities will help explore the special connections between people … 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 […]
Overcast with occasional rain. A break in the clouds revealed the sun for a time this evening. I’ve been needing to go through some collections I’ve made over the past few months. Most of them I did a reasonable job of labeling, fortunately. Those I mostly just needed to get into more permanent collection vials […]
Low clouds with periodic rain. After a call this morning I went out to Blue Lake road with the intention of going up to Heart Lake. Multiple cars in the Heart Lake parking lot prompted me to drive up to the end of the road first. There were some bright yellow spots in the alpine […]
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 […]
Think your air fryer is just for fun or for warming up leftovers? Think again! You can roast up an Air Fryer Turkey Breast in under 40 minutes. And let ... Read more The post Easy Air Fryer Turkey Breast appeared first on Little House Big Alaska.
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 […]
This week has been particularly mind-boggling everywhere from the Capitol in Juneau to the Anchorage Assembly chamber, to the Kenai Peninsula, Fairbanks, and the Mat-Su. All I can say is suit up, because we’re going to take a dive and look at it all. IN JUNEAU The Special Session took a crazy turn Wednesday night. The legislature was […]
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 […]
A delightful and easy cake to prepare and is super flavorful...Servings: 12Prep: 30 Mins.Bake: 1Hr and 5 to 15 Mins. INGREDIENTS: CAKE: WET1-1/2 cups canola oil3 large eggs2 tsp vanilla extract3 mashed ripe bananas1 (8-oz can) crushed pineapple with its juice (do not drain) DRY3 cups all-purpose flour½ tsp ground ginger1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg1 tsp […]
Max says, "This is the easiest, quickest and tastiest Red Curry Chicken recipe I have ever made"...Servings: 4-6Prep: 20 Mins.Cook: 20 Mins. INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons red curry paste2 (13.6 oz.) cans unsweetened coconut milk1 large chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces1 medium yellow onion, largely diced1 carrot, sliced3 ribs celery, sliced diagonally¾ of a medium green bell […]
This is part two of our recent drive up the Dalton Highway in partnership with Go North Car and RV Rentals. Built for purpose, not comfort, the Dalton Highway is a 414-mile twisting, turning route between Interior and Arctic Alaska. Partially-paved but mostly dirt (or mud or ice, depending upon the conditions and/or season), it […]