Today's selection -- from The Money Kings by Daniel Schulman. Jewish families migrating to America in the early 1800s to establish businesses often sought locales where they had friends or relatives or felt they would face little competition. For the Lehman family, that meant Alabama: “‘Not respectable’— that was how one representative of credit rating […]
Today's selection -- from The Secret Life of the Savoy by Olivia Williams. In 1889, Victorian impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte opened The Savoy, Britain's first luxury hotel, which allowed the rich to live like royalty when traveling to London: “D'Oyly catapulted himself to a new level of fame in 1889. Adjoining his Savoy Theatre, he […]
Simple is better. Less is more. Those are two fundamentals I try to stick to when writing. So when I read a book or watch a movie that excels at those mantras I am blown away. Zone of Interest’s premise is simple and is the simple story of a family. That just happens to live […]
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 spend the summer working on the research project of the LDICP. Through their extensive research, massive databases of information on state statutes regarding the abuse of children have been created and will be posted here as their work is finalized. Here are...
on Writing Forward: In Alice and Wonderland, a white rabbit appears, and Alice follows him down the rabbit hole that leads to Wonderland. The white rabbit is a herald — a character archetype that signifies the first challenge or the call to adventure. This is the change in the main character’s life that marks the […]
wh0 wouldn’t love to have a tangerine cat? — “our holiday food splurge was a small crate of tangerines, which we found ridiculously thrilling after an eight-month abstinence from citrus. lily hugged each one to her chest before undressing it as gently as a doll. watching her do that as she sat cross-legged on the […]
So, I was going to do a specific animal post. Not sure which animal, but I was going to take one off my list. Then, I noticed that it was World Wildlife Day. Why focus on one animal when I … Continue reading →
Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord. We had snow this week… the first since 2017 when it arrived unexpectedly and kept us housebound for about four days as it turned to … Continue reading →
Myself, along with my 4 daughters, daughter-in-law, and one of my granddaughters formed a book club in January to see who could read the most books in 2024. We stay in touch with a group text every day and Goodreads. As an incentive we all agreed to put $1 a week into a kitty and […]
The animated film “Home Sweet Home” has won many international awards for the artistic use of computer animation to tackle themes such as family, home, friendship, adventure, and death. The film tells the story of a house which escapes from its suburban foundations and sets off on an epic journey. An interesting feature is that […]
A round-up of some of my favorite winter quotes. There are so many wonderful quotes about winter, but these are the ones that really resonate the most with me. If… The post Favorite Winter Quotes appeared first on Positively Present - Dani DiPirro.
If you're concerned about the environment, climate change, and other planetary calamities, you really need to watch Kiss the Ground, narrated by Woody Harrelson and now streaming on Netflix.This 2013 documentary addesses all of these concerns. More importantly, it offers a much simpler solution than some of the outlandish suggestions offered.Even better this way to heal […]
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 on all the earlier posts in this series here. This batch of ...
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 on all the earlier parts of this series here. The photos are via Americar.
I don’t have much to go on. It was a book I got from the library in the mid-1990s. It was a children’s book. It was fantasy. My mom didn’t care for it because it was too “weird.” It had a girl who I think was crossing a desert for some reason. I know she […]
Drive Me Crazy by Carly Robyn | Book Review 3.75 Stars Do Your Worst by Rosie Danan | Audiobook Review 3.5 Stars Switched by Sarah Ready | Audiobook Review 3.75 Stars Ghosts of the Canyon by Michelle Mankin | Book Review 4.5 Stars The Improbable Meet Cute Collection | Audiobook Review 2.5 to 5 Stars […]
November 1942. "Lititz, Pennsylvania. Small town in wartime. The Animal Trap Company of America now makes bullets, but almost no traps. Mrs. Julian Bachman is a gauge inspector for the company." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.
A holiday chestnut worth reheating over the Shorpy Duraflame. "Christmas 1954." My grandmother Sarah Hall (1904-2000) in her living room in Miami Shores four years before I was born. She made the mantel decoration, which saw service for many years, with Brazilian pepper berries from a big tree in the backyard, mixed […]
October 1958, somewhere in Pennsylvania. Big brother is ready for a night of trick-or-treating. Rob from the rich, and share with your understudy! Our fourth selection from a batch of Kodachrome slides found on eBay. View full size.
In reply to Lonesome Highway: 1942: Truman Capote was describing Kansas, but he could have just as easily been describing Deaf Smith County, or most of the Texas Panhandle. I've always compared this part of the world to living at the beach. You're able to look out and see to the curvature of the earth. […]
In a world where connectivity is key, governments are taking progressive steps to bridge the digital divide. This groundbreaking program aims to empower citizens, ensuring that access to technology is … The post Free Government Smartphones and Tablets appeared first on Shopping Kim.
Microgreens seem to be all the rage these days and for good reason: they are packed with nutrients and easy to grow! The USDA and University of Maryland found that leaves from microgreens had more nutrients than the mature leaves of the same plants. And great flavor. Plus, you don’t need a lot of space […]
I’ve been growing cauliflower for years, but only recently did I learn this cauliflower growing tip from a farmer friend of mine. I was showing her my garden and she wrapped her hands around the leaves of my young cauliflower plants and folded them upward. “When your cauliflower begins to form a bud, pull your […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 3, 2024 is: connive \kuh-NYVE\ verb To connive is to secretly help someone do something dishonest or illegal. // Roger suspected that his coworkers were conniving to get him fired when in reality they were planning his surprise birthday party. See the entry > Examples: "The […]
Voice actor Mark Dodson, one of those unsung Hollywood heroes who could be reliably called on to play a zombie or an alien or any number of other fantasy and sci-fi creatures—including a couple of famous ones in particular, like Jabba The Hutt’s court jester Salacious B. Crumb in Star Wars: Episode VI—Return Of The…Read […]
Earlier this year, Daniel Day-Lewis was spotted meeting up with his Lincoln director Steven Spielberg and his My Left Foot director Jim Sheridan, predictably leading to speculation that Day-Lewis was being coaxed out of retirement—why else would directors talk to an actor? For fun? To ask Day-Lewis about his…Read more...
Welcome to What’s On, our weekly picks of must-watch shows. Here’s what you need to watch from Sunday, March 3 to Thursday, March 7. All times are Eastern. [Note: The weekend edition of What’s On drops on Fridays.]Read more...
The question wasn’t, “Is Sydney Sweeney funny?” Anyone who’s watched the actress’s barbed takes on Gen Z teendom as The White Lotus’ Olivia Mossbacherand Euphoria’s Cassie “I have never, EVER been happier” Howard knows that Sweeney can very much do funny. (She deservedly earned Emmy nominations for both roles.) The…Read more...
“I’ve become a dinosaur, a relic…” And it’s true too, because I’m approaching a milestone birthday this weekend. There are no words of wisdom for me to share except to live happily and with kindness towards others. Try not to dwell on regrets because looking backward wastes time better served looking forward. So, like a […]
My mother died peacefully at the age of 96 on February 5th. It wasn’t unexpected. In fact, we thought we would lose her before Christmas. Between the end of October and mid-December, she’d fought off a mild case of COVID and three bouts of pneumonia. The body can only take so much punishment. Growing old […]
FILE: A CV-22 Osprey assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command prepares to land during an aerial demonstration at Wittman Regional Airport, Wis., July 30, 2021. (Senior Airman Miranda Mahoney/U.S. Air Force).The potential return to normal operations would come three months after an Air Force Special Operations Command CV-22 crashed, killing eight on board. The […]
An American C-130 cargo plane being loaded with supplies for Gaza. (Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force).38,000 MREs were dropped along the Gaza coastline for civilians. The post US military conducts first airdrop of aid into Gaza appeared first on Task & Purpose.
For quite a while now, there'd been something preventing the flow of Air Conditioning through the dashboard vents. AC would only flow from the defrost vents at the base of the windshield!We put up with it since things were eventually cool enough during driving periods but now that warmer weather is on the way, it […]
Martha flew home today out of the Midland airport. She'll be rejoining me in April I think.We visited a historical landmark before going to the airport, the home of George H. W. Bush and his family when they lived in Midland, TX.This was actually the second of three homes they lived in while in the […]
According to numerous recent polls, Americans believe the economy is in bad shape and don’t trust President Biden to manage it.In response, the president’s supporters have been arguing strenuously that the gloom is mistaken because in fact the economy is doing well—“extremely well,” according to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman; “astoundingly” well and “better than any other […]
If you care about privacy, please stop referring to "privacy advocates." This reflexive phrase implies that certain individuals are trying to increase privacy or otherwise change the status quo--an uphill battle regardless of the issue at hand because most people instinctively distrust and even fear change.In fact, privacy is under increasing assault by government and […]
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 […]
On April 8th PBS will broadcast a documentary focusing on three people with Parkinson's Disease, a boxing instructor, an optician and a cartoonist who lives far, far away. The filmmakers animated a couple of my illustrations done for "My Degeneration" and spent many hours with Pam and me. The movie is about resilience and hope […]
If you call Alaska home, you can catch a whale of a deal between Whittier and Vancouver, BC: a seven-day cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam or the Noordam from $249 ... The post Alaskans only: Holland America super-sale = 7-day Whittier-Vancouver (or rev) from $249 + tax appeared first on Alaska Travelgram.
Devil’s Club is a common wild plant in Alaska that’s large & covered in hidden sharp thorns, growing everywhere from remote forests to even well-groomed Anchorage city trails. Just because you’re “in town” doesn’t mean you won’t run into devil’s club. It’s smart to stay on the trails, particularly if you’re not confident spotting it. […]
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 […]
Full of fresh, healthy ingredients, this shrimp poke bowl is a feast for the eyes and your stomach. It's a satisfying meal filled with lean protein, whole grain brown rice, fresh crunchy veggies, and a Sriracha mayo that packs a spicy punch! My family enjoys this recipe on busy weeknights or on hot summer days when I... […]
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 […]
Evidence fingers manmade ecological chaos The strongest evidence to date that Alaska’s industrial-scale, open-ocean farming of pink salmon has altered the North Pacific ecosystem came Thursday in a study published in the […]
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… […]
As empty nesters, we are easily overloaded by a full size cheesecake, so I have been experimenting. I finally got it down to six cupcake size cheesecakes which suits us perfectly. These little guys ALWAYS turn out perfect.....no cracks, no sink hole in the center and they are smooth, rich and addicting!! Place six foil (or paper) cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. […]
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 […]
Oh that's a mess isn't it? It's also very delicious. See, for the Amazing Turnip Girl's birthday, being in July, we do either ice box cakes or ice cream treats. This year has been well, interesting. To say the absolute least. She asked for a "Twinkie Cherry Cheesecake". And I was going to give her whatever she wanted. So […]
The theme for this year’s Sitka Sound Science Center summer camps is “Journeys.” With seven different camps available to rising first graders all the way to adults there is truly something for everyone. Join us to journey through space, through … 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 […]
Download Radio Show The December 31st show featured a conversation with Paul Norwood and Brooke Schafer. The Sitka Nature Show ended the year as it began. Paul and Brooke shared about some of their experiences from the last year, including learning to scuba dive, and further travels and explorations around Southeast Alaska. The Anatomy of […]
Download Radio Show The December 17th show featured a conversation with Bill Foster, who passed away in November. Bill was a guest several times during the early years of my show, and the conversation featured in this show is one I recorded with him in 2014. As was often the case in my conversations with […]
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 […]
Made with juicy raspberries and blackberries and rolled into a flakey, golden crust, this Berry Custard Pie makes the perfect summer dessert! Each bite has a tasty blend of creamy, refreshing filling along with a buttery crust to make it a treat you’ll make again and again. This is the type of dessert that will... […]
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 […]
INGREDIENTS3 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon active yeast (not rapid or instant)1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt1-1/2 cups slightly warm water (tepid)--2 teaspoons canola oil (For top and bottom of dough ball so it doesn't stick or form crust while rising-2 TB butter melted in ramekin, with brush (set aside)--10” Seasoned Cast Iron SkilletMETHODAdd flour to bowl. Add yeast […]
My husband loves this cakeso much he had two pieces 'after' eating lunch...Ingredients2 Eggs1 ½ cup Canola Oil2 cups Granulated Sugar3 cups A-P Flour2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon½ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg½ teaspoon Kosher Salt1 ½ teaspoons Baking Soda4 cups Chopped Apples (peeled and cored): measure after chopping1 cup chopped Pecans: measure after chopping1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract⅔ […]