By Tim Bradner Alaska’s economy is struggling. The COVID-19 closures of business and institutional employers last spring had a heavy impact, leaving thousands of Alaskans suddenly unemployed. Several billion dollars of federal emergency aid were pumped into the economy through enhanced unemployment benefits and business loans and grants, and these...
Today's encore selection -- from Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix. In 1928, Hirohito was enthroned as the new emperor of Japan. However, there was a growing skepticism regarding the deification of the emperor, along with new opposition to Japan's form of government by communists and other radicals -- especially […]
Today's selection -- from The Bird Way by Jennifer Ackerman. The sex lives of birds: "I've always loved the refined look of male mallards, their shiny iridescent green heads ringed by a narrow white band, and those crisp violet speculum patches fringed in white on the wing. But unmated males among these dabbling ducks have […]
Yes, that’s a plane that crashed just short of the runway. Why? Because the pilots shut down the wrong engine. And people in the rear of the plane knew it, but didn’t say anything. Years ago, m wife (who is terrified of flying) and I became very interested in a television show titled Seconds From […]
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 Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity: Here are seven new literary agents seeking clients. Analieze Cervantes is looking for stories in YA and Adult Fiction. She specializes in Sci-Fi, Romance, Thriller, Suspense, and Mystery. Analieze is especially open to BIPOC and LGBTQ voices. Jackie Williams reads a broad range of commercial and genre […]
nothing like a bit of coffee talk between friends to restore your balance and make for a great day. — “as long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” -cassandra clare, City of Ashes — art credit: ryan conners, painting, midsommer 2019, cat art
(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 →
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 […]
Ashoka is a global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world's most urgent social problems. Since 1981, they have elected over 3,500 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than […]
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 […]
Release day for Last Chance Beach: Summer's End was 2 days ago. If you bought that 14-romance short story collection, I thank you.If you didn't, I hope you will. Just click the title above to buy from Amazon where it's only 99cents.This boxset is a limited edition collection and will be removed in November after it […]
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 […]
Today we take a look at an Automobile Service Schools for WWII veterans, and photos of college and high school programs in the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. The lead image and the first two enlargeable images below were taken at the Shakespeare School in the Shady Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh. In 1946 the Pittsburgh Board...
Today’s featured images were reported to have been taken in 1951 at Bridy Motors located in Mount Carmel, PA, a small town located fifty miles northeast of Harrisburg, PA. We will leave it to our readers to identify the exact year and model of the Cadillac four-door sedan on display the old-fashioned showroom. This photo...
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 looking for a children’s picture book from the late 60s. A child wants animals to change beds: “____ sleep in the horsey’s bed,” (something like that), and many variations. I’ve been searching for many years.
New Kindle and Audiobook Releases, Sales and Freebies Updated almost daily Are you in our FB Group, Ana’s Attic After Dark? See the July Release Recap Here I can’t believe it’s August already. School starts in a little over two weeks, and my son will be in for a rude awakening when online-only classes start […]
Circa 1865. "Mirror Lake, Yosemite Valley, albumen silver print. Carleton Watkins (1829 - 1916), an early photographer of Yosemite, captured this pristine view of Mirror Lake while most of the country was engaged in the Civil War. One of the best landscape photographers of the 19th century, Watkins used the cumbersome, demanding technology of his […]
After suffering a bloody shin incident, there was still a smile ready for the camera. My aunt Margaret and father Don were frequent visitors to Avila Beach when growing up in San Luis Obispo, CA. 1933. View full size.
In reply to Yosemite: 1865: I feel fortunate to have visited this awe-inspiring place. It and Grand Canyon both left me speechless. I just wish I knew how to pronounce its name. [Look no further! - Dave] Here it is, folks. “yo-SEMITE.” pic.twitter.com/A4KMLQWdbE — Alexander Nazaryan (@alexnazaryan) August 4, 2020 ------------ LOL I'm always a […]
In reply to Soldiers Joy: 1940: This same month, John Vachon was in Radford, Virginia, on a similar assignment, photographing workers who were building facilities in anticipation of America's entry into World War II. Vachon would see Camp Blanding in a different role: he did his training there after being drafted in 1945. (Soldiers Joy […]
If you are on a quest to improve your quality of life, consider the benefits of starting an indoor herb garden. Not only do you enjoy greenery in your kitchen and the pleasing aroma of nature’s finest, but you can also enjoy the taste and health benefits of the plants when you add them to […]
Question from Rita I have asthma and mild copd & shopping forr a 10×10 ktchen floor, probably LVP . Gotnew bedroom carpet 2 years ago and jwas told no formaldehyde & it’s been fine. Saw not that deep water cleaning which Im scheduling very soon is the best. The luxury vinyl ;planks are afordable. I […]
Question from Sarah Hi, I am shopping for flooring to do my whole house upstairs and down. Kids rooms as well. I am very sensitive to fumes. We saw an affordable flooring we liked today but it’s an engineered vinyl 😑 Dynamix Is the company. What to do? Hardwood is so pricey and not durable […]
At last, I have achieved a successful pineapple harvest from my backyard garden. It didn’t require much effort, but it did require patience. Years of patience. Generally pineapples take about two and a half years to harvest. On the advice of a friend, I planted these pineapple four and five years ago. He said it […]
In Florida, summer is the time I plant buttercup squash in the garden. It’s a fall favorite around my house, and is pretty easy to grow. Unless you don’t provide enough water. Then, this large sprawling squash plant will rebel. Worse, it will wither away and die. Very sad, indeed. But with the proper care, […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 6, 2020 is: grubstake \GRUB-stayk\ verb : to provide with material assistance (such as a loan) for launching an enterprise or for a person in difficult circumstances Examples: "Kimbro, on the other hand, traveled widely, still hoping to find the speculator who would grubstake him for […]
Much of Aldous Huxley’s vision of a Brave New World has been borne out: genetic engineering, mood-stabilizing pharmaceuticals, chemical birth control, ubiquitous marketing, and a society given to distraction. When the novel was published in 1932, these ultimately prescient notions placed it squarely in the realm of…Read more...
Danette Chavez on TV Club, shared by Danette Chavez to The A.V. Club
Can a really great tweetstorm be as gripping onscreen as it is online? That’s one of the many questions posited by Zola, a new thriller that emerged as one of the buzziest films to debut at this year’s Sundance. Directed by Janicza Bravo (Lemon), the film brings to life a 148-tweet thread about a doomed […]
Randall Colburn on News, shared by Randall Colburn to The A.V. Club
Netflix’s new movie Work It asks and answers the question “what if three cool young people who can dance very well are given a chance to do just that?” The film—which stars internet darlings Sabrina Carpenter, Liza Koshy, and Jordan Fisher—is equal parts Step Up and Bring It On, with just a smidge of the bold […]
Marah Eakin on Film, shared by Marah Eakin to The A.V. Club
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno was never very good, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a cultural institution. It was a staple of its era. Its success was, like so much late night programming, something we had to accept as an unpleasant but immutable fact of life akin to knowing our loved ones will […]
Reid McCarter on News, shared by Reid McCarter to The A.V. Club
Perfectly crisp-tender grilled veggies served with an amazing, tangy, garlicky basil sauce. You’ll want this sauce on everything! I’ll be honest. I’m not entirely the biggest veggie-eater. Nope, my priorities are typically on bread, pasta, anything with cheese, more bread, and maybe more pasta. But if they’re grilled, I will eat every single vegetable there […]
Use up your “discarded” starter in these EPIC biscuits! With that sourdough tang, these biscuits are so flaky, so buttery + so so good. With the recent pandemic, everyone started baking bread, particularly sourdough – hence the yeast shortage (right behind toilet paper and Purell, of course). I, myself, tried my hand at sourdough. I […]
My sister and I were talking a few days ago. She said, “I’m tired of having to provide meals day in and day out.” Yeah, me too. In normal times, we like going to restaurants. And, of course, we can still get carryout. But it’s not the same experience. I do feel guilty about not […]
I went to a local farmer’s market yesterday and discovered that it’s HARVEST TIME. I bought eggplants, tomatoes, a red onion, and some peaches. Yum! Today, I made a veggie bake that turned out really delicious. Here’s my simple harvest time recipe: Eggplant Tomato Parmesan Bake 4 baby eggplant, peeled and sliced lengthwise2/3 cup seasoned […]
Early in the morning of August 6, 1945, a U.S. Air Force B29 bomber, the Enola Gay, took off with a 9,700 top-secret bomb named Little Boy. Its pilot, Paul W. Tibbets Jr., led a crew of 12 men on a mission that would change the history of the world
Picture of the day Tübingen, Germany: The so-called Neckarfront consists almost entirely of listed buildings. This photo shows it as seen from the Plataneninsel (plane tree island). In the middle on the river Neckar there is a Stocherkahn (punt) passing, very typical for Tübingen. On the left you see the Hölderlinturm behind its magnificent weeping […]