Jan. 6, 2022 No. 22-1 JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska’s population increased by 932 people — 0.1 percent — from April 2020 to July 2021, based on population estimates released today by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This was the first increase since 2016. Despite slight overall growth,...
Today's selection -- from The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson. In 1967, the Beatles performed a new song called “All You Need Is Love” live on television. Four hundred million people viewed the broadcast: "The band’s next  project will premiere not on an album (though the band recorded the title track of […]
Today's encore selection -- from Basquiat: Boom for Real edited by Dieter Buchhart and Eleanor Nairne with Lotte Johnson. Renowned artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in New York in 1960. His father was born in Haiti, and his mother was of Puerto Rican descent. His parents separated when he was seven, and he and his […]
I stopped Wrath of Man about halfway through and went to sleep. I usually enjoy Jason Statham films as mindless, fun entertainment. There was nothing fun about this movie. I’m not sure why he took this role, which is out of character. He was so serious and brutal there was nothing redeeming. And I never […]
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 BookBub Insights: If you’re publishing a sequel, whether it’s the second book in a duology or a later-in-series book, its launch is a chance to capitalize on the success of the previous book(s). You’ll already have a built-in fan base eager for more, but you need to make sure they’re aware a sequel is […]
the ever-sweet, caring, overworked, underpaid, and passionate manager of the local dollar store left this sign as he headed out for one last time. (below is what i wrote about him in a post a couple of years back) when one local dollar tree store closed my favorite enthusiastic manager moved to the new location […]
I have no writing news because this past week was rough. I feel like I said that last weekend, but it stands again. The stress was high and the fatigue was higher, so I’m just resting up this weekend. Why … Continue reading →
As is my custom, I am serialising one of my past books here on the blog, and over the next few weeks, stories from my 2020 collection, Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries, Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet. I hope … 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 […]
In his lifetime Stan Rushworth, an elder of Cherokee descent who was raised by his grandfather, has seen a river die, animals disappear, and the proliferation of box stores. The devastation of climate change is not new to him - his elders have been telling him about it all of his life. The traditional indigenous […]
It’s time for the 11th Annual Positively Present Gratitude Challenge! It’s wild to think that I’ve been doing this for over a decade (and I know many of you have,… The post The 11th Annual Gratitude Challenge! appeared first on Positively Present - Dani DiPirro.
Yesterday, I was making Wendy's Chili—a copycat recipe that, to me, tasted most like the original.The recipe calls for tomato juice, tomato sauce, and tomato puree.Well, I had only tomato paste in the pantry—a case of it which is how Costco usually sells their canned goods.I didn't want to go to the store to buy […]
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 […]
"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 the spirit of the past years, we’ve always had what’s called “Town Meeting Day” here in Vermont, and it at “The Old Motor.” There’s only going to be one change this year after publishing over forty-five hundred posts and twenty thousand photographs over the past eleven years. Which we could not have done without...
Today’s lead image contains a new-large-late-1950s station wagon, an excellent lower-priced vehicle at the time for picking up “sleds and toboggans” at the establishment behind it. We are hopeful that readers can identify the location of the dealer that installed the dealer license plate frame and insert so we have an idea of what part...
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 don’t remember many details, but when I was a child, I had a book about a girl and her mother or her grandma (can’t quite remember). I had the book around 1994 and it didn’t seem very old. It … Continue reading →
Top Books and Audiobooks I read in 2021 THIS IS MY 10th ANNUAL LIST! 2021 wasn’t a great reading year for me. I completely remodeled my house top to bottom and all the decisions fell to me. But I still managed to listen to a lot of books. Some were books I bought in 2020 […]
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Avoiding trouble when growing tomatoes in Florida can be challenging. While warm weather is conducive to growing tomatoes, it’s also the perfect climate for pests. From caterpillars to stink bugs, your tomato plant is prime eating for these beasts. NOT PRETTY–but don’t despair! While these critters have it out for your plants, you can outsmart […]
So I recently had a meet and greet with this interesting visitor. Startling experience to be sure, but intriguing, too. I mean, just look at this spider! Incredible. It’s quite large, about the size of my thumb, and a bit intimidating. As I’ve never met a spider this large (I’m happy to say) and wasn’t […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 22, 2022 is: opine \oh-PYNE\ verb Opine means "to express an opinion." // The writer opines that the town library should be open for longer hours during the summer months. See the entry > Examples: "Apple's purpose has always been to empower the users of its […]
As A.A. Dowd pointed out in our inaugural dispatch from Sundance 2022, by the time Robert Redford retreated from the festival in 2018, Sundance had developed a self-sustaining ecosystem—and a legend—of its own. I’m new to this particular festival as an official member of the press corps, so the affectionate bagel-shop…Read more...
The title of W. Kamau Bell’s Showtime docuseries, We Need To Talk About Cosby, is both provocative and self-aware. Unlike the bore at a party who’s pinned you into a corner and drones on incessantly about an uncomfortable topic, Bell understands that the last thing most of us want to do is discuss Bill Cosby, […]
Ian Alexander, Jr., a musician and DJ who was the son of actor and director Regina King, died this week, Variety reports. King issued a statement about her son’s death earlier this weekend, calling him “a bright light” who “cared so deeply about the happiness of others.” Alexander had just turned 26. Multiple outlets…Read more...
When we talk about Netflix and the streaming business, it’s usually with the assumption that the California-based company remains the king of that particular digital hill. After all, Netflix, as the first big streamer, has a massive lead on all of its competitors, plus planetary name recognition, and the kind of…Read more...
A breakfast worth waking up for! With fresh greens, crispy bacon, jammy eggs, and a zesty, tangy mustard vinaigrette! Yes, yes, yes. A breakfast that gets me sprinting out of bed and straight to the kitchen. Fresh greens, jammy eggs (which can easily be made into hard boiled eggs if runny eggs are not your […]
Truly the most amazing braised chicken (so tender, literally falling off the bone!) served in a heavenly red wine sauce! This has quickly become one of my favorite cozy-winter meals. It’s incredibly simple with easy to find ingredients, most of which I typically have on hand. And hello? A red wine sauce with the most […]
I posted this last year, and it was so popular, I am reposting. Happy New Year! “I’m walking into 2022 with a clear heart and mind. If you owe me, don’t worry about it-you’re welcome. If you wronged me, it’s all good- lesson learned. If you’re angry with me, you’ve won. If we aren’t speaking, […]
Do you see life as a constant struggle? Or do you think of yourself as doing well? Are you a glass-half-empty kind of person? Or is your glass half-full? Your outlook—positive or negative—has a profound effect on your happiness. I found this information at the Frontiers For Young Minds website: “Scientists have found that people […]
I placed the Sammy up for sale via Craigslist and Face Book Marketplace today.She remains drive-able of course and will be used as camping towed vehicle until sold. The plan then is to get Martha's Honda CR-V to be flat-towed by mounting a tow plate and acquiring required items such as an assistive braking system.The […]
As part of the testing I'm doing since putting in the Bar's Head Gasket Sealant, I drove the Sammy for about 4 hours with several stops in between to take pictures.I drove to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR which is located in the right center of the cesspool that is the Metro Denver area.The buffalo/bison […]
This morning I received extremely sad news: Andrew Vachss, a lawyer and novelist who dedicated his life to protecting children, is gone.About ten years ago, International Thriller Writers asked a collection of novelists to contribute to a forthcoming book: Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads. My entry was about Vachss, who I didn’t know at the time other than […]
Hugely enjoyed doing this three-part talk with violence expert Tim Larkin, one of the people with whom I've been privileged to train and whose influences appear in my books. Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
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 […]
Caregiving is well-trodden terrain in Parkinson's circles, but what of the reciprocal practice of caregetting? It is a critical skill that doesn't get the same attention. Read some caregetting tips here.
Staying positive can be tough with Parkinson's Disease (See what I mean? that in itself is a negative statement.) No problem. I posted a list of the things here I like about PD on the Northwest Parkinson's Disease Foundation Community blog. you are welcome to crib from it, if you are feeling negative. Reason #2 I […]
The sun always sets, no room for regrets I Walk Away – Crowded House This is somewhat of a difficult entry to write, though it’s likely going to come as no surprise to the handful of readers I have left. But to get straight to the point for the people who don’t want to read […]
Special Correspondent Mira Anselmi traveled with her family “back home” to New Mexico. It’s a big change from her home in the Pacific Northwest. The grandparents were thrilled to see ... The post TRIP REPORT: From New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment 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... […]
Sorry, I seem to have lost my voice. Nothing comes out.It’s either because I’m empty or maybe I just won’t unleash my storm into the universe. Mostly, my whole self just stopped. It takes A LOT of oomph to un-stop, and all my oomph just goes to putting one foot in front of the other. […]
I started writing a post titled “Human beings do amazing things,” and I was telling you all about the amazing things encountered on this trip: art, museum exhibits, architecture, theater, food. But there was just too much. It got boring: This great thing, that great thing, oh and another great thing.So I’m just going to […]
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… […]
BISCUITS FOR 2Biscuits for two....what a great idea!! I can't tell you how many biscuits I've thrown away because they were stale before we could eat a whole batch, but not anymore!! This quick and easy recipe makes 4 delicious biscuits.1 cup all purpose flour2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon sugar1/2 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar1/4 cup COLD […]
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 […]
For as simple as this looks, it was pretty time consuming and really relaxing to draw. I hope it is as fun for all of you to color. Click the images below for larger versions to download, print and color. Love and hearts coloring page, small jpg-Love and hearts coloring page, large transparent png-
The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club will host an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, in Room 106 at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus. This event is open to youth ages 5-18, and their parents, … 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 and calm. Temperatures peaked near freezing, with overnight lows in the mid 20s or so. I got a report of Short-eared Owls at the airport just before sitting down for lunch. After a hurried lunch, I headed out and was able to see and get photos of a Short-eared Owl (#178) flying over the […]
Clear and cold. Temperatures dropped well into the 20s overnight. Maybe not as cold as the 20F that was forecast earlier, but the coldest we’ve yet seen this season. Both Connor and Rowan separately mentioned to me the wind must have blown last night. Although conditions were calm this morning, several areas showed evidence in […]
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 […]
Let’s make some refreshing Lemon Brownies! These cake mix brownies are so easy to make and only require 3 ingredients. Plus everyone loves the fudgy brownie feel with a popping ... Read more The post Refreshing Lemon Brownies 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 […]
*unless they don’t Today, Donald Trump and whatever remains of his organization issued a proclamation/extortion notice to his BF(maybe forever) Governor Mike Dunleavy. He will completely and totally endorse Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s reelection campaign! Why? Because, the Florida retiree says, he’s a strong conservative. He hearts the Constitution, “including the second and tenth Amendments.” He […]
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 healthier treat you know that's good for your pup andit's ongoingly freshly made; Paisley loves 'em...Yields: 19 Mini Muffin Treats (I make 2 batches at a time, yielding 38 treats…aka 1 qt.) Prep: 10 Mins. Bake: 16 Mins. (Turning ½ way for even baking) INGREDIENTS 2 large eggs, beaten ½ cup Skippy […]
These are fantastic served hot, warm or at room temperature...Yield: 10 mini potato halves Prep: 10 Mins. Microwave 5 Mins. Bake: 25 Mins. INGREDIENTS: 5 (2-1/2" in size) Whole Yukon Gold Potatoes, scrubbed, dried, and pierced a couple of times Filling 2 artichoke bottoms, finely chopped --(these are found in the area […]
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 […]