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...
Bars and restaurants are once again closed to indoor drinking and dining in Anchorage, but some restaurant owners say they can't afford another shutdown, and will defy the order and stay open. Some will close permanently. What's the best answer to keep people safe and keep businesses whole?
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 […]
Today's encore selection -- from The Anarchy by William Dalrymple. In 1739, the Persian (Iranian) leader Nader Shah invaded India, ruled by the Mughals (Moguls) since the 16th century. The results were devastating and permanently impaired the power of the Mughals: "On 29 March, a week after Nader Shah's forces had entered the Mughal capital, […]
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 The Book Designer: Distributor/aggregator PublishDrive has shifted completely to a subscription-based model for all new accounts. Up until this month, the New York-based company offered both monthly subscriptions — where all royalties received from retailers were passed along to the publisher — and the more traditional model, in which the aggregator took a 10% […]
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
If you thought it was difficult writing alongside the voices in your head then try it with someone in the same room. You can’t ignore a co-author by making noises, watching television, drinking, or taking a nap. Well, you can, … Continue reading →
What is Herbal Medicine Herbal medicine has been part of our ancient and more modern history for thousands of years. Unfortunately there is no money to be made by the pharmaceutical companies when only a plant is processed. Therefore in … 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 […]
Today is the big day! What do authors do on the day a book is published.This is what I usually do on release day. I'm pretty sure the 13 other authors who created Last Chance Beach: Summer's End will be doing the same.1. Check my Kindle to see if the book looks good or if something happened […]
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 […]
Another month, another round of studios scrapping their plans to bring some movies to the big screen. A few films are actually still scheduled to hit theaters later this month—including, as of the publish date of this feature, the long-delayed X-Men spinoff The New Mutants. But at this point, all such release dates…Read more...
A.A. Dowd, Katie Rife, Jesse Hassenger, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, and William Hughes on Film, shared by A.A. Dowd to The A.V. Club
For being about a power-stealing wannabe anarchist who can see the future and is summoning aliens to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D., this final arc of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is oddly hermetic and insular. Maybe it’s a budgetary thing, but far too much of these last few episodes have taken place in anonymous gray rooms and…Read more...
Alex McLevy on TV Club, shared by Alex McLevy to The A.V. Club
Which came first: The cancellation news, or the misery? Hard to say today, as Deadline reports that Hulu has just knocked Zoë Kravitz’s High Fidelity off its all-time lists of shows it’s going to make a second season of. The report also notes that this was a tougher-than-usual decision for the streamer, which really…Read more...
William Hughes on News, shared by William Hughes 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 […]
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 […]