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Quotes July 18, 2024

Everybody deserves a second chance in this world. That’s basically all I ask.
The only people who deserve to be in your life are the ones who treat you with love, kindness and total respect.
Shannen Doherty,
actor
1971-2024
 
 
 
 
How good are you willing to allow your life to be?
Abraham Hicks – American Inspirational Speaker-Author
 
 
 
 
“Forever is composed of nows.”
Emily Dickinson
 
 
 
 
“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.”
Laozi
 
 
 
 
“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
 
 
 
 
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray to be a strong person.”
Nadia Comăneci
 
 
 
 

Music July 18, 2024

Eric Burdon featuring Rory Gallagher and David Lindley with “I Am The Blues”

 
 
 
 

Rhythm Lords – Just One of Them Days

 
 
 
 
Chance Peña – Montana (Live)

 
 
 
 

Los Lonely Boys – See Your Face (Official Music Video)
 
 
 
 
Music starts at 3:17
Buckle Up! PHENOMEONAL Guitarist Ron Artis II Performs “B-B-BE YOURSELF” LIVE | Huckabee’s Jukebox

 
 
 
 

FYI July 16-17, 2024

On This Day

997 – Battle of Spercheios: Bulgarian forces of Tsar Samuel are defeated by a Byzantine army under general Nikephoros Ouranos at the Spercheios River in Greece.
The Battle of Spercheios (Bulgarian: Битка при Сперхей, Greek: Μάχη του Σπερχειού) took place in 997 AD, on the shores of the Spercheios river near the city of Lamia in central Greece. It was fought between a Bulgarian army led by Tsar Samuil, which in the previous year had penetrated south into Greece, and a Byzantine army under the command of General Nikephoros Ouranos.[1] The Byzantine victory virtually destroyed the Bulgarian army, and ended its raids in the southern Balkans and Greece. The major historical source on the battle comes from Greek historian John Skylitzes whose Synopsis of Histories (Σύνοψις Ἱστοριῶν) contains a biography of the then-reigning Byzantine emperor, Basil II.

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1762 – Former emperor Peter III of Russia is murdered.
Peter III Fyodorovich (Russian: Пётр III Фёдорович, romanized: Pyotr III Fyodorovich; 21 February [O.S. 10 February] 1728 – 17 July [O.S. 6 July] 1762) was Emperor of Russia from 5 January 1762 until 9 July of the same year, when he was overthrown by his wife, Catherine II (the Great). He was born in the German city of Kiel as Charles Peter Ulrich of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp (German: Karl Peter Ulrich von Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp), but he was a grandson of Peter the Great and a great-grandson of Charles XI of Sweden.


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Born On This Day

1194 – Clare of Assisi, Italian nun and saint (d. 1253)
Chiara Offreduccio (16 July 1194 – 11 August 1253), known as Clare of Assisi (sometimes spelled Clara, Clair or Claire; Italian: Chiara d’Assisi), was an Italian saint who was one of the first followers of Francis of Assisi.


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1499 – Maria Salviati, Italian noblewoman (d. 1543)
Maria Salviati (17 July 1499 – 29 December 1543) was a Florentine noblewoman, the daughter of Lucrezia di Lorenzo de’ Medici and Jacopo Salviati. She married Giovanni delle Bande Nere and was the mother of Cosimo I de Medici. Her husband died 30 November 1526, leaving her a widow at the age of 27. Salviati never remarried; after her husband’s death she adopted the somber garb of a novice, which is how she is remembered today as numerous late portraits show her attired in black and white.[1]


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FYI

 
 
NASA: Astronomy Picture of the Day
 
 
EarthSky News
 
 
This Day in Tech History
 
 
This Day In History
 
 
Interesting Facts
 
 
Word Genius: Word of the Day
 
 

Peter Buxtun (sometimes referred to as Peter Buxton; 1937 – May 18, 2024)was an employee of the United States Public Health Service who became known as the whistleblower responsible for ending the Tuskegee syphilis experiment.

Learn more ->

 
 
Mike Stobbee, Asociated Press: Tuskegee syphilis study whistleblower Peter Buxtun has died at age 86
 
 
 
 
By MessyNessy, 13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. 704): For sale: the only private island in the San Francisco Bay; The changing face of an American motel through the years; Rooftop sculptures in the Punjab hinterland; Automobile Exhibition in Paris in 1957; Cloudspotting for Beginners and more ->
 
 
 
 

By David Sherry, Caffeine: What Tabs Do You Have Open in Your Browser?
 
 
 
 

Make A Living Writing: Top 6 Scams That Prey on Broke, Desperate Freelance Writers
 
 
 
 

By Sophie Culpepper, Nieman Labs: Could social media support healthy online conversations? New_ Public is working on it “We talk to a lot of towns where there is no newspaper anymore; there’s no community center anymore; the town store shut down. And this is kind of it.”
 
 
 
 
Jake Wynn – Public Historian: Speaking Pennsylvania Dutch on the front lines in France | July 1944

 
 
 
 
Agree, thankful I do not need a handicap parking permit.
Morning Briefing July 16, 2024 – State corrections officer arrested
 
 
 
 
Colion Noir: What Trump’s Assassination Attempt Means For The Second Amendment

 
 
 
 

First Responders: Don’t Do Meth | Nye County, NV | S2E66 | US COPS
 
 
 
 

Shawn Ryan Show: Cmdr. Ahmad Massoud – The Assassination that Changed the World | SRS #121
 
 
 
 

Courtesy of Chuck Degroat


 
 
 
 

Recipes

By Amy Maoz, Pocket Collections: 13 Recipes for Hearty, Meal-Worthy Salads
 
 
By Ashley Elizabeth, Food Talk Daily: Easy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe With Sour Cream
 
 
The Yummy Bowl: Cabbage Stir Fry ”Rice”
 
 
The Yummy Bowl: These Crispy Pan Fried Tofu Bites Are The Most Delicious Way To Eat Tofu
 
 
Just the Recipe: Paste the URL to any recipe, click submit, and it’ll return literally JUST the recipe- no ads, no life story of the writer, no nothing EXCEPT the recipe.
 
 
DamnDelicious
 
 


 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

E-book Deals:

 

BookGorilla

The Book Blogger List

BookBub

The Book Junction: Where Readers Go To Discover Great New Fiction!

Books A Million

Digital Book Spot

eBookSoda

eBooks Habit

FreeBooksy

Indie Bound

Love Swept & The Smitten Word

Mystery & Thriller Most Wanted

Pixel of Ink

The Rock Stars of Romance

Book Blogs & Websites:

Alaskan Book Cafe

Alternative-Read.com

Stacy, Carol RT Book Reviews

Welcome to the Stump the Bookseller blog!

Stump the Bookseller is a service offered by Loganberry Books to reconnect people to the books they love but can’t quite remember. In brief (for more detailed information see our About page), people can post their memories here, and the hivemind goes to work. After all, the collective mind of bibliophiles, readers, parents and librarians around the world is much better than just a few of us thinking. Together with these wonderful Stumper Magicians, we have a nearly 50% success rate in finding these long lost but treasured books. The more concrete the book description, the better the success rate, of course. It is a labor of love to keep it going, and there is a modest fee. Please see the How To page to find price information and details on how to submit your Book Stumper and payment.

Thanks to everyone involved to keep this forum going: our blogging team, the well-read Stumper Magicians, the many referrals, and of course to everyone who fondly remembers the wonder of books from their childhood and wants to share or revisit that wonder. Isn’t it amazing, the magic of a book?

907 Updates July 16-17, 2024

KTUU: ‘We need help’: Owner of downtown bar calls for improved public safety after nearby fatal shooting; Anchorage Assembly passes proposal pushing for more transparent APD body cam policy Assembly also confirmed newly-appointed APD Chief Sean Case; ; Anchorage assembly adopts five-year strategic homeless plan and more ->

 
 
 
 

KTOO: Juneau man wanted for alleged January assault now listed as missing person; 9th Circuit to hear oral arguments on Southeast king salmon troll fishery lawsuit and more ->
 
 
 
 

KYUK: Bethel man sentenced to 7 years in prison for manslaughter; Alaska Native students gain cross-cultural experience through Ilakucaraq program and more ->

 
 
 
 

Alaska Native News: Sand dunes a unique Alaska landscape; This Day in Alaskan History-July 16th, 1916; This Day in Alaskan History-July 17th, 1897 and more ->
 
 
 
 

Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: 30-year mail fraud scheme involved pitstop in Fairbanks, indictment says and more ->
 
 
 
 

KINY: Juneau Police shoot a knife-wielding man downtown and more ->
 
 
 
 
KSTK: Journey provided stories of healing and more ->
 
 
 
 

KFSK: Nature’s Canvas: Petersburg’s Ephemeral Art and Music Festival; Wet Socks and Winning Streaks: Erickson Brothers Battle for Logrolling Glory; After SEAPA shutdown, Petersburg utility customers can expect a smaller fuel adjustment charge than last year. And more ->

 
 
 
 

KUCB: Archeologist discusses recent trip surveying Caton Island for clean up; Unalaska City School District to see big bump in budget and more ->
 
 
 
 

KMXT: Multiple people injured at one of Kodiak’s harbors after ‘strange’ bald eagle attacks and more ->

 
 
 
 

Craig Medred: Health Denial
 
 
 
 

By Anisa Vietze, Alaska Public Media: New East Anchorage mountain bike trails open after 2 dads advocated for them for years

 
 
 
 
$5.75 million approved by Rasmuson Foundation Board of Directors to support University of Alaska, housing, and cultural revitalization statewide

Anchorage, Alaska – The Rasmuson Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce $5.75 million in grants supporting organizations driving progress in higher education, housing and cultural revitalization across Alaska. These new grants bring the 2024 total to $7.5 million in Foundation investments while traditional grant programs remain paused.

The University of Alaska will receive $5 million from Rasmuson Foundation over five years to strengthen its Arctic Leadership Initiative, investing in Alaskans to be future Arctic leaders and problem solvers. The Juneau Housing First Collaborative was awarded $500,000 toward its permanent supportive housing expansion at Forget-Me-Not Manor, and the U.S. Department of Interior – Bureau of Indian Affairs will receive $250,000 toward the collection of oral histories, curation of a traveling museum exhibit, and creation of a memorial educating the public of the historic negative impacts of Indian boarding schools. These were approved by the Rasmuson Foundation Board of Directors at its summer board meeting in Kenai.

“Each of these projects represent the strength and power of Alaskans coming together to serve Alaska,” said Rasmuson Foundation President and CEO Gretchen Guess. “We are blessed to invest in each organization and project and thank them for the work they do each day.”

Arctic Leadership Initiative

The $5 million grant to support the Arctic Leadership Initiative represents our work as a catalyst and early investor in Big Ideas. In 2021, the Board and staff asked University of Alaska President Pat Pitney to think big. In 2022, the Foundation provided seed money to put her team’s idea into action. Now, we are an early investor.

“It’s an ambitious strategic endeavor intended to reshape Alaska’s role in the Arctic and make significant contributions to people living in the Arctic region,” said Tasha Pineda, vice president of strategy for Rasmuson Foundation. “As residents of our nation’s only Arctic state, younger Alaskans are uniquely positioned to lead into the future. This funding will accelerate the development of solutions, innovations, and new economic opportunities for Alaskans across the state.”

The Rasmuson Foundation Board of Directors, made up of family members and community representatives, met in Kenai in late June for its annual summer board meeting. In addition to approving $5.75 million in grants, it set the Foundation’s mission, vision, values, strategies, and priorities for the next three years, affirming the Foundation’s mission to invest, connect, convene, and empower Alaskans to help each other.

Earlier this year, the Foundation invested nearly $2 million in projects to address homelessness in Alaska. Recipients included the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness ($760,000 over two years), Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness ($720,000 over two years), Housing Alaska Public Private Partnership ($100,000), Covenant House Alaska ($75,000), and Volunteers of America Alaska ($75,000).

While the Foundation continues to fund time-sensitive and emergency needs, traditional Foundation grantmaking programs re-open Aug. 15, with Letters of Inquiry currently being accepted for Legacy grants.

About the Foundation 

Rasmuson Foundation is a private family foundation based in Anchorage, Alaska. The Foundation was created in 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson, a Swedish missionary, and her son Elmer Rasmuson, to honor her late husband, banker E.A. Rasmuson. 

Gary Scott he/him
Director of Communications

Office: 907-297-2700
Direct: 907-229-7311

 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 

Music July 17, 2024

John Waite Styx Foreigner
 
 

Quotes July 16, 2024

I was a jukebox in my last life and I’ll keep on playing!
Richard Simmons,
exercise and fitness instructor, TV personality
1948-2024
 
 
 
 
“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”
Ida B. Wells-Barnett
 
 
 
 
“Be nice to yourself. It’s hard to be happy when someone is always mean to you all the time.”
Christine Arylo
 
 
 
 
“Be kind to your body, gentle with your mind and patient with your heart. Stay true to your spirit, cherish your soul and never doubt yourself. You are still becoming, my love, and there is no one more deserving of the nurturing grace of your love.”
Becca Lee
 
 
 
 
“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ”
M. Scott Peck
 
 
 
 
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
Lucille Ball
 
 
 
 
“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”
Jean Shinoda Bolen
 
 
 
 
“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”
Brené Brown
 
 
 
 
“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.”
Shannon L. Alder
 
 
 
 

Music July 16, 2024

Live Music & Travel Channel: Still the Same – A Bob Seger Tribute at Nissi’s Entertainment Venue (FULL SET in 4K)
 
 

FYI July 15, 2024

On This Day

1149 – The reconstructed Church of the Holy Sepulchre is consecrated in Jerusalem.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre,[a] also known as the Church of the Resurrection,[b] is a fourth-century church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.[1] It is considered the holiest site in Christianity in the world and has been the most important pilgrimage site for Christians since the fourth century.

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Born On This Day

1273 – Ewostatewos, Ethiopian monk and saint (d. 1352)
Ewostatewos (Ge’ez: ኤዎስጣቴዎስ, ʾEwosṭātewos, or ዮስጣቴዎስ, Yosṭātewos, a version of Ancient Greek: Εὐστάθιος Eustathios; 22 July 1273 – 23 September 1352) was an Ethiopian religious leader of the Orthodox Tewahedo during the early period of the Solomonic dynasty of Ethiopian Empire. He was a forceful advocate for the observation of the Sabbath in Christianity. His followers, known as the House of Ewostatewos (individuals are known as Ewostathians), have been a historic force in Tewahedo Orthodoxy.

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FYI

 
 
NASA: Astronomy Picture of the Day
 
 
EarthSky News
 
 
This Day in Tech History
 
 
This Day In History
 
 
Interesting Facts
 
 
Word Genius: Word of the Day
 
 
The New York Times: J.D. Vance Is Trump’s Pick for Vice President: Live Election Updates
 
 
 
 
Homemade on a Weeknight: Weekly Wrap-up & Senior Salon Pit Stop #319
 
 
 
 

Hank Shaw: Cherry 🍅 | Summer Seafood | 🐟 Sammich and more ->

 
 
 
 

Mia McPherson’s On The Wing Photography: Gray Treefrog On A Lotus Leaf
 
 
 
 

Consumer Product Safety Commission: Check Your Child Care Center: Inside & Out

 
 
 
 

Jake Wynn – Public Historian, NASCAR’s first race at Pocono Raceway | 1974
 
 
 
 

By Malee Oot, Mental Floss: The Curious Extinction of the Carolina Parakeet: An Avian Cold Case The once-abundant wild parrots vanished mysteriously in the early 20th century. Now scientists are closer to solving their disappearance.

 
 
 
 

Wickersham’s Conscience: TANSTAAFL and That $6,000 Discount
 
 
 
 

Mike Ritland: Three-Time Presidential Secret Service Agent Ken Valentine
 
 
 
 

Cleared Hot Podcast: Dr. Wizz – Unlocking the Secrets of Anti-Aging
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 

Recipes

By Hank Shaw: Smoked Salmon Pasta
 
 
By Food Network Kitchen: 29 Grilled Cheese Recipes That Are Gooey and Delicious
 
 
By Colleen Ludovice, Taste of Home: 51 Soup Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes
 
 
By Ally Billhorn, Food Talk Daily: Pistachio Eclair Dessert
 
 
Just the Recipe: Paste the URL to any recipe, click submit, and it’ll return literally JUST the recipe- no ads, no life story of the writer, no nothing EXCEPT the recipe.
 
 
DamnDelicious
 
 


 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

E-book Deals:

 

BookGorilla

The Book Blogger List

BookBub

The Book Junction: Where Readers Go To Discover Great New Fiction!

Books A Million

Digital Book Spot

eBookSoda

eBooks Habit

FreeBooksy

Indie Bound

Love Swept & The Smitten Word

Mystery & Thriller Most Wanted

Pixel of Ink

The Rock Stars of Romance

Book Blogs & Websites:

Alaskan Book Cafe

Alternative-Read.com

Stacy, Carol RT Book Reviews

Welcome to the Stump the Bookseller blog!

Stump the Bookseller is a service offered by Loganberry Books to reconnect people to the books they love but can’t quite remember. In brief (for more detailed information see our About page), people can post their memories here, and the hivemind goes to work. After all, the collective mind of bibliophiles, readers, parents and librarians around the world is much better than just a few of us thinking. Together with these wonderful Stumper Magicians, we have a nearly 50% success rate in finding these long lost but treasured books. The more concrete the book description, the better the success rate, of course. It is a labor of love to keep it going, and there is a modest fee. Please see the How To page to find price information and details on how to submit your Book Stumper and payment.

Thanks to everyone involved to keep this forum going: our blogging team, the well-read Stumper Magicians, the many referrals, and of course to everyone who fondly remembers the wonder of books from their childhood and wants to share or revisit that wonder. Isn’t it amazing, the magic of a book?

Quotes July 15, 2024

If I had listened to everyone who told me no, I’d never have gotten anything accomplished.
Shelley Duvall,
actor
1949-2024
 
 
 
 
Sometimes I imagine myself looking back on right now, and I think, like, where will I be standing when I look back. Will right now look like the beginning of a great life or … or what?
Jennifer Egan,
writer, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction recipient
 
 
 
 
You can be miserable before you eat a cookie, and you can be miserable afterwards. But never while you’re eating a cookie.
Ina Garten
 
 
 
 
“The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present and our future. No segment in the society can match with the power, idealism, enthusiasm and courage of the young people.”
Kailash Satyarthi
 
 
 
 
I think kinship is the opposite of alienation. I think kinship is the opposite of objectification of people, of the greater-than-human world. If we can see the moon as kin, what can’t we see as kin?
John Hausdoerffer
 
 
 
 
I have learned this for certain: if discontent is your disease, travel is medicine. It resensitizes. It opens you up to see outside the patterns you follow. Because new places require new learning.
Jedidiah Jenkins
 
 
 
 
In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
 
 
 
 
So, you are still alive and when you are alive, give love, unconditional love! That’s enough.
Shin Terayama
 
 
 
 
Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror up to where you’re bravely working.
Expecting the worst, you look, and instead, here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.
Rumi (translation Coleman Barks)
 
 
 
 
Without peace, there is nothing truly human. Peace is harmony. And harmony is the highest ideal of life.
Klas Pontus Arnoldson
 
 
 
 

907 Updates July 15, 2024

KTUU: FEMA provides bulk of $108M in Typhoon Merbok recovery aid and more ->
 
 
 
 

KTOO: Snake-like procession of insect larvae spotted again in Interior Alaska; Garden Talk: Community and youth gardening opportunities abound in Juneau and nmore ->
 
 
 
 

KYUK: New health clinic opens in Akiachak and more ->

 
 
 
 

Alaska Native News: This Day In Alaska History July 15th, 1923 and more ->
 
 
 
 

KINY: Landslide on Gastineau Avenue—no injuries and more ->

 
 
 
 

Delta Wind: Three travelers each find something of interest at the Roadhouse and more ->
 
 
 
 

Craig Medred: Ever smaller
 
 
 
 

By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: This Oceanside Country Store In Alaska Sells The Most Amazing Homemade Fudge You’ll Ever Try