Nov. 19, 2021 No. 21-33 JUNEAU, Alaska — October’s job count was 2.8 percent above October 2020, an increase of 8,500 jobs but still 15,800 below October 2019. Leisure and hospitality added 2,900 jobs compared to last October but remained 5,500 below the same month in 2019. The trade, transportation...
Today's selection -- from You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried by Susannah Gora. John Hughes, legendary director of such movies as National Lampoon’s Vacation and Pretty in Pink, went from advertising copywriter to comedy writer for National Lampoon, all the way to Hollywood: "National Lampoon founder and chairman of the board Matty Simmons was so […]
Today's encore selection -- from China: A History by John Keay. For the ancient Chinese, God did not create the heaven and the earth, it just happened. And man came from the worms of the decaying Pan Gu's body: "Though by no means a godless people, the ancient Chinese were reluctant to credit their gods […]
Yes, it’s extraordinarily brutal, but evil is brutal. We want to avert our eyes, but we live in a time when evil, which always exists, has crawled out from under a rock and is right in front of us. There are those who don’t believe that people are purely evil, but they are among us. […]
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 Helping Writers become Authors: The Midpoint is unique among the major structural turning points. Not only is it made up its own two individual halves—working together to create a scene arc—but the Midpoint also marks the dividing line between the two halves of the entire story arc. Continue reading HERE
Once War of Nytefall: Eulogy is published, it will mark the end to my second series. It’s a true finale too instead of the series that I dropped due to time issues, no reactions, and other reasons. This puts the series alongside Legends … Continue reading →
Welcome to the Christmas Book Fair and today historical non-fiction and fiction offering great gift options. The first author is Mike Biles for his history compendium A Bit About Britain’s History: From a long time ago until quite recently, which … 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 […]
The Well of Being is an exquisite 'children's book for adults,' one that encompasses the journey of life from the Big Bang, to this very moment that we find (or lose) ourselves in. Jean-Pierre Weill spent three years writing and illustrating this book about himself-- and perhaps everyone. Playful and profound in its approach to […]
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.
Ever hear someone say, "Jiminy Christmas?"I've heard it in old movies and wondered how Disney's Jiminy Cricket became Jiminy Christmas.It's actually a direct reference to Jesus Christ and dates all the way back to 1664.That's when someone recorded the Latin phrase Jesu domini as Gemini, pronounced as people say Jiminy Cricket.Yes, many Americans pronounce Geminii […]
Are you trying to make sense of today’s insane world? Here is a book that will answer your questions. World United Music creator Stewart F. Brennan offers another masterpiece that combines his memoirs, lyrical poetry and political commentary to connect the dots and expose the deceptions and illusions of our time while shining a light […]
"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 […]
For the fun and enjoyment of our readers being able to join in and solve mysteries, in this weekly series, we ask you to tell us the year, make, and model of all of these vehicles. You can look back on over three hundred of the earlier posts in this series here. The images are via This Was...
The title to today’s feature may make some of you cringe, but here in Vermont, it’s common for snow to fall between December and the end of March. Yesterday’s weather forecast correctly predicted our first measurable snowstorm to fall overnight, so we put together a selection of photos titled “Motorists Traveling on Snow-Covered Roads” courtesy...
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 book that my partner used to have 30 years ago – she possibly even got it from her mother. It’s a story that follows a boy on a journey through nursery rhymes – he goes … Continue reading →
The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn Narrated by Paula Nederhorst and Antony Ferguson Standalone RomCom in Scotland The Highland Fling was another totally adorable Meghan Quinn read! This one was so much fun to listen to because it took place in Scotland, so we had some Scottish accents, which took a few minutes to get […]
Washington, D.C., circa 1901. "View of G Street N.W., mostly north side, looking west from 12th Street showing Washington Savings Bank on the corner along with other businesses on the block." 5x7 inch glass negative, D.C. Street Survey Collection. View full size.
My paternal grandfather (standing, far left) spent quite a lot of his life crewing on square-rigged ships (also known as "windjammers") out of San Francisco. These ships were owned and operated by Alaska Packers, which was a division of the Del Monte Corp (aka the California Packing Corporation). The company had a small fleet of […]
In reply to Twelfth and G: 1901: I'm wild about the couple in the foreground, her hitching up her skirts, him staring imperiously at either the camera or the person wielding it. Neither of them can be above five foot two! But he's so dapper and she's so smart. In contrast height-wise, the couple across […]
Travel Makeup Bag Comparison habe ROWNYEON HaloVa Relavel Rownyeon Pro MelodySusie Ac.y.c Mossio B & C Chomeiu Material Nylon OxfordFabric Nylon Oxford Fabric PU Leather 300DPolyester Nylon Polyester 600DPolyester Oxford The post Best Travel Makeup Bag first appeared on ThoroughlyReviewed.com.
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 […]
Upon first inspection of this photo, you might be wondering if I’ve lost my mind. The tomato hornworm is not a beneficial in your garden. They can do extreme damage to tomato, pepper and eggplants in a matter of hours, destroying en entire plant within days. Definitely not good, especially when you’ve been salivating over […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 3, 2021 is: galvanize \GAL-vuh-nyze\ verb Galvanize means "to cause (people) to take action on something that they are excited or concerned about." // The council's proposal to close the library has galvanized the town's residents. See the entry > Examples: "I think circumstances we've been […]
Practically speaking, Alejandra Ghersi has been working toward the final four chapters of her Kick series for 18 months, since the June 2020 release of KiCk i. But Kick’s culmination feels like it’s been in the works for several years: On kick iiii and kiCK iiiii respectively, guests Shirley Manson and Ryuichi…Read more...
So, it looks like the folks over at Netflix saw A24 make an entire film based on a Twitter thread and decided they should give it a shot. Rather than a twisting and turning tale about the friendship between two strippers, Netflix is focusing on a heartwarming tale about an unexpected friendship between a young…Read […]
What makes visual essays notably different from their written brethren? The idea of images accompanying an argument or a story is nothing new, but with the rise of YouTube, the format has become much more democratized from the days when PBS leavened chats between Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell with still frames and…Read more...
Guillermo del Toro was born to make a carnival movie. The Oscar-winning writer-director has spent his career conjuring sympathetic monsters and romantic freaks. (He also modeled his home after a European cabinet of curiosities, a more sophisticated continental cousin to the American sideshow.) So when del Toro…Read more...
Warm, soft, pillowy bread bites smothered in garlicky, buttery heavenly goodness. An absolute crowd-pleaser! This Christmas, you’ll find me by the tree eating ALL the pull apart bread. Every single one of them. Every single pillowy bite covered in all that garlicky buttery goodness sprinkled with even more perfection: Parmesan. And since this comes together […]
Nothing beats warm, super soft, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth homemade dinner rolls. No more store-bought rolls! You can find me by this warm cast iron skillet filled with the best dinner rolls of your entire life. The type of dinner rolls where you hoard the entire skillet, slather on more butter, and eat all 10 in one […]
The hectic holiday season is upon us. Please don’t forget to take care of yourself. Here are 3 easy, DIY Facial Mask Recipes that will make you feel less stressed and very pampered. All three recipes require simply, easy-to-find ingredients. A quick trip to the grocery store and you’ll have everything you need to indulge […]
The Taj Mahal–A Story of Eternal Love Often described as one of the wonders of the world, the stunning 17th Century ivory-white marble Taj Mahal was a mausoleum built between 1632 and 1643 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth, as a proof of his eternal love. […]
I've been camping here before, at least twice that I can readily recall.But of course, one can never fully get to know an area in such short periods of time. Today, I gave it some more effort and time. While the main objective of staying here this time around is the exploration of the Chiricahua […]
I left the Dragoon Mountains shortly after 8AM this morning, stopped at Benson, AZ for groceries and cleaning supplies at the Walmart and then headed east on I-10 towards Bowie, AZStopped at the TA Travel Center and paid $10 to dump tanks, then drove on over to the nearby KOA Campground where I got water. […]
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.
Updated BelowFor various reasons, recently I got a little obsessed with flash-forward movie and television preambles. That is, presentations that begin with a scene from later in the story, and then spend some amount of screen time catching up to the “later” scene that came at the start. How much catch-up varies. Sometimes the catch-up […]
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 […]
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 […]
Harrington Kabugo with Miriam "A patient who was treated like my mom she was in her bedroom for 10 years not getting out I went and got her and brought her in my house" Hannington Kabugo, 36 became a Parkinson's advocate after his mother died with Parkinson's disease over a decade ago. A […]
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 […]
Alaska Airlines is inviting travelers to celebrate 10 years of Club 49 savings! If you live in Alaska, it’s F-R-E-E to join…and there are r-e-a-l savings for travelers, including: Two ... The post Alaska Air’s Club 49 = your ticket to savings 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... […]
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 […]
When I take my urban infusion months, I live in a place. I become a resident, not a tourist. This trip was different (and not just because Tim was with me); it was a sightseeing trip. We stayed in hotels, not apartments. We ate out; we didn’t cook. I didn’t get a library card; Tim […]
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… […]
There are three reasons we LOVE this turkey gravy. First of all, it is rich, savory and has a delicious concentrated turkey flavor (the kind that you CAN NOT get from a package or a jar). Secondly, you can make this gravy a day ahead of time and escape those "last minute" holiday scheduling conflicts or the dreaded "I need just one more […]
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 […]
I'm cold. It's very cold here in Anchorage, cold enough that it's made local news that it's really cold. So it seemed like a good time to draw a sun. I hope you enjoy it. Click the images below for larger versions to print and color. Small jpg version of Sunny Coloring Page:Large png version of Sunny […]
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 […]
Heavy overcast and calm around town. Despite temperatures in the upper 30s to 40F, heavier showers included a mix of snow. Roads were in reasonable condition today, especially compared with Sunday night. However, overall snow seemed slow to melt. The dim gray light and snain/slush falling from the sky early this afternoon were not especially […]
Winds out of the south or southeast, and warmer temperatures as the day went on. What little precipitation fell during daylight hours was snow, but it shifted to a light rain later. Higher temperatures were not sufficient to keep the wind from feeling biting on my walk this morning. I decided to check out Crescent […]
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 […]
These Gingerbread Cake Pops are actually EASY to make, beautiful to look at, and delightful to eat! It’s like everything from a well-spiced gingerbread cookie or cake but in a ... Read more The post Easy Gingerbread Cake Pops 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 […]
You go for years without thinking about Thomas Van Flein, former Palin attorney and current Chief of Staff of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona), and then wham – he’s everywhere. And in a very bad way. Van Flein’s boss was censured by Congress yesterday for posting an anti-immigrant anime video which depicted Gosar murdering Congresswoman Alexandria […]
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 […]
This healthy salad is just as vibrant as it is delicious…Servings: 10-12 Prep: 30 Mins. Refrigerate: Min. of 1 hr. before serving INGREDIENTS Salad 6 cups shredded green cabbage 1 cup shredded carrots 1 pkg chicken ramen noodles broken into small pieces, reserving seasoning pkt for dressing ½ red bell pepper, julienned […]
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 […]