Jan. 21, 2022 No. 22-2 JUNEAU, Alaska — December’s job count was 2.7 percent higher than December 2020, an increase of 8,000 jobs but still 12,400 below the same month in 2019. The leisure and hospitality sector had 3,300 more jobs than last December and 4,500 fewer than December 2019....
Lawmakers oppose a vaccine requirement for truck drivers through Canada. Also, how disaster declarations for Alaska fisheries could bring in new federal funding. And a look at the rapid weekend warm-up in Southcentral.
Today's selection -- from Strongmen by Ruth Ben-Ghiat. Benito Mussolini’s philandering was an integral part of his leadership image: “'Duce, I saw you yesterday during your tumultuous visit to our city,' wrote Michela C. of Siena in December 1925. Our eyes met. I told you of my admiration, devotion, revealed my feelings to you .... […]
Today's selection -- from The Last American Aristocrat by David S. Brown. Some of Massachusetts’ elite, including Governor Charles Francis and author Henry Francis, looked on newly nominated Republican presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln as “too small” and “overmatched” to handle the growing national emergency "That May, … Republicans gathered in Chicago and awarded their party's […]
Lawmakers oppose a vaccine requirement for truck drivers through Canada. Also, how disaster declarations for Alaska fisheries could bring in new federal funding. And a look at the rapid weekend warm-up in Southcentral.
I first heard of Area 51 in the early 90s. My ex-wife was an Army helicopter pilot and deploying across the country with her unit to the National Training Center in southern California. She mentioned how they had to divert around the airspace west of Nellis AFB and that it was highly classified. That piqued […]
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 Creative Penn: If you’re new to self-publishing, or if you want to revisit the basics, check out this interview with me and indie bestseller Mark Dawson. We go through what you need to be discovered on Amazon, why print is worthwhile but ebooks are more important, when exclusivity might be a good idea, how […]
A robot vacuum cleaner made a break for freedom after giving staff the slip at a Travelodge hotel. The automated cleaner failed to stop at the front door of the hotel in Orchard Park in Cambridge, England on Thursday, and was still on the loose the following day. Staff said it just kept going and […]
This is going to be the last War of Nytefall: Eulogy teaser for a while. I wanted to end with part of the peace talks scenes. Give Alexis Nucian time to shine. Again, this was really tough because there were spoilers everywhere … Continue reading →
In this first feature for the Smorgasbord Bookshelf I am sharing authors whose books I have read and can personally recommend along with one of my reviews for their books. The first author today is Pamela S. Wight and I … 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.
I discovered a new author by grabbing a free book she'd offered. Yes, free books really do introduce readers to new authors.Meet Braylee Parkinson, author of the Sylvia Wilcox Mystery Series. Ms. Parkinson's mystery series is a PI Mystery. I think I'll call it a non-police procedural.Perhaps call it a private investigator procedural. Whatever you want […]
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 […]
The lead image and two enlargements, the 2nd and 3rd below are an overhead view of the north end of the “Old” Central Market (1856 to 1949) on E. 3rd St. between Ontario St. and Woodland Ave. in Cleveland, OH. The market burned down in late 1949, and the lanes around it were changed, with...
Today’s feature is a series of four Kodachrome images taken on the streets of Manhattan. The lead image is a view of MacDougal St. near Bleeker St. by photographer Harold Mayer. Looking at the tightly packed parking in the photos demonstrates why many residents of the Island do not own a car. The photos are...
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 […]
This is a college or sports romance. Main character named Brooklyn? Transfers to New college with bff. Meets love interest after football game. Instantly falls in love because family has a gift to know their soulmate when they find them. … Continue reading →
Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover Narrated by Brittany Pressley and Ryan West Standalone Romance/ Women’s Fiction. Colleen Hoover has been a favorite author of mine for 10 years now, so I am not a new fan who is taken by the hype and that doesn’t mean it’s an automatic 5-star read. Colleen writes all […]
In reply to Sun & Fun: 1905: I agree with the previous comment that the clock is present but is only hinted at by its shadow in the left lower corner. However the previous image of Revere Beach shows the clock in the distance before the pavilion. [The shadow at lower left is from the […]
In reply to Ferry Building: 1905: B(efore) H(udsons) would break thru to Woodward - at the time of this pic, the store was still confined to the other side of the block on Farmer St. - on it's way to taking over the whole frontage; eventually merging with, and demolishing, Newcomb and Endicott - the […]
Cardi B Quick Facts Cardi B Net Worth Cardi B is a rapper, reality tv star, music producer, activist, and businesswoman from the United States. Cardi B has a net The post Cardi B Net Worth – Age, Height, Life, Family appeared first on ThoroughlyReviewed.com.
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 25, 2022 is: quip \KWIP\ noun A quip is a clever remark or a witty or funny observation or response. // They traded quips over a beer. See the entry > Examples: "[Ronald Reagan] faced the age question during his reelection campaign in 1984, when he […]
We’ve got five words for you: Jake. Gyllenhaal. Speedboat. Heist. Movie. Are you excited yet? How about this premise, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter: “A group of thieves using high-powered speedboats to rob superyachts steal the wrong thing from the wrong group of people.” Does that sound rad or does that sound rad…Read more...
When people talk about This Is Us being a sad show, they’re usually talking about the big moments. The dramatic deaths, heartwrenching fights, and tear-jerking reunions. But where This Is Us tends to hit me hardest is when it’s sad in small ways. After all, there’s something neat and tidy about melodrama, which tends…Read more...
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 40 years since Late Night, now a fixture of NBC’s after-hours programming, first premiered. Even harder to imagine, when it did, very few people around the U.S. knew who David Letterman was. But thanks to the bad blood fostered by NBC, who made a shitshow of replacing Johnny […]
Alf Clausen, the composer who worked on The Simpsons for 27 years until he was fired in 2017, has dropped the wrongful termination suit he filed against Fox and the show’s producers in 2019. That’s according to Variety, which says Clausen’s attorney, Ebby Bakhtiar, realized after the case was argued back in December…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 […]
by Stephanie Queen A lot of people think TikTok is all about dancing and goofy videos, but not exactly. If you’re on TikTok, you might agree. Like Facebook, Twitter and IG, there are communities created by hashtags. And no other community enjoys popularity more than #BookTok. My theory on #BookTok’s popularity is that it’s dominated […]
According to some historians, the Macarons first appeared during the Middle Ages. However, it is supposed that Catherine de Medici may have introduced the Maccarone from Italy to France in the 1500’s. The description has a comical side as they were produced in Venetian monasteries and dubbed ‘priests’ bellybuttons.’ Due in part to the shape […]
Just a record of some of the work done on the Sammy these last couple of weeks.Servicing 4WD Locking Hubs:The passenger side manual locking hub had gotten more and more difficult to turn from the Free to Lock position and back to Free. Turned out the actual dial mechanism was in need of some oil […]
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 […]
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 […]
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… […]
Years ago, when our hungry teenage boys came home for dinner (with hungry friends tagging along) it was a challenge to feed them all with one pan of Sloppy Joe's. Unexpected guests at the dinner table were fun, but required some quick thinking, so I "stretched" this simple but tried and true recipe, by adding kidney beans, shredded carrots, and cheese. […]
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 […]
Today's coloring page was inspired by a lot of friends and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Let your light shine!!! Click the images below for a large version to print and color. Let Your Light Shine- small jpg versionLet Your Light Shine- large transparent PNG version
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 […]
Do you need a new way to enjoy green beans? Try these Air Fryer Green Beans! They’re our favorite way to eat green beans. Start with frozen green beans cooked ... Read more The post Quick Air Fryer Green Beans 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 […]
Picture of the day Male Dark blue tiger butterfly (Tirumala septentrionis dravidarum). Today is Republic Day, a national holiday in India. It honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January 1950.