Sept. 16, 2022 No. 22-13 JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska’s August job count was up 3.1 percent from August 2021, an increase of 10,200. Over-the-year growth has been consistently in the 2-to-3 percent range so far in 2022, although total employment remains well below pre-pandemic levels. Nearly all sectors were up...
Today's selection -- from Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created The Modern World by Simon Winchester. The revolution that came from interchangeable parts: "Lewis Mumford, the historian and philosopher of technology, was one of the earliest to recognize the major role played by the military in the advancement of technology, in the dissemination of precision-based standardization, in […]
Today's selection -- from Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference by Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper. Two of the world’s greatest empires, the Ottoman Empire in the East and the Habsburg Empire in the West, were led by two contemporaries, Suleiman the Magnificent and Emperor Charles V: "Our protagonists include two great […]
NEW YORK CITY’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK Today is publication day! It’s in Kindle Unlimited so feel free to thumb through and check out all this interesting stuff about the city. To give you an idea of what’s in it, below are screen shots of the table of contents. BTW, I plan to do the second […]
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 Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity: This October there are nearly four dozen free writing contests for short fiction, novels, poetry, CNF, nonfiction, and plays. . Prizes range from $60,000 to publication. . None charge entry fees. . Some of these contests have age and geographical restrictions, so read the instructions carefully. Get […]
This is one of those topics that’s been on my mind, but I’m not really sure how to fully explain it. I don’t mean using the wrong words or typos here. I’m thinking more about how people will take one … 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 […]
Through hopeful lyrics and joyous dance, Nimo Patel and Ellie Walton's "We the People" video is a call to unity, togetherness and equality. It reminds us that if we learn to love, if we learn to listen, the good will indeed come someday. Sing along and let your spirit be lifted.
Download the preorder exclusive PDF until September 12 here! Exciting news! I have a new book coming out on September 13, 2022. I created Out of Your Mind: A Journal… The post Get Out of Your Mind appeared first on Positively Present - Dani DiPirro.
I'm happy to tell you that James Moushon has started a new mystery series.You've probably read some of the Jonathon Stone Mystery Short Stories James has published. There are 18 of those stories, and they're all on Kindle Unlimited or 99¢ each to purchase. The new series is Oakley Ranch Cozy Mystery Short Stories. Shots […]
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 […]
WASP Deanie Bishop Parrish, 44-W-4"Failure isn't failure unless you let it be. It's simply a change in direction. Just count your many blessings move on. With God's help, anything is possible!"Deanie Bishop Parrish passed away peacefully in her home in Waco, Texas, on February 24, 2022, just one day shy of her 100th birthday. She met every challenge […]
"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 […]
Today we travel to Portland, Oregon, for an overhead view of SW Morrison St. between 6th and 5th Avenues in what is known today as the “Pioneer District.” The Meier & Frank building on the left has survived, including the original marquees hanging over the sidewalk. On the right-hand side of SW Morrison St., the...
Today a quick cell phone photo and text is how you inform friends about where you are and what you are doing on vacation. In the past, for well over one-hundred years, photographers did the work for you, and postcard companies printed and distributed the cards sold locally at gift shops and stores. This post...
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 book I read in the seventies (or maybe 1980), it was a children’s book about kids that lived in a high rise and never went on the streets because of too much pollution/a ruined world. They may have gone outdoors only once a year. They may have worn gas masks or […]
Making the Match: A River Rain Novel by Kristen Ashley I love when Kristen Ashley writes older older couples, especially ones with teen or adult kids. Making the Match, Book 4 in the River Rain series, satisfies both of those. Though the romance stands alone in this book, I do think you need to read […]
Senior Sneak was the name applied to Marin Catholic High School's pre-graduation recreation getaway day, which for the class of 1955, including my brother and his roll of Tri-X film, was on May 18th that year. There was nothing particularly sneaky about it, since it was school-sponsored -- another shot depicts the principal at the […]
In reply to Canary Cafe: 1942: Perhaps it is my extreme nearsightedness even with eyeglasses, but ... is that grass on the ground in front of the cafe'? If it is grass, why does it look like carpeting? Or ought I just go lie down for awhile? [That's a dirt carpet. - Dave]
In reply to Canary Cafe: 1942: Took on a different meaning for my brother and I one pleasant summer Sunday in the early fifties. We were visiting my great grandmother and were investigating the root cellar under the house. We chanced upon some brown bottles on a shelf with those old wire bale type reclosable […]
Hydroponic Towers Made Easy will chronicle my journey into the hydroponic gardening world. At first, I was intimidated by the mere thought of growing food in hydroponic towers. I thought, that’s WAY too much work and involves way too many aspects I know nothing about. Chemicals, pH balance, water pumps, special sprouting trays… UGH. Just […]
I’m posting this recipe for Ricotta-Stuffed Squash Blossoms and warn you: it’s NOT that difficult to make these scrumptious beauties! I found the recipe (including video) on Kitchen and Craft. This site is definitely worth a visit! I tried my hand at making these stuffed squash blossoms after a visit to a local farm-to-table style […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 28, 2022 is: kerfuffle \ker-FUFF-ul\ noun Kerfuffle is an informal word that means “a disturbance or fuss typically caused by a dispute or conflict.” // The reclassification of Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet caused quite a kerfuffle among astronomy lovers. See the entry […]
Another company has fallen under the dark sway of the plus sign, sacrificing its old brand identity in favor of following the hot trend where you just take an established company name and put “+” at the end of it—signifying “more!” but also hopefully creating an association in your mind with Disney+, the streaming…Read more...
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jeremy Strong relitigates the New Yorker profile about him that went viral last December, following his assertion to Vanity Fair earlier this month that the article “felt like a pretty profound betrayal of trust.” Michael Schulman’s in-depth report on the actor and his…Read more...
There’s always that never-ending television program you love, and whenever a new trailer or any casting information drops, people are bound to ask: “Is this thing still on?” Why yes, several long-running TV shows can continue only because people still insist on watching. It could be comfort-viewing, the simple…Read more...
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How better to butter someone up than with actual butter? This is the premise of Abby’s (Kristen Bell) ploy in this exclusive clip from the Apple TV+ animated musical comedy Central Park. She’s trying to share with her sister, Paige (Kathryn Hahn), “a real good news/bad news situation,” as the show’s narrator Birdie (…Read more...
Back in the spring, with nothing to guide me but my memories of my last visit to New Brunswick some twenty years ago and Internet research, I wrote my newest release, Sea Breeze, part of the Sweet & Sassy: Small Town Romances (Sweet and Sassy Romance Book 5) box set. At the time, we were […]
Can you buy a ticket to a better mood? Hop a flight to a healthier heart? The travel industry would say yes—and increasingly, so does science. And so do I. My guy and I just returned from four weeks in Grand Junction, Colorado. If you haven’t been there, add it to your must-visit list. Breathtaking […]
Worry not, gentle reader, no overdose of Fall Colors today. There will be more from latter camping sites, but from here no more.I rode Yagi, my TW200, to the Cline Ranch State Wildlife Area to check it out. It's located west of Jefferson, CO along US 285 and just west of the junction of County […]
Today I rode the Scarlett, My 2014 Ural Patrol sidecar rig over to the small town of Como. The town sits on the southern end of the Boreas Pass road, with the city of Breckenridge on the northern end. The road, used to be the railbed for the rail line that ran from these towns. I […]
Had a blast doing the Lit With Lloyd podcast with KCAT Public Media! A wide-ranging conversation, including:Craft: how to draw on experience, research, and imagination to create compelling characters.Business: how the proposed Random Penguin/S&S merger is like the two wings of America's duopoly.And—EXCLUSIVE—I read an excerpt from upcoming Dox prequel AMOK.Enjoy!
Fiction involves a mix of experience, research, and imagination, with the first two both grounding and boosting the third. And if you’re familiar with the endnotes of my books, the photos I post of the places I visit for research, and my Mistakes page (because despite all my efforts, I sometimes fall short), you know I work hard in the service […]
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 […]
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Stephen Bugno offers keen insight on Creamer’s Field in Fairbanks. Bugno’s own migratory path includes periodic visits to Fairbanks, the Golden Heart City. Learn more about his trips and adventures ... The post Creamer’s Field – An Unlikely Tourist Destination in Fairbanks, Alaska 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 […]
When you think of staple side dishes that make an appearance at your barbecues or get togethers, what comes to mind? Fresh fruit, corn on the cob, and my personal favorite, gluten free macaroni salad! This gluten free macaroni salad is a classic American recipe, just like gluten-free pasta salad or gluten free mac and... […]
I’m home now. I’m looking at the flea market couch I brought up from California; I had cushions made three times over the years till I got it just right. Now it’s just right. It’s been in my life 42 years. Tim has been in my life 34 years, but he had to be out of […]
I’m saying my goodbyes to Toronto. I’ve seen my last Hot Docs Festival film, and I’m just back from my last author program. I’ve probably had my last roti, checked out my last book at my local branch library, gone to my last art workshop. Horror of horrors, I’ve even watched my last play. The thing […]
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… […]
I make a LOT of sourdough pancakes, but every once in a while John wants a simple (last minute) "late night breakfast". This recipe is perfect for that; it makes 4 super moist, super tender, super fluffy pancakes. They really "hit the spot"!!!!!You can double or triple this recipeIn larger bowl, mix:1 cup flour1 1/2 tablespoons […]
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 […]
Sorry I haven't updated in a while. It's harvest season. The berries, the mushrooms, all those other things wild and cultivated that my family picks and creates the jams, sauces, syrups and jellies we use through out the year and give to our friends. Also, I'm going to do something weird and give you the […]
Join Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club for four sessions celebrating wild edibles through identifying, harvesting, and processing from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesdays Sept. 7, 14, 21, and 28. All ages are invited to learn more about local … 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 […]
I like the goshawk theory In the lower 48, there is good evidence that Cooper's Hawks are taking advantage of the situation. I'll be in Sitka this coming Sunday PM through Thursday. Hope to see you around
In reply to Bill Tweit. Thanks Bill - it was good to meet you as well. This week a Common Yellowthroat showed up where we chatted by the lake. Eurasian Collared-Doves have become scarce. Off the top of my head, I don't remember which year the numbers dropped sharply, but it was a few years […]
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 […]
Need a new air fryer appetizer recipe?? Here you go! These air fryer stuffed mushrooms are a delicious appetizer everyone loves to love! Even if you don’t like mushrooms this ... Read more The post Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms 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 […]
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 […]
If you're a lemon lover like I am, this recipe is for you!!Yield: (1 Loaf)Prep: 25 Mins.Bake: 50 Mins. INGREDIENTS: Cake:½ cup salted butter, at room temperature1 cup granulated sugar2 large eggs1 TB lemon zest1 tsp vanilla paste (or extract)½ cup sour cream1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 TB poppy seeds½ tsp double-acting baking powder (or regular)¼ tsp baking […]
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 Adenium obesum (common name: desert rose) seed with double pappus. The seed is 1 cm (0.39 in) long, the overall length is 8 cm (3.1 in). The seeds form in large pods or fruit on the plant. When mature, the pod splits open and the seeds are propagated by wind. This specimen was grown in […]