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 African Artists: From 1882 to Now by Chika Okeke-Agulu. The diversity of contemporary African art: "Just as political independence provided the grounds for the emergence of modern art, contemporary art, a post-1960s phenomenon, came in the wake of a reassessment by artists and citizens of Africa's realities after the euphoric period […]
Today's encore selection -- from The Eye by Nathan Williams. Christian Dior brought beauty to a war-ravaged Europe in the 1940s and 1950s: "Christian Dior opened his eponymous haute couture house in Paris in October 1946 with one clear intention: to encourage women to experience joy and beauty again after the strife of World War II. […]
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...
Originally posted on Legends of Windemere: They look like an antelope, but they’re more closely related to cows. Well, I say look, but these critically endangered animals are incredibly rare. Scientists have only documented wild Saola 4 times and none are in captivity. This means we don’t know much about them including their population. Could…
‘the miraculous journey of edward tulane’ an incredibly beautiful story a rabbit’s journey of self-discovery of love, loss, recovery, kindness, compassion and profound transformation written for children in just 192 pages one of my all-time favorite books recently read again still impossible not to cry along the way. its main theme can be summarized by […]
About 30 Mohawk residential school survivors and their families marched across the Cornwall bridge to Trinity Anglican Church in Ontario to call for access to all records related to the Mohawk Institute residential school
They look like an antelope, but they’re more closely related to cows. Well, I say look, but these critically endangered animals are incredibly rare. Scientists have only documented wild Saola 4 times and none are in captivity. This means we … Continue reading →
Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed during the week here on Smorgasbord. I know this week has been very difficult for many of you living in the US and in the path of the hurricane … 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 […]
"Treeline," filmed in three extraordinary forest landscapes across Japan, British Columbia and Nevada, asks us to question: what is a tree? What is our connection to our oldest living companions? When we take the time to really look, to really experience and to really open ourselves to these questions, we begin to realize the great mystery […]
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.
For the last year or two my husband and I find ourselves saying, "What's wrong with people? Don't they have any common sense?"Frankly, it does seem that too many people have no common sense, that basic unspoken, unwritten treasury of knowledge learned as one grows from babyhood to early teens.(1) By the time we reach the […]
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 […]
In this weekly series, we ask our readers to tell us the year, make, and model of all of these vehicles along with the location and anything else of interest to you in the photos. You can look back at all the earlier parts of this series here. The images are via This Was Americar. In the lead...
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...
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 […]
New Kindle and Audiobook Releases, Sales and Freebies Are you in our FB Group, Ana’s Attic After Dark? If you use this list, please consider sharing it with friends or on social media! Please see the September Recap here. I AM STILL UPDATING THIS LIST… I am devastated to see what happened to my state. […]
This uncaptioned but intriguing entry from among the many photos taken by John Collier in and around Washington in January 1942 has his Speed Graphic pointed down through the top of a well-worn display case bearing a bounty of candy (Troopers, anyone?), chemistry sets (Porter "Chemcraft") and a miscellany of small toys. 4x5 inch acetate […]
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 Double Coneys: 1941: racco wondered: how common it was to repurpose old street trolleys as diners. Based on articles here, here, and here, some diners were converted streetcars, but most were prefabricated in a factory and shipped to its location. The shape was dictated by what would fit on a rail car […]
In reply to Little Falls: 1941: The name "Little Falls" carried a dark connotation for many at this time: a year and a half earlier (04/19/40) the NYC's "Lake Shore Limited" had derailed with considerable loss of life at Gulf Curve, just outside of town.
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 October 3, 2022 is: languid \LANG-gwid\ adjective Languid means “showing or having very little strength, energy, or activity.” It is generally used in formal and literary contexts. // The trial proceeded at a languid pace as each attorney called up a whole roster of witnesses to testify. […]
We’re only seven episodes into House Of The Dragon and so far we’ve lost just about every character worth cheering for. Some of them were introduced and almost immediately killed off, some were with us from the beginning but barely got any consideration before being rudely dispatched. And the characters we were…Read more...
The pacing of House Of The Dragon is a curious thing, oscillating between a breakneck speed that hardly lets us learn the names of its players before it dispatches them and lethargic, plodding slowness. Maybe that’s what happens when you adapt one section of a fake history book rather than a series of character-driven…Read more...
It was a wild year for AMC’s beloved Nicole Kidman ad. Playing before nearly every movie at AMC Theatres since September last year, Nicole Kidman’s “somehow, heartbreak feels good in a place like this” ad has become a year-long exercise in communal irony. It’s a rare example of society taking the piss out of cynical…Read […]
As mentioned in my September 1st post, we spent the first days of our river cruise visiting Romania and Bulgaria, and Day 5 all on deck, cruising the Danube, admiring the scenery, and snapping pictures. The most spectacular scenery was the dramatic gorge of the IRON GATE, a narrow and formerly very dangerous passage on […]
I wrote the Vicarage Bench Series many years ago – when I first decided I could – should become an author. At the time, I understood it would take a lot of work, many classes, and listening to others who knew what I needed to learn. Eventually, thinking I had everything under control, I actually joined a […]
Got some light to serious dirt trail riding done today. The really technical spots were at the beginning and end of trail number 6037. This is the trail that exits right next to my campsite.In the technical sections, it was large boulders and rocks on a narrow twisting trail that made things interesting, sometimes too […]
A great day of riding today, in spite of the overcast skies and the slight bit of hail at the summit of Cottonwood Pass.But first, here's my view of part of the Collegiate Peaks (Mount Yale is the highest bit) from my VRRV's window as I ate breakfast:I made a slight detour as I headed […]
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 […]
The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club will host an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, in Room 106 at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus. This event is open to youth ages 5-18, and their parents, who want … 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 […]
Want to try the technical from the 2022 Bread Week Episode of the GBBO? Here’s your chance! Pain Aux Raisins are flaky, tender, and confoundingly delicious! These flaky laminated Pain ... Read more The post Pain Aux Rasins 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 […]