Nov. 18, 2022 No. 22-22 JUNEAU, Alaska — October’s job count was 2.0 percent above October 2021, a gain of 6,100 jobs. Most industries were up over the year but remained below 2019 levels. Overall, Alaska was down 10,800 jobs from the October before the pandemic began. Although Alaska had...
Today's selection -- from Take Me Home: An Autobiography by John Denver and Arthur Tobier. In 1966, John Denver wrote the song "Leaving on a Jet Plane." It was a time when he was not in a relationship, and so the song was more a projection for the love he hoped to have, rather than […]
Today's selection -- from The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power by Daniel Yergin. Fundamentalism, whether Christian, Jewish, or Islamic, can be better understood as a reaction to great suffering or the disruption of rapid change. And so it was that the discovery of oil in Iran in the early 20th century […]
A quick note to wish everyone a joyful holiday season. Some thoughts on unusual and thoughtful gift ideas. The Green Beret Pocket Survival Guide makes a great stocking stuffer. I keep one in the kitchen for first aid information, in each car and in the grab-n-go bags. Also, I now have three Little Black Books […]
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...
The well-known author, HP Lovecraft, has written that he got most of his ideas for his stories from his dreams. If you’re familiar with his work, you’ll know that he created a whole mythos of strange, often tentacled creatures with ancient deity status that was truly horrific, yet he dreamt of these entities regularly and […]
we worked hard making butter and savory monkey bread and gingerbread cookies it took a team lots of shaking ,stirring, rolling. cutting, chopping, spilling, melting, cooking, waiting, cleaning up loads of fun little bits of magic and a few mishaps thrown in for good measure to make a perfect day of cooking tomorrow we set […]
Seems like everything coming out is either a reboot, reimagining, rewrite, or something that involves a pre-existing franchise. This isn’t about originality being dead and nobody wanting to take a risk on a new franchise. Instead, I’m thinking about how … Continue reading →
Welcome to the Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair with a selection of books from personally recommended authors on my bookshelf I believe will make wonderful gifts for friends, family and for you. If you are looking for a terrific murder mystery … 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 […]
Can we, as adults, grow new neurons? Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret says that we can, and she offers research and practical advice on how we can help our brains better perform neurogenesis—improving mood, increasing memory formation and preventing the decline associated with aging along the way.
Welcome to the 12th Annual Positively Present Gratitude Challenge! There’s always something special about celebrating gratitude in the month of November, and this year’s challenge has an extra special twist.… The post The 12th Annual Gratitude Challenge! appeared first on Positively Present - Dani DiPirro.
What a great weekend it's going to be. SlingWords is still spotlighting the Holiday Romance trope.This week's selections will please you. Along with meeting the Holiday Romance trope, or theme, each book also lists other major tropes it fits.That way you'll know what you're getting—books specific to your reading taste.Readers, if there's a specific theme you'd […]
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 […]
As is the usual practice in the Four Fun Kodachrome Car Photographs series, we ask our readers to tell us the year, make, and model of all of the vehicles in these images. Plus, anything else of interest you see in these pictures, or if you know the location where they were taken, you can...
By David Greenlees: The wise Greek philosopher Heraclitus, who lived in the 5th the 6th century BC, is credited with saying, “the only constant in life is change.” And because of this aspect of life, a change is coming to “The Old Motor” on December 21, 2022. After forty-five years of restoring vintage road and...
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 […]
The poem which I can neither remember nor forget starts off something like: If I’d been born in Bethlehem So many years ago I might have seen the *** Passing to and fro I am fairly confident it is a poem, but perhaps not? It was definitely part of a Christmas story From the early […]
Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey Narrated by Lauren Sweet Contemporary Romance, Book 2 in a Series I really enjoyed It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey (I recommend reading this first), and being a music lover, I really fell for Hannah in the first book and I was excited to see her and […]
October 1941. Radford, Virginia. "Sunset Village, FSA project for defense workers in Hercules powder plant. Individual homes on land leased from nearby farmers. Son of defense worker gathering scrap lumber." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, Farm Security Admin. View full size.
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 Caprine Caper: 1904: ... it's the stupidity. Or so they say in New Orleans. In this case, I'm betting it was a hot, humid day. The squinty faces say it all; even the goats are longing for a pair of sunnies to wear.
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 December 9, 2022 is: expeditious \ek-spuh-DISH-us\ adjective Expeditious is a formal word that is used to describe someone acting in a quick and efficient way, or something done in such a manner. // Known for their expeditious service, the restaurant staff had the family’s order ready in […]
Helen Slayton-Hughes has died. A veteran actor of both stage and screen, Slayton-Hughes was best known to modern audiences for her numerous appearances on NBC’s Parks And Recreation, where she played Ethel Beavers, Pawnee’s resident court stenographer/hard-drinking, hard-parying agent of chaos. According to Yahoo!…Read more...
Earlier today, The A.V. Club’s own Gabrielle Sanchez sat down for a conversation with Haley Lu Richardson, one of the breakout stars of the current season of HBO’s The White Lotus. (Richardson plays Portia, the assistant to Jennifer Coolidge’s Tanya, who finds herself dragged to the titular Italian resort by her…Read more...
The Christmas season is a time when calories don’t count and corny is in and wearing bright reds and greens that make you look awful is fun. Of course, it is also a great time to cozy in and read some Christmas romance and soak up the holiday cheer with characters who fall in love […]
It pays to be prepared. Little things can make a big difference in how you handle an emergency. I remember when Seattle had some pretty deep snowfalls. The weight of the snow and ice brought down tree limbs, resulting in power outages for two weeks or longer. The snow took our electricity, but because it […]
Things have warmed up nicely here on the Colorado Front Range, today's high is projected to be 51°F. Positively balmy weather.Back during Friday's riding, the needle on Scarlett's speedometer had come off the center pivot point. I figured it had just loosened from a repair I'd done about 5 years ago during a different ride.However, […]
Starting yesterday afternoon, it snowed on us again in the cesspool that is the Metro Denver area. I would say we got 2-3" of the white stuff by this morning.I finished clearing up the snow where Martha had started moving snow out of the driveway in order to get her car out without compacting snow […]
Today’s the day—my long-gestating Dox origin story, AMOK, is available at last! Hardback; trade paper; Kindle; audiobook narrated by yours truly…whatever you prefer.The gist:1991. A restless young man called Dox is back home in Texas. His friends have missed him and his mother and sisters need him, but after four years as a Marine and another two as […]
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!
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 […]
While the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting brighter. That’s especially true north of Fairbanks. Northern Alaska Tour Company has vans and planes that go up and down ... The post It’s “Aurora Season” in Alaska’s Far North appeared first on Alaska Travelgram.
Here’s a delicious fall-time spin on classic blueberry muffins. If you’re a solo adult who likes good food, this recipe is for you. Or if you’ve got extra kitchen “helpers” around (read: kids who need entertainment), turn baking these Halloween muffins into a fun toddler snacktivity. Pumpkin BOO-berry Muffin Recipe Ingredients: 2 boxes Jiffy brand […]
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: […]
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 have been making chocolate chip cookies for 45+ years; lets just say I've tried a zillion recipes, but THIS recipe beats them all, HANDS DOWN!!!Some chocolate chip cookie recipes have great flavor, but produce a flat cookie that spreads all over the cookie sheet (I hate that, don't you?). Some recipes produce a picture […]
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/Alaska Way Of Life 4-H Club will host a two-part Homemade Holidays! series for youth ages 7-older. In the first session, from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, participants will learn how to make dog treats from fish … 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 clouds and showery rain through much of the day with minor breaks in precipitation from time to time. Winds much diminished from earlier in the week. Temperatures cooler, with overnight low in the 40s and today’s high in the low 50s. I was up early (for me) to drop my car off for servicing. […]
Overcast, becoming partly cloudy with a fair bit of sun. Temperatures into the lower 60s (will likely set a record for the date). I took my time getting going this morning. By the time I stepped out midmorning, it felt quite warm. I waited until nearly noon before heading out beyond my porch. I was […]
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 […]
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 […]
So easy and delicious, and these freeze beautifully allowing you to bake them whenever you get a craving for them...Yield: 8 Hand PiesPrep: 20 Mins.Bake: 15 Mins. INGREDIENTS FILLING:1 TB salted butter1 TB all-purpose flour1 TB packed brown sugar1/2 cup water1/2 tsp vanilla extract1/2 teaspoon lemon juice1 tsp apple pie spice blend1 large honeycrisp apple, peeled, cored […]
It's imperative to let the flavors meld for a minimum of 12 hoursprior to cookingthis wonderful moose sausage...Yield: Four 2-1/2 lb. portions (total of 2 lbs.)Prep: 20 Mins.Cook Patties: 3-4 Mins per side (7-8 Mins total)Meld Flavors: 12 hours INGREDIENTS 2 pounds lean ground moose (venison or other meats and poultry work well too)1 tablespoon red wine […]
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 […]