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....
Today's selection -- form Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy by Michael Baxandall. In the 1400s, the Church encouraged art, but zealously monitored artists’ work lest the images in their paintings become the subject of idolatry: "Most fifteenth-century pictures are religious pictures. …What was the religious function of religious pictures? In the Church's view the purpose […]
Today's encore selection -- from Fields of Blood by Karen Armstrong. From the earliest times, man has been faced with the challenge of reconciling the horror of death with the excitement and intensity of war: "Millennia of fighting large aggressive animals meant that [prehistoric] hunting parties became tightly bonded teams that were the seeds of […]
What is more valuable than money? Time. That was the premise for Burners, one of my favorite books. After all, we’re already seeing the discrepancy in life expectancies between the rich and poor grow. As we move forward and expensive medical procedures, especially in terms of nanotechnology advance, the gap will grow larger. Burners is […]
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...
When a writer complains that everybody in traditional publishing is crooked, or that the whole industry is rigged against new writers, you can usually be sure the author’s manuscript needs work. But it could also be that he doesn’t know how to write a query. I know some excellent writers who can’t get a nibble […]
never heard of lonnie johnson? now you have. in high school lonnie was the only black person at the science fair. he went on to get his phd and work at nasa. while experimenting at home, he had the idea of a pressurized water gun, and he built prototypes with pvc and a soda bottle. […]
I have a small pet peeve that comes up from time to time. Not sure if this bugs other people since we tend to think of killing in action movies as normal. Yet, how normal should it be for a … Continue reading →
As is my custom, I am serialising one of my past books here on the blog, and over the next few weeks, stories from my 2020 collection, Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries, Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet. I hope … 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 […]
We are surrounded by the stuff that we think is so valuable and important, but take it all away and what is left? The real you is left. Or at least the journey to the real you without all the stuff that you think defines you. In this video, Theo Du Plessis of South Africa, […]
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 have some interesting facts to share with you today. Some are funny, some weird, some arresting, and all are true!If you're a writer, you might want to take note of the changes in our culture.1. The fastest growing market for handguns in the U.S. is women.I guess a lot of women feel unsafe. I […]
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 […]
Today’s lead image is a view of an old-fashioned country or state fair in northern New England held during the colorful fall foliage season. Tell us all about the vehicle bringing the trotters to the start of the race; the Automaker’s slogan a hundred years ago referred to it as “The Standard of the World.”...
Bridget Driscoll apparently was the first pedestrian killed by an automobile when she was struck by a car in 1896 belonging to the Anglo-French Motor Carriage Company in London, England. In the US, it appears that Henry H. Bliss was the first to suffer from the same fate in America in 1899 when he stepped...
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 a librarian, and here’s how the patron described the book she remembers:This would have been in the early to mid 90s. I recall a children’s book that described preparation for winter and the most vivid thing I remember was candle … 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 Driveway Drama: 1954: My Army officer dad had a 1949 Dodge when I was born and we took that one to Germany in 1951. He sold it before we left in '54 and picked up a 1954 Ford two-tone (blue and white) two-door when we got to New York. Like an idiot, […]
In reply to Driveway Drama: 1954: They may not have removed the weeds from the concrete joints, but they paid attention when it might make a difference. The made sure the hubcaps were aligned so FORD was horizontal and could be read easily.
El Alfa Quick Facts El Alfa Net Worth Emmanuel Herrera Baptist, better known by his stage name as El Alfa El Jefe, is a Dominican recording artist. El Alfa’s net The post El Alfa 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 28, 2022 is: myopic \mye-OH-pik\ adjective Myopic means "not able to clearly see objects that are far away" (that is, "being nearsighted"). Figuratively, it means "lacking in foresight or discernment" or "narrow in perspective and without concern for broader implications." // The corrective eye surgery has […]
As criticism of Spotify—and specifically, its ongoing support for its podcast The Joe Rogan Experience—has continued to spread in recent weeks, the streaming company has stuck to a single, clear line: Nothing Rogan has done—voicing his support for taking ivermectin to treat COVID-19, suggesting that the young and…Read more...
This weekend marks the conclusion of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, the fest’s second consecutive virtual offering in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And since you can’t have a film festival without all those juicy film festival awards to pop onto posters and into the opening text of movie trailers, the…Read more...
Right now, as we type this, Sundance is handing out its annual audience and jury prizes. They will doubtlessly highlight a few films that Katie and I caught this past week, and many more that we didn’t. A few days ago, I likened film festivals to buffets. They may offer “all you can eat,” but […]
It is truly a golden age for advertising when a commercial essentially gets two trailers: Don Draper would be proud. Michelob, who have been crafting memorable ads campaigns for decades (remember their 1989’s The Night Belongs To Michelob run?) has enlisted former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Bronco’s quarterback—and…Read more...
Made so easily right in your crockpot! Loaded with shredded chicken, hominy and green chiles. So cozy, so good. Chicken posole is a traditional Mexican stew, typically made with hominy, stewed meat and all the toppings (shredded cabbage, sliced radishes, avocado, and/or lime wedges). This crockpot version is our take on this lovely classic, made […]
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 […]
My beloved Aunt Joan passed away today and since she was the subject of a post I wrote years ago entitled WOMB MATES, I hope you’ll forgive this repeat as I honor her. Please read through until the end – where you’ll find FREE goodies, new releases, and collections ready to read right now and […]
A reader asked me a question last week that got me thinking about the temperature settings in my books … not the ones that decide if a book is sweet, salty, or spicy, but the actual temperature and climate at the time the story occurs. She asked me if I considered the seasons and the […]
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 […]
POLITICAL THEATER Oh, fantasy! I love that genre! This week’s big dose of live entertainment fiction was Governor Dunleavy’s State of the State address, and thank goodness we didn’t have to pay for a ticket. The state of the state, (often referred to as the SoS) was an SOS indeed, and was met by those […]
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 […]