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 Elderflora: A Modern History of Ancient Trees by Jared Farmer. Africa’s longest-lived trees are the baobabs: "The oldest relationship between humans and ancient trees naturally occurs in Africa. The continent's longest-lived tree is the largest, too. Amazingly wide for its height, a mature baobab appears otherworldly. Leafless for most the year -- […]
Today's selection -- from Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism by Bartow J. Elmore. Sugar and the 5¢ Coke: "Humans love sugar (sucrose), a disaccharide consisting of one glucose molecule bound to one fructose molecule, and for good reason: it provides in dense, crystalline form the basic primers needed to produce energy in our bodies. […]
‘Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.’ Winston Churchill The bulk of the Time Patrol books focus on one day in six different years. In this case, it’s 6 June. The title mission is, of course, set in […]
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 Tallis Steelyard: There comes a time in life when some people discover that they can no longer continue in the career that has supported them so far. The rooftop burglar finds that his knees have taken too much damage from ridge tiles and tilting fillets. The man-at-arms discovers that he can no…
walking around downtown on saturday amidst a whirl of fashion statements people dressed in support of the university of michigan national championship football game with the maize and blue proudly displayed (we won) people dressed in support of team u.s.a. in the world cup make or break soccer game with flags in red, white, and […]
I know this one is going to bite me in the ass. Just can’t stop myself because this has been bugging me for months. Pretty sure I’ll see some people pop up in the comments who I haven’t heard from … Continue reading →
It is clear that a simple roll of toilet paper is not just fascinating and a source of great enjoyment to our domestic felines but also to those of a much more feral nature… Here is how the big boys … Continue reading →
In honor of the birthday of English poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), here is a choral setting by John Rutter of her poem “Love Came Down at Christmas,” sung by the choir of the New Apostolic Church of Southern Africa. Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love Divine, Love was born at Christmas, Star and […]
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 […]
This amazing film, winner of the 2022 Academy Award for Best Documentary (short subject), shares the story of Lusia "Lucy" Harris, a pioneer of women's basketball. Harris talks of her love of basketball from childhood with her characteristic good humor and humility. Criticized for her height, basketball helped her to view that as an asset. She […]
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.
Hello, happy Holiday Readers!I've got a great selection of Holiday Romance novels for you this week. Along with meeting the Holiday Romance trope, or theme, each book will also list the other tropes it fits.That way you'll know what you're getting—books specific to your reading taste. I'm sure you'll find several to add to your "to […]
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 […]
Parking lot images are always interesting because they show a representative slice of vehicles on the road at the time. The lead photograph and the enlargeable views of it below were taken of a municipal parking facility lot in Santa Ana, CA, late in 1959 or 1960. American cars and trucks make up most of...
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 these vehicles along with anything else of interest you see in these photos. You can look back on all the earlier parts of this series here. Share...
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 […]
Olivia Clarke, Livydogs@hotmail.co.uk If i remember correctly, the story was part of a collection of short stories all about teddy bears/ bears. The story I am looking for is about a small village where an old woman lived in a dark castle away from the village and no one ever saw her, the village people were […]
Smoke and Steel by Kristen Ashley I was provided an advanced reader’s copy from Kristen Ashley’s publicist in exchange for an unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links. My reviews are NEVER influenced by ads or links. I got a very early copy of Smoke & Steel by Kristen Ashley and had time to read […]
Spring 1941. "View under Roebling Suspension Bridge of Cincinnati from Kentucky side of the Ohio River. Waterfront showing numerous business houses: Colter Grocers, Cincinnati Grain & Hay, King Bag, Queen City Rag & Paper and others." 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.
Spring 1941. "View under Roebling Suspension Bridge of Cincinnati from Kentucky side of the Ohio River. Waterfront showing numerous business houses: King Bag Company, Queen City Rag & Paper Company and others." 4x5 inch acetate negative for the FSA. 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 Roebling Bridge: 1941: Someone posted a photo on Google maps from almost the same angle. The king and queen are gone. The only think that appears to still be there is the building with the dunce hat roof on the left.
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 5, 2022 is: abdicate \AB-dih-kayt\ verb To abdicate is to renounce or relinquish a position of usually sovereign power. It can also mean “to cast off; discard.” // The king was forced to abdicate after long-standing controversy. // She abdicated her position in response to the […]
Just days after the first look at Netflix’s Harry & Meghan arrived in flying colors (or more appropriately, a subdued black-and-white montage of their romance), the first full trailer for the new documentary has landed. Harry & Meghan promises audiences a raw look at the couple: Their romance, their marriage, and…Read more...
Isn’t it just like the Doom Patrol to make the season when they finally decide to become superheroes the least super-heroic one yet? Sure, the gang never had the greatest grasp of their abilities to begin with, but in part one of season four, they are particularly de-powered. (Part two kicks off sometime next year.)…Read […]
Wednesday might be spooky, but Wednesday Addams coming to set while infected with COVID-19 is truly frightful. While the new series is reportedly doing pretty well for Netflix, fans have taken issue with the fact that star Jenna Ortega was apparently sick with coronavirus during filming of the first season.…Read more...
Amber Heard has formally appealed the verdict in her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s long-running Virginia defamation suit against her. Heard’s filing arrives just under a month after Depp—despite his win in court—also appealed the verdict, calling the $2 million awarded to Heard “erroneous.” Read more...
For years my critique group has been celebrating members’ birthdays with restaurant lunches. The pandemic scuttled that tradition. And after we could get together again, some members did not want to gather in public places. In response, we switched to lunches at members’ houses with the birthday girl ordering the food. In November we tried […]
I made this cookie recipe for Thanksgiving and the chocolaty, rich cookies were a big hit! I hope you enjoy them. Caramel Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookie Recipe Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon kosher salt […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
While Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and the 49th state fishing industry have been fretting the dreaded “Frankenfish” salmon, a modern twist on old Mendelian genetics, mad scientists have been working to end-run […]
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… […]
This is a "knock off" recipe for Subway's sweet onion chicken teriyaki sandwich. It is delicious, only about 370 calories and very quick to fix (as long as you make the sweet onion sauce a day ahead so the flavors blend and mellow...important step). 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins1/4 cup soy sauce3/4 cup pineapple […]
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 three-part Spectacular Salmon! series for youth ages 7-older. During this series, youth will learn the ecology of salmon, practice their filleting skills, create reflective art, and connect with … 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 […]