The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) hosted its annual 3-Year Outlook luncheon on Wednesday. The event was in-person and featured updates from Mayor Bronson, UA President Pat Pitney, AEDC President and CEO Bill Popp, and Keynote speaker Roger Brooks. The tone of this year’s event was more optimistic than pervious...
Today's encore selection -- from Nothing, edited by Jeremy Webb. The importance of nothing: "We have heard that when it arrived in Europe, zero was treated with suspicion. We don't think of the absence of sound as a type of sound, so why should the absence of numbers be a number, argued its detractors. It took […]
Today's selection -- from Life Between the Tides by Adam Nicolson. The stalking ground of the green shore crab: "There are many different sorts of crab in the bay and in creels I have caught them all: the pie-crusted lid of the edible or brown crab; the pink of the swimmers; the dark, furred mystery of […]
Yep, that’s a lot. To start with the Green Beret Pocket Sized Survival Guide is free on kindle today and through Saturday. Other book deals are Eternity Base of the Green Beret series free, and Equinox (Time Patrol) discounted. The first two books of the Area 51 series are also discounted to .99 or free […]
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: Walgrim Towe was a clerk in a large usurer’s office. He was, in spite of his unprepossessing appearance, a happily married man, husband of a wife he adored, and father of five delightful children. His one foible was that he liked to sit, drink one glass of aniseed flavoured spirit…
Abandoned shopping carts could be a sign of social dysfunction. The reason some people never return shopping carts, according to science. On the spectrum of aberrant behavior, leaving a shopping cart in the middle of a parking space doesn’t quite rise to the level of homicide. But poor cart etiquette is nonetheless a breakdown of […]
News Release U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released a resource guide on provisions supporting tribes and Native communities in the Inflation Reduction Act, which President Biden signed into law ...
(Not my best poem. This was definitely an early one. I stand by what it’s talking about though. Not sure what I meant by the 3rd and 4th lines. Oh, Labor Day! Got it. Don’t think I knew how that … Continue reading →
Delighted to welcome Dan Antion to the bookshelf with his debut novel Knuckleheads: Dreamer’s Alliance Book 1 with book 2 available shortly. About the book Zach and Billy didn’t ask for the paranormal powers that were beyond their capacity to … 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 […]
This Climbing PoeTree music video highlights modern day freedom fighters and champions of justice by celebrating the beauty, power, talent, brilliance and humanity of Black people. Through powerful lyrics, music and dance, it is a triumphant acknowledgement that dignity, safety and self determination are all necessary to overcome dehumanizing terror and to ensure that justice […]
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.
Yes, we made it to the Dog Days of Summer, the hottest part of the summer. Allegedly.The summer has been blistering this year. Mother Nature seems to be bent on either flooding the world or burning it up.With a week ahead forecast to be 100+ most days, I think we can safely say this is […]
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 […]
Viewing vintage images of Automaker’s assembly lines gives us insight into how vehicles were constructed decades ago and also serves as a valuable visual reference of details for car owners when restoring a vehicle. It was during the period when autoworkers actually operated the machines and provided the labor to assemble cars and trucks rather...
Today’s “Detroit News” lead image was used by Michiko Kakutani, a writer of the book review ‘Once in a Great City’ in the “New York Times,” on September 15, 2015. The caption reads: “Mayor Jerome Cavanagh of Detroit, left, and C. E. Briggs, Chrysler’s vice president, on a freighter headed for the 1962 Auto Show.” Please 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 […]
I’m looking for this book for a friend of mine. He said he read it in the early to mid- 1960s; it’s a chapter book about a boy who had a mid-engine race car; maybe Mach 1 in the title? Speed Racer-esque?
Reverse (The Bittersweet Symphony Duet Book 2) by Kate Stewart Skip to the bottom for the quick Down & Dirty Review. This post contains affiliate links. “Their story doesn’t change the significance of ours.” Drive by Kate Stewart is one of my favorite books ever, and to fully enjoy Reverse, you need to read Drive […]
May 1942. "Childersburg, Alabama. Cousa Court housing project for defense workers in boom area around the DuPont Powder Plant. The Smiths share the drudgery of housework, for they both have important war jobs." Photo by John Collier, Office of War Information. View full size.
May 1942. Arlington, Virginia. "Operations in auto body plant and storage of 'frozen' cars. Buffing surface of a car body prior to painting. Cars 'frozen' by Office of Price Administration ruling stored on Virginia farm." Photo by John Collier, Office of War Information. 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 The Smiths: 1942: She has a few glass refrigerator dishes with lids displayed on the top shelf. Nearly twenty years ago I found a set of four Martha Stewart fridge dishes at K-Mart. A large square one, a loaf-pan size, and two small square ones, all with matching glass lids. They're still […]
In reply to The Smiths: 1942: was where my father worked during WW2. We didn't live right there, but I still have his W-2s from the powder plant. They were handwritten at that time. The amount seems really small by today's standards, but it allowed my Mom to stay home with me at that time.
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 August 18, 2022 is: immutable \ih-MYOO-tuh-bul\ adjective Immutable means "not capable of or susceptible to change." // It is hardly an immutable fact that cats and dogs are sworn enemies; over the years our golden retriever has grown both fond and protective of her tabby housemate. See […]
Things are going totally fine at HBO Max. They’re just recalibrating and trimming some fat to get lean and beach-ready for… the end of summer. It’s totally fine and normal to put high-profile original movies permanently on a shelf as a tax write-off. There’s nothing wrong with gutting a collection of original animated…Read more...
In “Baby Of The Year,” the sketch we called I Think You Should Leave’s best to date, we’re introduced to a range of baby pageant competitors with excellent names, like Michael Patrick Porkins, Taffy Lee Fubbins, Little Denny Doo Dinkins, Tiny Dinky Daffy, and Bart Harley Jarvis (before we go any further: Harley Jarvis…Read more...
Sometimes the simplest pleasures are ones most worth pursuing. Simple does not necessarily mean stupid, incoherent, or lacking in craft, as an entire history of B-movie cinema (much less late-summer box office distractions) has proven, and the firmly-in-the-latter-category Beast serves as a prime example of how to do…Read more...
It took several years, but Emmy-nominee Rhea Seehorn has a nice ring to it, right? The actor was a standout for all six seasons of AMC’s recently wrapped Better Call Saul, bringing to life various shades of Kim Wexler with unflinching nuance (and an immaculate ponytail, of course). Her character goes from an ambitious…Read more...
How to make THE BEST cheeseburger! Perfect burger patties every. single. time. Includes an epic burger sauce too! Homemade cheeseburgers. An absolute summertime staple. And it doesn’t require anything fancy. Just some good ole’ 80/20 ground chuck, salt and pepper (seasoning is absolute key here) and the most epic burger sauce to take your burger […]
So quick, so easy. And the garlicky lemon herb sauce is THE BEST. Serve with a light salad + crusty bread! It’s all in the name. Weeknight chicken goodness. Yup, we can absolutely whip this out on those super busy weeknights when dinner just feels utterly impossible. So thaw those chicken breasts and let’s get […]
A NEW collection of Cozy Mysteries from authors around the world. Get a new perspective on Whodunnits times five. Continue Reading → The post Once Upon a (Cozy) Mystery appeared first on The Authors' Billboard.
The Oxford dictionary teaches us that gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. But gratitude is much more than that. Gratitude is a state of mind that we need to cultivate every day, an exercise that is essential to our mental and spiritual health. And it’s […]
Saturday, August 13Not much activity today, a couple of the group members readied themselves to return home.John and Gary would leave us in the afternoon, both of them taking Mount Herman Road as the quickest way off of Rampart Range and onto the I-25 corridor.Before they left, a group picture of all the Revival Attendees:Me, […]
Thursday, August 11We rode out at around 1030 AM, Rich and I taking the shortcut via Hotel Gulch while John and Gary rode a paved route towards a rendevouz point just north of Woodland Park, CO.Hotel Gulch was nothing I'd take a regular car down, steep slopes with off camber sections that might interfere with […]
“The people are angry, especially the businesses, about the quarantine. And the saloons are giving us a bad time. We have the police checking up on them, making sure they’re really closed, which just adds to the anger.”
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 […]
I had so much fun doing this podcast episode with martial arts, self-defense, and violence expert (and fellow writer) Wim Demeere. We discussed all the foregoing topics and more in the context of the principles of good storytelling. For example:Why the fascination with violence generally? And how do you depict it compellingly on the page or […]
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 […]
Extreme birders know where St. Paul Island is. So do Bering Sea crab fishermen. Most other travelers think St. Paul is the city next to Minneapolis. Think again. The island ... The post Hello from the edge of the world: St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea (25 percent off) 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 […]
The Alaska Department of Law appears to have no interest in whether retired Kotzebue teacher Paul Atkins was illegally collecting permanent fund dividends (PFDs) for years, but says that if anyone else […]
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 meat loaf is a great way to perk up any week night. It has lean ground beef, finely crushed corn chips, mild green chiles and cheese in it and then its "frosted" with refried beans + salsa before you bake it.I like to serve this with Spanish rice and coleslaw. It is a tasty change […]
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 […]
Oh it's been a while. Sorry. This has been a good summer for my garden and I've been spending a lot of time out there. Anyway, here's a new coloring page. The big blank spot at the bottom of the chess board is so it can be personalized as you wish as a sign for a […]
Please join us for a celebration as we dedicate Beaver Lake/Herring Cove Trail and Salmon Lake Trail into the Old-Growth Forest Network (OGFN), a national network of protected and publicly accessible old-growth or mature forests. These two trails will be … 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 […]
This is THE dessert you make when you’ve found fresh apples in the store or when you’ve been out picking apples in the orchard! Nothing says FALL, spooky season, and ... Read more The post Old Fashioned Apple Crisp 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 […]
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 […]