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Republican Dan Sullivan wins Senate race in Alaska

AP Alaska News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 6:48pm
Republican Dan Sullivan wins Senate race in Alaska Associated Press - 12 November 2014 03:48-05:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Senate elections, Elections, Legislature, Campaigns, Campaign advertising, Government appointments and nominations People, Places and Companies: Mark Begich, Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Sarah Palin, Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, United States, Juneau Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

APNewsBreak: GOP promises Cassidy a committee seat

AP Politics - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 6:47pm
APNewsBreak: GOP promises Cassidy a committee seat Associated Press - 12 November 2014 03:47-05:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics, Senate elections, Elections, Legislature, Environmental laws and regulations, Run-off elections, Air pollution, Political parties, Environment, Environment and nature, Government regulations, Air quality, Pollution, Environmental concerns, Political organizations People, Places and Companies: Bill Cassidy, Mary Landrieu, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, United States, Louisiana Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Scientists set for historic comet landing attempt

AP Top news - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 6:40pm
Scientists set for historic comet landing attempt Associated Press - 12 November 2014 03:40-05:00 News Topics: General news, Science, Space exploration, Space industry, Aerospace and defense industry, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business People, Places and Companies: Europe Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Walker retains lead in Alaska governor's race

AP Alaska News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 6:32pm
Walker retains lead in Alaska governor's race Associated Press - 12 November 2014 03:32-05:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Gubernatorial elections, State elections, Elections, State governments, Campaigns People, Places and Companies: Sean Parnell, Mark Begich, Alaska Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

India's sterilization drive leaves at least 8 dead

AP Health News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 6:11pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — At least eight Indian women are dead and 20 others seriously ill Wednesday after undergoing free sterilization operations, highlighting the risks women face in reproductive health in a country struggling with high population growth and widespread poverty. 2014-11-11T17:04:00-05:00 2014-11-11T22:04:51-05:00

Caroline Goodwin: Wintergreen

49 Writers - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 7:00am


In Charles Baxter’s book The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot, he claims that “Between staging and subtexts a bewildering relationship seems to exist. Writers must often use a staggering amount of surface bric-a-brac to suggest an indistinct presence underneath that surface. The stronger the presence of the unspoken and the unseen, the more gratuitous details seem to be required, a proliferation that signifies a world both solid and haunted.”
In my teaching, I start out by harping on this idea, encouraging students to go ahead and write like crazy, including as many tiny details as possible: the names of streets and plants and trees, the image of the sun behind the black spruce, the specific sound of a truck on the street, etc. This is to encourage the exploration of that surface, that “bric-a-brac” (a word from the French and according to Wikipedia: first used in the Victorian era, refers to lesser objets d’art forming collections of curios such as elaborately decorated teacups and small vases, compositions of feathers or wax flowers under glass domes, decorated eggshells, porcelain figurines, painted miniatures or photographs in stand-up frames, and so on.) By claiming the freedom to explore the bric-a-brac, I believe that the other world is invited to the surface. This can be done by writers of any level of experience, at any time (and is a great antidote for writer’s block).
I am obsessed with this concept of the surface and the subtext... I adore anything made with seed beads and quills, little bottles or plants in windows, and I am fascinated by the windowsills of houses... what people choose to put in that clear space that defines the limits of the home. People can see these displays from both inside and outside which seems, to me, completely amazing. What is the relationship between exterior and interior? How do we choose to decorate that space?
Early in a class, I ask students to answer the question “I don’t know why I remember...” and then write a very freely-constructed list of objects, images, memories, names, places, etc. even if they don’t make sense at all. Under the surface of this list is the presence, whatever it is that haunts the writer, that emotional truth that will continue to provide inspiration. Dylan Thomas wrote about the process of an image being “made” in him, and a different, contradicting or destructive image being “made” as a consequence in a different part of the poem, so the writing embodies the dual forces of existence: construction and destruction. All quite abstract, I know... but fascinating nonetheless. A central question for any writer: what haunts your imagination? What bothers you?
After I was born on July 7, 1964, my parents brought me home to their little house on Wintergreen Street, which always seemed to me a gorgeous name. Wintergreen: what better embodiment of this concept? Winter (white, cold) green (living, growing). My parents had re-built the floor-to-ceiling bookshelf that had toppled over on March 27 in the Good Friday earthquake (my excuse for all bad behavior: I was seriously shaken up in the womb). Mr. & Mrs. Massey lived next door with a wiener dog; the first video ever taken of me was in our little back yard, McKinley chain link fence in the background where I threw a red ball into the air and shrieked when it landed on my head. 
When I was five we moved to Dimond Drive, another compelling name (to my ear), and I grew up watching the Campbell Creek Classic from my back porch, ice skating with my neighbors in the winter, hanging off the “round & round” at Wickersham Park, paddling out into the pond at the gravel pit on our makeshift raft... My next-door neighbor Skip had a beautiful collie named Lady and a variety of muscle cars, the neighbors on the other side had four kids and are now my Facebook friends (I spent a lot of time at their place after school playing “poison shooters” when the street graders came, or seeing how far we could get around the corner before the dog, Stranger, heard us and came howling around the corner right up to the fence). Our side yard was a tangle of red currants and gooseberries. In winter I walked to school in the dark and walked home in the dark, a fact that fascinated my new friends when we moved to suburban Maryland in 1976.
I haven’t spent much time in Anchorage since we moved away when I was twelve, but the sensory images of my childhood sure won’t let me go. I can’t wait to walk down Dimond Blvd again, smell the November air, and experience whatever memories my body and mind have retained these fifty years. What specific images haunt you?
Caroline Goodwin moved from Sitka to California in 1999 to attend Stanford as a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry. She is currently serving as San Mateo County’s first poet laureate and teaching at California College of the Arts in Oakland. Her book is Trapline from JackLeg Press. Register today for her three-hour 49 Writers workshop "Composition by Juxtaposition," for writers of poetry at all levels of experience, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 22.



Categories: Arts & Culture

Official Presentation of “Resilience” Chilkat robe

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 5:56am

Many, many braids in weaving “Resilience” Chilkat robe by Clarissa Rizal – 2014

HEADS UP!  For those of you living in the Portland, Oregon area:  I will be doing a public presentation on Chilkat weaving and a Power Point Presentation of weaving my latest Chilkat robe “Resilience” at the Portland Art Museum on Friday evening, December 5, 2014 at 5:30pm.  Guitarist extraordinaire Dan Shanks, will be performing the live soundtrack. —  If you are in the area, come on by!  Two woven Child-size ensembles, one in Ravenstail and the other in Chilkat, be on display only during this presentation.  Also, I will have a few things available for sale:  my Chilkat Weaving Handbook, greeting cards, Chilkat prints, etc. See you soon!

Categories: Arts & Culture

So you want to learn Icelandic and you don’t know where to start…

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 2:11pm
What about your library’s website? The Juneau Public Libraries’ website is a point of access to Mango Languages, an interactive and fun program for language learning; and free for Alaskans! Moreover, Mango languages doesn’t only give you access to the most popular languages, like Spanish or French. It includes up to 64 languages, and you […]
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Juvenile Literature Reviews, September 2014 meeting

Juneau Public Library Blog - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:17am
Volunteers and librarians read and discuss new books for young readers. Andrew Draws   Written and illustrated by David McPhail I liked when the animals jumped right out of the pictures. I didn’t like the long hair on the boy. I would recommend this to others. I would like to tell the author that I like […]
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Finding Fela @ Goldtown Nickelodeon

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:44am
I’m hosting a screening of the film Finding Fela on December 8th at The Goldtown Nickelodeon in Juneau! The screening will only happen if we sell 50 tickets by 12/1, so I need your help.  Head over to the Event Page to reserve your tickets. Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his […]
Categories: Arts & Culture

Chilkat Warp Trick-of-Trade

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 5:52am

Washed Chilkat warp is pulled tight and set out to dry

Here’s a trick-of-the-trade to create smoother, more even Chilkat or Ravenstail warp with no give: after you wash your warp, pull tight as you wrap the warp around the back of a chair — let dry thoroughly, then groom.

Why do you want a smother, move even warp with no give?  When you are weaving your weft yarns over this warp, you will notice a less bumpy, more evenly-laid fabric.

Periodically I post various tricks-of-the-trade in regards to spinning, weaving, designing or anything else I may think of to post here on my blog for all you wonderful artists/craftspeople out there in the world!–for more tricks, check out “Tools-of-the-Trade in the column to the right…

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Libros en español en la biblioteca

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 3:07pm
¿Sabìa usted que las bibliotecas municipales tienen libros en español tanto para niños como para adultos? Si nunca los ha encontrado acèrquese al mostrador y pregunte a los bliotecarios, ellos estaràn encantados de ayudarle a encontrar libros en español tanto para usted como para sus niños.
Categories: Arts & Culture

Reviews of Juvenile Literature, Summer 2014

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 12:33pm
Reviews of a variety of new books for young readers. Being Sloane Jacobs written by Lauren Morrill This “Prince and the Pauper” story is fairly predictable in terms of resolution, but still, the journey to that resolution is thoroughly enjoyable. Two young women named Sloane Jacobs—one the daughter of a senator, the other the daughter […]
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Superintendent speaks out about student privacy rights

Juneau School District Announcements - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:40pm

Supe's On  - Welcome to the Superintendent's Blog

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School District Report on Investigation into Hazing

Juneau School District Announcements - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:35pm

The Juneau School District has concluded our investigation into allegations that on or about May 30-31 of this year a group of incoming senior boys hazed/initiated a group of incoming freshmen boys by paddling them multiple times.

These events were first brought to our attention in early June. At that time the district began an initial investigation, which, due to an active police investigation and summer vacation, was put on hold. When we were informed that the police had concluded their investigation we resumed our efforts.

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