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Novel plan to curb drug costs seeks candidates' attention

AP Health News - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 7:10pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer-friendly ratings of the benefits of new drugs. Limits on what patients pay. Requiring drug companies to disclose how much they actually spend on research. 2015-09-18T09:35:00-04:00 2015-09-18T13:35:32-04:00

You Don't Have to Write Alone

49 Writers - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 4:32pm
Writing is a lonely business, just you, your thoughts, and your computer/notebook. You work for weeks on a poem or essay or short story, and you aren’t really sure you’re making any progress. You try a different point of conflict, a different line length, a different structure, but still….
It helps to have people who will show you they way they’ve done it. This is the impetus behind the workshops that 49 Writers offers. We want to give you the tools that you need to make what’s in your head be what’s on the page. For example, if you’ve always wanted to write a Thriller but don’t really understand police and court proceedings, you might try Ask Ms. Murder with Marcy McDannel and learn more about that world. Maybe you’re confused (like a lot of us) about how cultivate the dreaded “online presence” that writers need to promote their own work, so Cindy Dyson is going to teach an ONLINE workshop about how to promote your own work online without sacrificing your writing time or your soul. And other workshops, as well, to help you improve your writing skills and get that work out into the world.
The other benefit of workshops, and frankly readings, salons, craft talk, and even blog posts and Facebook is developing a network of writing friends. I know, that dreaded word, “network.” Think of it like a huge extended family, a little loving, a little quirky, but a lot supportive. Let 49 Writers be your family. You don’t have to write alone.
Fall Quick Registration LinksLearn More About These Classes and REGISTER
In AnchorageJUMPSTART YOUR WRITING with Deb VanasseSeptember 26 from 9am-4pm Fiction/Nonfiction
ASK MS. MURDER with Marcy McDanelOctober 3 from 1-4pm Fiction
SONIC SYMPHONIES: HOW TO MAKE YOUR WRITING SING with Alyse KnorrOctober 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 8-10pmAll genres
BURNING WITH LOVE: HOW TO WRITE ABOUT LOVE WITHOUT BLUSHING with Alyse KnorrNovember 3 from 7-10pmAll genres
THE SPIRITUAL IN WRITING: ACROSS FAITH, GENRES, AND TIME with Kathleen TarrNovember 10, 12, 17, and 19 from 7:00-9:30pm (total of 10 hours)All genres
The following classes are asynchronous: there are no scheduled meeting times but there will be weekly assignments and expectations. and everyone will complete the work on their own time. Interaction will utilize text-based formats such as discussion boards.  SCENE, SUMMARY, AND TIME with Andromeda Romano-LaxOctober 12 to November 19+ hours over 3 WeeksGenres: Fiction/Nonfiction
FIRST PERSON COMPLICATED--THE DUAL-VOICED NARRATOR with Andromeda Romano-LaxNovember 2 to November 229+ hours over 3 Weeks
Genres: Fiction/Nonfiction
Categories: Arts & Culture

Site Visit For Tlingit Artists Gathering

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 2:52pm

One of the most up-town covered, outdoor fire pit shelter seats approximately 150 people in a cozy, intimate setting

A little over 10 years ago, when Preston and I had been talking about putting together the first gathering of Northwest Coast Artists to be held during Celebration 2006 in Juneau, Alaska, he had mentioned Islandwood retreat learning center on Bainbridge Island, Washington State as a possible location.  He felt that the location of this beautiful retreat in a heavily wooded forest would  foster a networking of  life-long friendships, kindle collaborations, and create a very tight group of artists where we could truly focus on any art and cultural issues in a very real way.  10 years and 2 Northwest Coast Native artists gatherings later, we finally made it a point to visit IslandWood yesterday; it was obvious to me during this site visit why Preston insisted on IslandWood as the place for conducting next year’s gathering of Tlingit artists – the location of this retreat is astounding!

The purpose of this gathering of Tlingit artists is to establish a loose coalition of mentors to consciously create a mentorship “guide” for our younger generations so we continue to endorse our future artists in whatever field they work.

The warmth of solid oak and maple dining room

There are five, dedicated, professional Tlingit artists who are at the helm of helping to organize this retreat.  They include:  Sue and Israel Shotridge, Donna Beaver Pizzarelli, Preston Singletary and myself.

At this time, Artstream Alaska and the Evergreen Longhouse are two organizations who will help sponsor this gathering.

We will be re-vamping the Artstream Alaska website where we will have information on the gathering.  The goal for website completion is by November this year.

In the meantime, although all of us work together on all aspects of organizing this gathering, we each have organically “fallen into our main roles.”   Sue and Israel works on cultural values and the administration, Preston works on fundraising, Donna gathers materials to eventually design and create the website, and during my travels, I have been networking and collecting names of Tlingit artists.

Standing at the entry to Islandwood’s main hall, program coordinators L to R: Clarissa Rizal, Preston Singletary, Swil Kanim, Sue Shotridge (missing: Donna Beaver Pizzarelli)

At first we were going to invite any and all Northwest Coast artists from any background and tribe.  Then we got to thinking about the differences in some of the values and we thought the gathering will already be challenging enough with the variety of egos, that we would like to keep it simple.  We will be inviting only Tlingit artists for this gathering.  We envision other tribes will be inspired to create their own mentorship program for their next generations.

The main lobby before the “Great Hall…”

IslandWood’s Story:

IslandWood is a nationally recognized outdoor learning center located across Puget Sound from Seattle’s urban center.  IslandWood’s mission is to provide exceptional learning experiences and to inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship.  Each year, more than 25,000 people participate in IslandWood’s programs on the 225-acre campus and in communities throughout the region.  In addition to our school programs, IslandWood offers a graduate program in partnership with the University of Washington, summer camps, and community programs for children and adults.  Revenue from conferences and retreats and contributions from the community enable IslandWood to underwrite our outdoor education programs for children from low-income communities.

For more information on IslandWood, you may visit their website at:

Islandwood Program Director Christine welcomes the four of us to tour the small portion of the 250-acre landscape

As I mentioned earlier, Artstream Alaska will be our main sponsor for this project.  When the re-vamped website is launched by November 1st, we will be inviting selected Tlingit artists to check out all the information to see if they would like to participate.  We are inviting Tlingit artists based on their artistic merit, their involvement in the arts and culture and their obvious concern for the health and well-being of our people.

Sue Shotridge and Preston Singletary walk one of the many paths through the woods on the Islandwood Retreat

Currently, the dates for this 3-day  Tlingit Mentorship Retreat is set for next year, September 16 through the 18th, 2016.  This will be a retreat.  We ask that each artist make a clear commitment all 3 days and nights.  We encourage artists to book any outside activities (i.e. visit family and friends in the Seattle area, shopping, sightseeing, etc.)  before or after the 3 days.

Just outside Islandwood’s “Great Room”

Once the Artstream website is re-vamped and we’ve got our ducks in order (goal is November 1st), we will send out our invites to our Tlingit artists pointing them to read about our mission statement, the confirmed dates and times, the agenda of the mentorship project, the cultural leaders who will be helping to guide this 3-day event, and the list of artists who will be committing to attend this historical event.

Islandwood’s Welcome plaque just before the shed of many hand carts

Our space has a capacity limit of up to 50 artists.   The room and board is covered for each artist attending all 3 days.   At this time, we are seeking funds to help pay up to $250 (or less) for each artist’s travel expenses.  This will be invitation only, though we are open right now to receive names and contact info of anyone who you may know who fits the bill for a Tlingit mentor.

Stay tuned!

Swil Kanim and Preston Singletary discuss the meaning of being a mentor

Mentorship project coordinators L to R: Swil Kanim, Sue Shotridge, Preston Singletary, Clarissa Rizal


Categories: Arts & Culture

Clinton to propose new prescription drug proposal this week

AP Health News - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 10:10am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says she'll soon roll out a proposal for controlling the cost of prescription drugs, a key fix to President Barack Obama's signature health care law. 2015-09-20T17:17:00-04:00 2015-09-20T21:17:03-04:00

Things to know about the flu shot: Lots of options this year

AP Health News - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 6:10am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Give flu vaccine another chance: This year's version got a recipe change that should make it more effective after last winter's misery from a nasty surprise strain of virus. 2015-09-17T23:48:00-04:00 2015-09-18T03:48:34-04:00

Study: Type 2 diabetes pill Jardiance cuts risk of death

AP Health News - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 12:10am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Jardiance sharply reduced chances of dying in diabetic patients at high risk of heart complications, a study shows, making the Type 2 diabetes medication the first shown to lengthen diabetics' lives. 2015-09-17T13:49:00-04:00 2015-09-17T17:49:58-04:00

Capitol Hill Buzz: Stewart lobbying for Sept. 11 responders

AP Health News - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 12:10am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedian Jon Stewart turned serious Wednesday as he lobbied members of Congress to permanently extend a law providing medical monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders. 2015-09-17T04:31:00-04:00 2015-09-17T08:31:05-04:00

Cruise Ship Berth Project Information

CBJ Hot Topic - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 12:00am
Categories: Local Happenings

Day of Play

Treadwell Ice Arena - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 5:41pm
Come skate for FREE Saturday, Sept. 12 for the 6th annual CBJ Day of Play! 2 40 minute sessions will be available-12:30-1:10 1:30-2:10. Rental skates are limited & are 1st come 1st served.
Categories: Outdoors

Youth Hockey Registration

Treadwell Ice Arena - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 5:40pm
JDIA registration is going on NOW. Check out their website for more info!
Categories: Outdoors


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