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Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy

AP Top news - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 8:16pm
Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy Associated Press - 20 April 2015 04:16-04:00 News Topics: General news, World War II, War and unrest, Space industry, Events, Aerospace and defense industry, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Japan, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Police: 6 dead in bomb attack on UN bus in Somalia

AP Top news - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 7:55pm
Police: 6 dead in bomb attack on UN bus in Somalia Associated Press - 20 April 2015 03:55-04:00 News Topics: General news, Bombings, Militant groups, Transportation, War and unrest People, Places and Companies: Somalia, East Africa Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Malta to bury 24 victims of latest shipwreck tragedy

AP Top news - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 7:52pm
Malta to bury 24 victims of latest shipwreck tragedy Associated Press - 20 April 2015 03:52-04:00 News Topics: General news, Political refugees, Government and politics, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Matteo Renzi, Barack Obama, Muammar Gaddafi, Antonio Guterres, Italy, Libya, Sicily, Malta, Middle East, Europe Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Longtime Marco Rubio-Jeb Bush alliance fades in GOP contest

AP US News - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 7:16pm
Longtime Marco Rubio-Jeb Bush alliance fades in GOP contest Associated Press - 20 April 2015 03:16-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, United States Presidential Election, Events, Presidential elections, 2016 United States Presidential Election, State legislature, State governments, Campaigns, Primary elections, Government spending, Legislature, Political parties, National elections, Elections, Fiscal policy, Economic policy, Economy, Business, Government business and finance, Government policy, Political organizations People, Places and Companies: Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Al Cardenas, Dennis Ross, Florida, New Hampshire Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Researcher denied airline flight after tweet about hacking

AP Technology News - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 7:11pm
Researcher denied airline flight after tweet about hacking Associated Press - 20 April 2015 03:11-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics, Aviation safety and security, Transportation safety, Transportation People, Places and Companies: San Francisco Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Clinton trying to recapture that old New Hampshire magic

AP US News - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 7:04pm
Clinton trying to recapture that old New Hampshire magic Associated Press - 20 April 2015 03:04-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, United States Presidential Election, Events, Campaigns, Elections, Presidential elections, National elections People, Places and Companies: Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, New Hampshire, Keene Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Suggested Exercise For Weavers

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 5:02pm

Tibetan 5 Rites – from Qi Gong class – 1994 — Suggested number of times for each separate movement is 5

Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers will sit for many hours at a time enjoying ourselves as we watch our weavings come to life; it’s always exciting!  To counterbalance the long hours of sitting, the above simple movements can help keep us flexible.   Our bodies are vehicles, they are a tool to help us enjoy, achieve, create, re-create and live our lives.  More often than not, every one of us abuse and/or ignore our bodies in some form or another and we wonder how come we don’t feel or look good?  If we desire longevity with our current capabilities to be mobile and continue creating our weavings, we need to incorporate good health habits now and always.

Like many of us indigenous folk, there are many ways I had kept fit naturally while maintaining every-day life:  I used to live up three flights of stairs and hauled everything from firewood, to kids, to groceries, musical instruments, costumes and props, weaving looms, pounds of fresh caught fish and lots of 5-gallon buckets of fresh berries, painting and art supplies, furniture, new washer, dryer, refigerator and piano.  I once had a landscape company for 13 years where I specialized in building rock walls and digging up indigenous plants hauling them from the woods or beach and replanting with domestic plants and trees.  Living this way is a wholistic approach to keeping healthy, physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally.   I enjoyed silent pride in the strength of my body, mind and spirit.  And instead of signing up for a gym membership, I got paid to “work out.”

I am no longer that active; haven’t been for the past 20 years since I left Alaska part time, and especially the past 7 years since all the family changes that took place during this time period.   Slowly but surely, I gotta admit, even though I am not overweight per se, my muscles have all gone flabby.  I know it ain’t easy for you to read this, but there you have it; that’s what I get for pushing 60 and no longer living on 3 flights of stairs.

Two weeks ago, when I caught a glimpse of myself jumping down from the attic steps and I saw all that shaking going on in my arms, I was flabbergasted!  Or maybe I ought to say “flabby – gasted…?”  I also found out that I have lost some hearing in my left ear.  When I asked my Left Hand Corner what to do about possibly regaining the hearing or at least not losing any more of it, the answer was:  do the “Tibetan 5 Rites…”   Huh?  Okay, I’m not going to argue.   Like my usual self, when I see or experience something I don’t like, if it’s in my personal power to do something about it, I’ll make a change.

I used to do these 5 Tibetan Rites years ago when I had learned Tai Chi, and they were very easy, no problem.  Two weeks ago on the very first day of doing these rites, I discovered how weak my body was; I could barely hold myself up without shaking, and some of the moves I could only do twice.   I was surprised, yet not.  Today, I do the recommended dosage of moves:  5 of each of the 5 moves.  With my meditative exercise plan, I have integrated a few Qi Gong movements along with a simple version of a Tai Chi movement.  It feels good to feel my body becoming stronger.

God willing, I have every intention of being as healthy as I possibly can while aging into the last 1/4 century of my life.  I’ve got lots of things I still must do before I kick any bucket.  And when I kick that bucket, I would rather avoid any shaking flab!

Categories: Arts & Culture

And then there was Richard Siken…

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 8:44am

I hope you’ll take a moment to walk with Richard through this postcard and in that moment, by which I mean a universe, you will connect your love for poetry with a love for independent publishers like Copper Canyon Press and Spork Press. Perhaps even that will lead you along a path and at the end of that path, Richard’s long awaited second poetry collection, War of the Foxes.

Please consider supporting this project.

This video says everything I’ve longed to say about why I come to poetry, why my hands too are birds becoming and unbecoming and always flying. Thanks Copper Canyon Press and Richard for this gift.


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Categories: Arts & Culture

Superintendent speaks out about student privacy rights

Juneau School District Announcements - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:40pm

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 - 4:35pm

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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