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Storm-weary Oklahoma braces for more tornadoes this weekend

AP US News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 8:00pm
Storm-weary Oklahoma braces for more tornadoes this weekend Associated Press - 8 May 2015 23:35-04:00 News Topics: General news, Weather forecasts, Weather, Storms, Floods, Tornadoes, Disaster planning and response, Natural disasters, Accidents and disasters People, Places and Companies: Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Illinois justices overturn state's landmark 2013 pension law

AP US News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 8:00pm
Illinois justices overturn state's landmark 2013 pension law Associated Press - 8 May 2015 18:22-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government pensions and social security, State budgets, Government programs, State courts, Government and politics, Lawsuits, Supreme courts, Civil service, Government business and finance, Business, Government budgets, Government finance, State governments, Courts, Judiciary, Legal proceedings, Law and order, National courts, National governments People, Places and Companies: Pat Quinn, John Cullerton, Illinois Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Conley's comeback stirs memories of gritty performances

AP Basketball News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 6:30pm
Conley's comeback stirs memories of gritty performances Associated Press - 7 May 2015 02:43-04:00 News Topics: Sports, Athlete injuries, Men's sports, NBA basketball, NBA Finals, NBA Playoffs, NFL Playoffs, MLB Playoffs, Professional football, Men's basketball, Athlete health, Professional basketball, Basketball, Events, Football, NFL football, MLB baseball, Professional baseball, Baseball People, Places and Companies: Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Chris Paul, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Rocco Mediate, Steve Yzerman, Willis Reed, Muhammad Ali Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Shaquille O'Neal tumbles on set of TNT halftime report

AP Basketball News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 6:30pm
Shaquille O'Neal tumbles on set of TNT halftime report Associated Press - 7 May 2015 02:40-04:00 News Topics: Sports, Men's basketball, NBA basketball, Men's sports, Basketball, Professional basketball, Arts and entertainment, Television programs, Entertainment Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Harden has big 4th quarter; Rockets beat Clippers 115-109

AP Basketball News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 6:30pm
Harden has big 4th quarter; Rockets beat Clippers 115-109 Associated Press - 7 May 2015 01:50-04:00 News Topics: Sports, Athlete injuries, Men's sports, NBA basketball, Men's basketball, Athlete health, Professional basketball, Basketball People, Places and Companies: James Harden, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Doc Rivers, Matt Barnes, Houston Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

N. Korea says it tested ballistic missile from submarine

AP Technology News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 6:30pm
N. Korea says it tested ballistic missile from submarine Associated Press - 8 May 2015 21:48-04:00 News Topics: General news, Technology, Weapons testing, International relations, Weapons technology, Weapons administration, Military and defense, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il, North Korea, South Korea, East Asia Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

ABC will make another Shonda Rhimes series for next year

AP Entertainment News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 6:29pm
ABC will make another Shonda Rhimes series for next year Associated Press - 8 May 2015 14:21-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Television programs, Entertainment People, Places and Companies: Mireille Enos Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Marcia Brown, award-winning book illustrator, dead at 96

AP Entertainment News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 6:29pm
Marcia Brown, award-winning book illustrator, dead at 96 Associated Press - 8 May 2015 12:27-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Obituaries, Children's books, Children's entertainment, Entertainment, Books and literature People, Places and Companies: New York Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Blur's accidental reunion pays big dividends

AP Entertainment News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 6:29pm
Blur's accidental reunion pays big dividends Associated Press - 8 May 2015 10:20-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Music, Entertainment, Rock music People, Places and Companies: Damon Albarn, Tank, Neil Young, Hong Kong Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Yelp may put out 'for sale' sign after 1st quarter letdown

AP Technology News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 5:00pm
Yelp may put out 'for sale' sign after 1st quarter letdown Associated Press - 7 May 2015 18:16-04:00 News Topics: Business, Technology, Social media, Online media industry, Online media, Restaurants, Media, Media industry, Media and entertainment industry, Industries, Food and drink, Lifestyle People, Places and Companies: Steve Jobs, Marissa Mayer, San Francisco, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

2 starts

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:37pm

2 starts, both fall into the item cat <far from profound>

</end speculation>

order of operations

i’m perpetually taking things apart
that I put together prematurely
always skipping what seem like
poorly written instructions
that turn out to be essential

maybe i should look at this deck
like a math problem
maybe this life too
I should be working backwards
reverse engineering a solution
based on the idealized finished product
rather than working fast forwards
then four steps backwards when
it becomes clear
i cannot drill pilot holes
for lag screws
for rail posts
once the deck boards are in place

in place(s) though
frequently out of place

i’m the guy in the fuzzy GIF
never quite dropping my hammer
on the head of a hard to reach
nail

___

mirror mirror

am I seeing?
is that me or the idea of me?
is that reflection, misshapen by cheap laminated plastic
a document?
a curated [framed] representation {abstract}
of what I think I am?
certainly easier to put that on display
hang that idea of me on a white gallery wall
than to take the actual me (whoever/whatever/wherever)
that is
and place me out of place in that place
where people seek to see art representing place

 


Filed under: absurdity, experiments, glimpses
Categories: Arts & Culture

Seminole Patchwork Borders

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:04am

A roll of Seminole Indian Patchwork waits to become borders for button blanket robes designed and made by Clarissa Rizal

Back in 2005, I was given the honor to design and create a button blanket robe for a prominent elder in our community, Ethel Lund.  The border of the robe was a Seminole Indian patchwork trimmed out with Navajo ribbon work.  The robe is called “Frog Speaks” — it is part of my button blanket collection on my website at this link:  http://clarissarizal.com/gallery/button-robes/

I have several feet of this roll of Seminole Indian patchwork wide enough for the borders to a couple of button blanket robes — with all the designs and options of fabrics, etc., it’s so hard to make up my mind how I want them to turn out!  The possibilities are endless!  You ever have that problem!?

 

Categories: Arts & Culture

Clarissa’s Studio Part 1: The “Living Room”

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 4:00am

The Hibiscus blooms fully in Clarissa’s living room

Folks wonder where the heck I live and work; there are only a handful of people who have seen the inside of my studio home, so I figured I would introduce the general public to where I play music, weave, write, sew, draw, paint (and sorry, I won’t be introducing you to my bedroom!).   I work full-time and a half and live part of my year in a remodeled two car garage in the most beautiful part of Colorado.  The studio has no running water, no sewer and has insufficient heat in the wintertime, but I wear my sheepskin boots, sheepskin hat and gloves during the days and sleep in fleece and sweatpants during the bitter cold months in December, January and sometimes February.  Yes, I am working towards someday having a real home though it is gonna take awhile.

The sun sets upon the Easter lilies with what I call  “middle-aged-ladies’-flowers” geraniums blooming in the background

Over the next three months, I will introduce you to various parts of my humble 700 sq.ft. sanctuary divided into sections.  Here are the parts of “Clarissa’s Studio Series”:

  • “The Living Room” where I play music, read, crochet, knit and clear out the coffee table to do Tai Chi;
  • “The Office” where I draft proposals, emails, FB,  grants, letters, update my website and post blog entries;
  • “The Sewing Space” where I sew button robes and clothing for the grandkids;
  • “The Weaving Space” for all my Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving projects on various size looms;
  • “The Grand Table Space” where I do large layouts of robe pattern designs and cut the applique for button robes;
  • “The Drawing Room” where I sketch and finalize drawings for robes, paintings, collages and book illustrations;
  • “The Painting/Collage-making” where I create just that, along with printing limited edition Giclee’ prints and shrinkwrapping them;
  • “Clarissa’s Kitchenette” where I zap an occasional Amy’s TV dinner for lunch and I keep a modest supply of drinking water;
  • “Clarissa’s Storage Units” for beautiful and practical storage of all weaving, spinning, sewing, dyeing, beadworking supplies and recent collection of books

Clarissa’s hand-made Northwest Coast Tlingit carved harp with abalone inlay was recently repaired after nearly 25 years of collecting dust in the attic

I use sheer, white/off-white curtains to divide my spaces.  Since the space is one big room, I want some sense of controlling the cold and heat, keep each work space free from distractions from other projects in the other work spaces, and to create privacy when needed.  For example, compare the above photograph showing the closed curtains behind the couch, and then the open curtains in the photograph below exposing the small kitchenette.  In all posts of the “Clarissa’s Studio Series” take note where I use the curtains.

The open curtains exposes Clarissa’s kitchenette

I live a secluded life during the Fall/Winter in Colorado in comparison to my very social life during the Spring/Summer in Alaska and most recently Yukon.  In Colorado, I fulfill my need for privacy and seclusion, and other than hanging with my grandchildren and children, my main focus is my work; I work 70- 80 hours per week to create as much as I can within the time frame because once I land in Alaska, life is not about me, it’s about including others.  Because I was born and bred in Alaska, and I remain true to my roots and heritage so I attend Native functions and teach classes, and I must harvest my berries and salmon, and I have many long-term friends and family, and the hours of daylight are long and wonderful, so it is very challenging to get any work done, who has time to work indoors!?!?  There are beaches to be walked, oceans to ride, branches to brush aside and big trees to rest under, and always with others!

Clarissa’s music room

So every Springtime before I leave for Alaska, I absorb my serenity and look about me at the little bit of charm I’ve created herewithin, and I appreciate the stillness and silence while I create, create, create.  Life is good as I nourish both aspects of this Gemini being!

Easter lilies at sunset in Clarissa’s music living room; and I’m sure you’ve noticed Clarissa’s red, tenor ukelele to the right!

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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Categories: Arts & Culture

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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Categories: Arts & Culture

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