On October 14, 2012, Governor Parnell had an opinion piece in the Juneau Empire titled, “From Rampant to Rare – Domestic Violence in Alaska”, to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. He focused on his signature social issue of reducing violence against women.
I’m sifting through the business cards, notes, and notations from the 3rd Vision2020/Drexel University Congress in Portland, Oregon. I got home late yesterday after a long day of flying broken up by a wonderful lunch date with our daughter in Seattle.
Vision2020 is an ambitious program to achieve equality for women in five areas by the year 2020:
* Increase the number of women in senior leadership positions in American life to reflect the workforce talent pool and demographics;
This has been a great year for women in the Olympics. In sport after sport, we've seen women break records and inspire millions of spectators around the world. There are women competitors from small countries that I need to Google, and women from the biggies like the United States, China and Russia.
The future of Juneau is much brighter now for our downtown grocery store and the terrific people who work there. We will soon see a Foodland IGA sign over the entrance. It will be right over that little eating area where the guys in the ball caps go to drink coffee, women meet their friends to catch up, and folks eat lunch.
There was an IGA store in Montello, Wisconsin, where my mom grew up. Her sister, Kathleen, would call it the “Igga” Store. My first thought when I saw the article in the August 31st Juneau Empire was of Aunt Kathleen.
Today is Pearl Harbor Day, the day we commemorate the air strikes on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the invasion by the Japanese. My mother's first cousin, Harold Arneberg, died on the U.S.S. Vestal. My mother's beloved and only brother, Bill Collins, was killed during the war. Forever young, his photo was always in a prominent place in our home.
All this snow reminds me of the one and only time I used a snowblower. Fortunately, no one died. That particular winter, Doug, the Official Snowblower, was going out of town, but snow doesn't take a hiatus so he showed me how to start it. He demonstrated the basics of maneuvering it around, cautioned me to be careful, and left. Doug always clears the whole driveway and the berm, and often takes care of the neighbor's berm while he's at it.
Since I posted the blog on the connections between the City of Juneau, the cruise ships, and the jewelry stores, I've gotten lots of interesting comments on this page, by email, and on Facebook.
I've also been talking about this with folks and wondering if there is a will to use some kind of zoning to keep Southeast Alaska core downtowns vibrant and alive twelve months of the year. Can you zone an area for stores that must be open at least 10 months a year?
We humans had a terrific Christmas this year. Thoughtful gifts. Great food. Happy grandchildren. Our daughter Amy and Olive, her Blue Heeler, came up from Seattle. The exception to the overall joy was Deacon, our reclusive generally weird black cat, who spent the holidays hiding behind the paint cans on a shelf in a dark corner of the garage. The area in front of the shelf is blocked with a blue plastic tub full of boat stuff, two emptied Kitty Litter buckets overflowing with golf balls, and our pickup truck.
The Fall/Winter 2012 Syracuse Cultural Workers catalog turned up in our mailbox with its L.L. Bean and Soft Surroundings brethren the other day. Of the three, it's the only one that proclaims itself "Earth & Union Friendly". The SCW catalog is an unapologetic treasure trove of lefty, feminist, and power to the people posters, calendars, cards, bookmarks, and books.
We can help our fellow Americans on the east coast by donating to the Red Cross at www.redcross.org. They've got it all set up to take our donations specifically for the victims of the monster storm with the cuddly name "Sandy".