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By: Melissa Griffiths on September 23, 2014 - 4:59pm - Add new comment

Housing in Juneau is notoriously expensive, whether renting or buying a single-family home, but paying Juneau's high prices might be worth it when you consider the alternative — dressing as a marmot?

By: Melissa Griffiths on August 22, 2014 - 4:09pm - Add new comment

On sunny days in the Empire newsroom we often open the doors to let in a cool breeze — but this afternoon we got a little more than fresh air — we got a live bird.

We often have crows perched along the railings of the two balconies with access to the newsroom. To my knowledge, today was the first day one of the birds decided he was too good for the balcony and ventured indoors.

By: Melissa Griffiths on July 21, 2014 - 11:46am - Add new comment

Mod Carousel founder The Luminous Pariah, aka Seneca Harper, has returned to Juneau once again with his troupe of "boylesque" performers to entertain and enchant his favorite audience — his hometown. 

Weekend one of Mod Carousel was a "Best of" blend from performances past, including an homage to Alaska living that features a couple stuffed salmon with a surprise in their bellies. It's vastly preferable to find a pair of sequined heels in our sealife than the typical bits of discarded plastic. 

By: Melissa Griffiths on June 3, 2014 - 11:49am - Add new comment

#YesAllWomen is a hashtag that started trending following the Isla Vista shooting, but it's not just about the shooting, or shootings in general, or those women — it's about the experiences of all women, regardless of age, race, class, location or any other factors. Yes, all women experience misogyny. 

By: Melissa Griffiths on April 15, 2014 - 5:41pm - Add new comment

A lot has happened in the last few months, from that fateful email congratulating me on being a nominee for a GLAAD Media Award — What? How? OMG! — to returning to Juneau Monday evening with a 10-lb. award that will also grace the mantels of the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Laverne Cox, among many others. 

By: Melissa Griffiths on April 7, 2014 - 4:32pm - Add new comment

When I realized that I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change had two casts, I was torn — which cast do I see? 

By: Melissa Griffiths on March 31, 2014 - 12:07pm - Add new comment

I had woken up from a nightmare, earlier than normal for me, when I received an email that I was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Instead of going back to sleep, I obsessively read everything possible about the awards and nominees and grew increasingly excited. There was certainly a period of disbelief — how on earth did GLAAD even come across a series in the Juneau Empire? 

By: Melissa Griffiths on March 6, 2014 - 3:28pm - Add new comment

I was at the Alaska Robotics Gallery on a weekend when George Kuhar, with wife and fellow musician Bridget Kuhar, asked if I wanted to be in a music video. I shrugged and said sure. 

It was the right answer.

George asked the same thing of a couple dozen people around town. We all sang a line or two of a song from the Kuhars' music project Playboy Spaceman's newest album "One Heart Army."

The result is a joyful music video that is sure to put a smile on your face.

 

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The video was down temporarily, but has been reposted with a minor edit.

By: Melissa Griffiths on January 25, 2014 - 10:30pm - Add new comment

Scratch, scratch, scratch. Squeak. Rustle, rustle. 

Those are the sounds made by my unwelcome newest housemate.

Beau, the dog, was certain of his presence before I would admit we had a mouse in the house — I'm still convinced he's a lone mouse — but I couldn't deny it any longer when I stared the mouse in his tiny, furry, adorable face in the living room. Beau seems intent on conquering the mouse himself, so I called for him. He doesn't listen well. The mouse took the cue better than my faithful guard dog and scurried back to a hiding place. 

By: Melissa Griffiths on December 23, 2013 - 5:59pm - Add new comment

Now and then a well-meaning grammarian or stylist will contact me with a critique; sometimes I'm wrong, sometimes I'm right, and sometimes it's just a matter of potato and po-tah-to. 

The English language is a tricky one, with Latin and Germanic roots, with exceptions to every rule and, like many languages, it is constantly changing to keep up with common usage. 

Today I had a message regarding anniversary announcements and the pluralization of names ending in 's.'

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