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By: Melissa Griffiths on July 2, 2013 - 4:48pm - Add new comment

Late this spring, when we were first having that summery weather, I decided to weed out and garden a patch in my back yard. I had helped my mom garden in the past and I've written an article or two (three, actually) about other people gardening, so I figured it was something I could handle.

After one day of grueling weeding and turning over of soil with a shovel, I had cleared about a quarter of the yard. Let's call it good.

By: Melissa Griffiths on August 20, 2013 - 7:07pm - Add new comment

For better or for worse, I don't imagine many people can go to a reunion without comparing it to Romy and Michele's — or is that just me?

My reunion probably wasn't as fancy as in the movie, the lighting wasn't as dramatic and I'll admit that music from the late '90s and early '00s was mostly worse than Cindy Lauper's Time After Time.

By: Melissa Griffiths on October 1, 2013 - 6:04pm - Add new comment

Though the biggest debate seems to be over whether the potential Vista Drive development is in North Douglas, West Juneau or Douglas — it is quite confusing for someone fresh to Juneau, or anyone who hasn't lived on the Island, so let's give our new City and Education reporter a break — the debate raging in my head was whether or not to call out the concern trolls. 

By: Melissa Griffiths on May 28, 2013 - 2:54pm - Add new comment

Six years ago today I disembarked a plane after a milk-run from Seattle and an early morning departure from Portland, Ore., two weeks after graduating from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and happy to be leaving my parents' house in Redmond, Ore. — we can get along for a maximum of two weeks. Fresh off the plane, my friend Lauren Brooks took me to the Mendenhall Glacier. 

By: Melissa Griffiths on May 20, 2013 - 3:33pm - Add new comment

I had a Nancy Drew adventure today. Sort of. 

By: Melissa Griffiths on April 8, 2013 - 10:00pm - Add new comment

In August of 2012 I spent hours listening to Bill Overstreet tell his life story, from birth in a small Oklahoma town to current projects — the man was 86 and still had current projects! Tonight I answered the phone after hours to the news that he had died this afternoon. 

By: Melissa Griffiths on July 18, 2013 - 10:29pm - Add new comment

I could name many reasons for liking our new publisher, Rustan, but I would be lying if I didn't say a big factor was his decision to let me bring my dog to work. Is that selfish? Nah, I've had a lot of co-workers express happiness at having Beau the Dog in the office. I think this decision is indicative of a desire to foster job satisfaction and a community feel at the Empire. 

Why is having Beau the Dog at work positive?

By: Melissa Griffiths on July 24, 2013 - 3:54pm - Add new comment

I want to clone Michael Penn and make the clone work nights and weekends so I'm never pressed to take a photo again. When Michael's not available, I often find myself toting a DSLR camera to events and hoping I'll get lucky, that I'll have the right shutter speed, the right f-stop, the right white balance — if it sounds like I know what I'm doing, I've fooled you. Fancy cameras with all those different settings continue to befuddle me. I should probably take a proper photography class instead of this fake it 'til you make it style of taking as many photos as time and an SD card will allow.

By: Melissa Griffiths on July 25, 2012 - 4:02pm - Add new comment

There are locals who won't step foot downtown during the summer months because of the locust-like swarms of tourists — living downtown, sometimes I wish I could practice avoidance — but the tourists, when they find their way out of the diamond stores, are on to something. We live in a super great place. That's why we live here, after all. 

By: Melissa Griffiths on August 28, 2012 - 6:09pm - Add new comment

Almost every week I have the pleasure of handling engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements. The photos are often of two people looking lovingly at one another, almost with giant sparkles in their eyes, or a couple with arms wrapped around one another like they want to never let go, or sometimes it is of two people with laughing smiles and eyes squinting because, obviously, they find joy in each other's company. 

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