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‘Do you have electricity?’ and other stupid interview questions

By far, the best part of my job is listening to people talk about their passion for art. I can honestly say that in the hundreds of interviews I’ve conducted over the past three years, every single one has been interesting, largely for that reason: when you get people talking about why they’ve made art part of their lives, you eventually touch on the very things that make them tick. I’m often reminded after interviews that art is in many ways one of the purest expressions of our individuality, what makes each of us unique in a world of billions.

One Week In

           One week in, and the journey is in full swing. As expected, basketball has been occupying the majority of my time but I have had the opportunity to fully unpack, and briefly explore the immediate surrounding area. With the exception of a couple of days, we have had two practices a day. Weights and/or conditioning in the morning and basketball practice in the afternoon. I feel almost like I’m back in college at summer school- minus the schoolwork. The day-to-day schedule is very similar.

I went where bears were not

I went where bears were not.
I had intended to go where bears would be and where I was assured that bears would be in abundance.
However, they were not.
This was my first "paid for" guided Pack Creek bear experience.
I should have known better.
My previous encounters with guides on guided bear experiences seldom resulted in my obtaining the photograph I desired.
Guided experiences generally stopped me from doing what I normally liked to do in the woods: rolling about in the dirt, swimming in the water and hanging in trees.

Thank you, John Williams!

Thank you, John Williams!

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.

Paycheck Gap is Real

On August 23, 2012, carolyn V. Brown of the League of Women Voters wrote an editorial to honor Women’s Equality Day titled “Equality – There is work to be done.” The op-ed talked about the issues still facing women, including the paycheck gap. In the comments section below, “noroadfugtive” disputed the idea of a wage gap between the genders, quoting Steve Tobak in a CBS News piece.

All the news that fits

This blog is a place for, among other things, news that doesn’t quite fit in the paper for one reason or another. Here are two of the items that have been building up this summer in my electronic “Out” basket:

• A cautionary tale about a bear and a scooter

Two nice young newlyweds who came to town to work as seasonals moved into the Starr Hill area and were immediately warned about the bears.  This couple shared a dangerous dream — they really wanted to see bears. They kept their eyes peeled but not a bear was to be seen.

And Miles To Go Before I Sleep

It all started innocently enough. The weather forecast was perfect and Scott and I had the day off together, so we decided to go for a hike up Blackerby Ridge. If we started early enough, we could easily get up Cairn Peak and then over to Observation Peak, which I had never climbed. This was the plan – a good effort, a new peak for me, and a beautiful late summer day spent high in the mountains.

Staying alive while driving in England

This summer was all about travel. We signed up for a Grand Circle Travel boat trip from Honfleur to Paris on the Seine, a pre-trip tour of London and a post-trip tour of Paris. Our plan was to go to England a week early, rent a car, see the sights, and then join our tour in London. A highlight would be a few days in Tottington, north of Manchester, to meet my husband Doug’s distant relatives on his grandmother’s side. So, it was to be seven days of touring, genealogy, and fun.

The Overseas Experience

            In the midst of a large crowd of a wide spread mixture of nationalities, languages, and unique cultural “swags”, I stood in line at the Newark International Airport waiting to pass through security when it finally hit me… The time had finally come to pack up my bags and begin my next journey. Although still in America, the flurry of non-American cultures was overwhelming and sort of gave me that Wizard of Oz “we’re not in Kansas anymore” type feeling.

Love and marriage

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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